Erotics of Attention: Films of ELLIE EPP

My buds and fellow Double Negative Collective members, Malena Szlam and Daichi Saito are the programmers behind the new Parallax Views series at the Segal Center. A few weeks ago they showed Paul Clipson’s work (filmmaker was in attendance) and this weekend they’re featuring the work of Ellie Epp,  who will be attending the screening.

From the program notes:

Legendary Canadian filmmaker, writer and philosopher Ellie Epp screens her four 16mm films followed by a Q&A with the artist. Alongside her films, she will introduce Pictures On Pink Paper, a film by British artist Lis Rhodes.

“Framing of a slide is absolute. You can’t fix it later. You only have once chance. People have said they can see in my work that I’m coming from still photography. I can see that too, but I think the fixed frame is appropriate to the kind of film I make, that sense of someone standing and staring. The fixed frame says that I’ve given the stage to the thing I’m looking at, I’m letting it take me. It is a kind of erotic.” (Ellie Epp, from “As If an Interview”)

Details about the event:

Saturday February 12th at 7:30pm in the Segal Centre CinemaSpace. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. WHERE: 5170, ch. de la Côte-Ste-Catherine (Metro Snowdon or Côte-Ste-Catherine, Bus 129) TICKETS: Adults $10 | Students/Seniors $8



Hochelaga Goddamn!

"Le vent n’a pas d’odeur… Il en apporte, éventuellement."

Excellent new blog about Montreal: Hochelaga Goddamn! includes site-specific sound clips and archival photographs about that neighborhood.

La société HGD! se préoccupe de la conservation du patrimoine sonore du quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve situé a Montréal, Québec. La société HGD! s’est dotée d’un ambitieux programme de numérisation qui vise l’ensemble du patrimoine sonore du quartier. Les collections sont accessibles gratuitement sur Internet ou le seront au cours des prochaines années.


Hanukkah Harry Came And Filled Our Bellies With Deli Food

The Snowdon Deli is a Montreal institution! I think it’s been there since 1949. My family is large and blended and one faction of have been going for Hanukkah/Christmas deli-style food stuffs for years- it’s an integral part of our nutty traditions. That along with a tacky holiday tree made of silver tinsel and LED lights. Thanks to CD, Lisa and Dave for an excellent Hanukkah!

Our haul: bagels, rye bread, tongue, carp, smoked salmon, cream cheese, liver pate, carmelized onions, mustard, eggplant puree, karnatzel, cucumber salad, party sandwiches, fruit salad and "the good cookies" and blue shopping bag tossed in for free!!

They have grocery store checkout divider bars separating orders on the counter top.

Good cookies are on the bottom left.

The Hanukkah Tree!

Snowdon Deli Restaurant Montreal Information
5265 boulevard Décarie, cross street Queen Mary, Snowdon, Montreal
Phone Number: 514-488-9129
Payment: MasterCard, Visa, Interac
Hours: Sat – Thurs 6:00 am – 7:30 pm, Fri 6:00 am – 6:30 pm

(info source)

Small Town, Big Pictures

Majestic Theatre in Biggar, SK

My partner in crime Mike Rollo has a cool series going on over on his blog called Small Town, Big Pictures which profiles old time-y cinemas in Saskatchewan towns and cities. Enjoy!


Cosley Football Player, Ren Netherland/Animal Photography, groomed by J. Cosley, 2009

nSteelers Hair Helmet, design by Little Willie, photograph by David Yellen from the book Hair Wars, 2006

Denny DeLuca’s Steeler Room, Whatever It Takes, exhibition photo

SuperFan by Lem Apperson, photo by P. Fitzgibbons

My bud Astria‘s new show at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University looks like excellent fun! It’s called Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions:

If space aliens landed in Pittsburgh, what would they determine was the dominant culture that unified the populace? It could only be Steelers culture.

Steelers culture is Pittsburgh’s popular culture, and the fans are its primary producers. Often overlooked in discussions of pop culture, much less “high” culture, sports fans are portrayed as immature, uncritical, and passive consumers blindly following a branded product.”

More here. On until Jan. 30 2011!

Seven Days of Vintage

Seven Days of Vintage


If you’re like me and you love vintage clothes, I urge you to check out the Seven Days of Vintage clothing sale that starts today, Sept. 9th and runs until the 15th! You can go check them out at 5143 St. Laurent Blvd; Studio Off InterArts, the sale runs from September 9th to 15th, open every day from 11am to 7pm.

The ladies behind this madness say that Seven Days of Vintage is “a collaborative Pop-Up shop in Montreal showcasing vintage men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Sales occur for seven days each and feature the collections of Vintage to Go!, Sunday Adventure Club and The Crumpet Closet.


Support for Astria Suparak and The Warehouse Gallery

Astria Suparak is an awesome artist and curator who invited out our video program Daughters of Joy! down to NY state a few weeks ago. The work she has done over the last year as Director of the Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse, NY has been inspiring, contemporary and emerging artist driven. This week, we
have learned that Astria is being fired from her position. The
Syracuse arts community is stunned by this: faculty at Syracuse
University, local arts organizations, and artists in the area have
been thrilled by the great programs Astria has organized in her short
tenure at the Gallery, and feel she has contributed much to the city.
Astria is very professional in all her undertakings.
She has made strong connections in this community, and fostered great
dialogue. The only reasons we have been given for this decision, made
by Jeffrey Hoone, is that he is restructuring the Gallery to meet his
high standards. We do not know what these standards are, and feel
that The Warehouse Gallery has been very successful in bringing
important contemporary art to central New York.

If you feel comfortable in doing so, we ask you to write a letter to
the people listed below. As a member of a larger art community,
showing support for Astria and her fine work will help us to improve
arts programming in Syracuse, as well as allow Astria to continue to
contribute her talents to the art world at large. Below is an email
that is being circulated to as many people as possible. Please feel
free to send it to anyone you feel should know about this, or would
be willing to help.

You can see some of the letters that have
already been written on her behalf at
Dear All,

This past last week, I have learned that an exhibition of the social
activist artists The Yes Men, scheduled to open in November at The
Warehouse Gallery in downtown Syracuse, has been canceled by upper
management. When I inquired about the reasons for this decision, I
learned that CMAC (Coalition of Museums and Art Centers at Syracuse
University) is planning personnel changes at The Warehouse Gallery,
and canceled this show because of the anticipated lack of continuity
in the staff.

What is most alarming about this is that it appears that Astria
Suparak, the current Director of the Gallery, is being forced out. If
you feel that the work that Astria has done is valuable, please take
the time now to let others know.

I am writing to urge you to show your support now for Astria and the
programs she has organized at The Warehouse Gallery (including Come
On: Desire Under The Female Gaze, Faux Naturel, Embracing Winter, and
Networked Nature, along with various screenings and events around
town). You can do so in a number of ways:

1) write a letter to the following people:

Jeffrey Hoone, Executive Director, CMAC,

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor,

Eric Spina, Vice Chancellor/Provost,

Carole Brzozowski, Dean of CVPA,

Please write of any personal experience you have had, either in
working with Astria, attending exhibitions and events at The
Warehouse Gallery, and/or your thoughts on its programming thus far.

Some points you could make ( I offer these only as a things to think

– The Warehouse Gallery is needed space for contemporary art. The
exhibitions it has offered have been important. This is due in a
large part because of the work of its current staff.

– The programming at the Warehouse Gallery has the support of people
on campus, and in the local as well as national/international arts
community. Astria has made strong connections with different
departments on campus, with local arts groups, and with national/
international artists.

– Astria Suparak is a young curator worth supporting. She has shown
her abilities to put together intelligent exhibitions of artistic and
social importance. See for details.

– The Warehouse Gallery has been a significant contributor to the
“cultural capital” of Syracuse, something that both the city and
University claim as being valued.

– It is important that CMAC, and its Executive Director Jeffrey
Hoone, as a powerful cultural entity, be responsive to those who care
about the arts and be transparent about decisions.

2) Write a letter to the Editor to the following papers (include your
address and daytime phone number):

–The Post-Standard In the “subject box,”
please type “Post-Standard letter.”
The Readers’ Page, Box 4915, Syracuse 13221.
Fax : 470-3081.

–The New Times:
Syracuse New Times Letters, 1415 W. Genesee St., Syracuse 13204
fax: 422-1721

–The Daily Orange:
The Daily Orange Corp.
744 Ostrom Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 443-2314

3) Attend the opening reception this Thursday at the Warehouse
Gallery, from 5-8 pm, to show your support. Refreshments provided.

4) Pass this email on to anyone you think would be interested in
issues concerning the growth and appreciation of dynamic,
contemporary art in Upstate New York.