Sunday, November 06, 2016

MARY HAYES - A Pantheon of Minor Deities

A Pantheon of Minor Deities
Tableaux récents de Mary Hayes

03-27 novembre 2016
vernissage jeudi 3 novembre 18 - 21hr

5478 Blvd. Saint-Laurent
Mtl, Qc., H2T 1S1 Canada

The work of Mary Hayes mines the expressive, psychological and sociological implications of the head and the human figure. Most recently, she reinterprets Old Master paintings and archetypes from popular culture with paintings that conflate, morph and mutate, exploring an emotional range between the macabre and the tender.  

A Pantheon of Minor Deities takes a look at archetypes that resurface with each generation in popular culture, through myth, fairy tales, film and video games. Misunderstood monster, imperious goddess, inquisitive alien - come back to us in various forms to guide us through the physical emotional and psychological trials of contemporary life.


Le travail de Mary Hayes sonde les aspects expressif, psychologique et sociologique de la tête et de la figure humaine. L’artiste se consacre depuis peu à l’interprétation d’œuvres de Grands Maîtres et d’archétypes de la culture populaire. Elle explore au moyen de fusions, morphismes et mutations toute une gamme d’émotions entre le tendre et le macabre. 

A Pantheon of Minor Deities pose un regard sur les archétypes générationnels de la culture populaire par l’entremise du mythe, des contes de fées, du cinéma et des jeux vidéo. Le monstre mal-aimé, la déesse impérieuse, l’extraterrestre curieux – reviennent nous visiter sous différentes formes pour nous guider à traversles épreuves physiques, émotionnelles, et psychologiques, de la vie contemporaine.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bass Piano VII

Andrew Wedman (Naramata, BC) will be installing Bass Piano VII in the Monastiraki gallery, with a performance on Friday October 28th.

The Bass Piano is a piano that has been tuned down a full octave to A220. With slightly unstable tuning and long sustains, strange and wonderful anomalies occur within its harmonics.

The night features three free improv duos who will explore the sonic possibilities of bass and Bass Piano: Andrew Wedman (bass piano) with Jason Sharp (bass saxophone), Marielle Groven (bass piano) with Aaron Lumley (contrabass) and Guillaume Dostaler (bass piano) with Lori Freedman (contrabass and bass clarinet).

More about the Bass Piano:

Piano Technician and experimental musician, Andrew Wedman developed the Bass Piano through his work with various altered tunings. The result of detuning a piano is a reduced tension in the strings and a unique tonal quality similar to bells or steel drums. Extreme tunings can be difficult for pianos to adjust to, so Andrew chooses to detune old pianos that would otherwise end up in the garbage. He repurposes these unwanted instruments as Bass Pianos so that they can be playable again.

The Bass Piano was debuted in Berlin in January 2013 with performances by Andrew Wedman and John Kameel Farah. Since then the Bass Piano has been performed by and alongside Ryan Driver, Tania Gill, Marilyn Lerner and John Oswald.

For more information contact Andrew Wedman:

Bass Piano VII
Friday October 28th, 2016
6:00 – 8:00
5478 Blvd St Laurent, Montreal
by donation

Le Piano Bass VII

Le vendredi 28 octobre, Andrew Wedman (Naramata, BC) s’installera à la Gallerie Monastiraki pour une performance de Piano Bass VII. Cet instrument est un piano qu’il a désaccordé d’une octave plus bas. Ce réglage légèrement instable produit des anomalies étranges et merveilleuses qui s’ajoutent aux harmonies du piano.

La soirée propose trois duos d'improvisation libre qui explorent les possibilités soniques de la basse et du Piano Bass: Andrew Wedman (piano bass) et Jason Sharp (saxophone basse), Marielle Groven (piano bass) et Aaron Lumley (contrebasse), ainsi que Guillaume Dostaler (piano bass) et Lori Freedman (contrebasse et clarinette basse).

À propos du Piano Bass:

Technicien accordeur de piano et musicien expérimental, Andrew Wedman a conçu le Piano Bass à travers son travail sur différents accords modifiés. Le désaccordage d’un piano a pour résultat une baisse de tension sur les cordes et une qualité tonale unique similaire aux cloches ou aux tambours en acier (steel-drums). Les pianos ont parfois du mal à s’adapter à ce type d’accordage, c’est pourquoi Andrew utilise uniquement des pianos qui sont voués à être jetés. Il transforme ces instruments en Pianos Bass afin qu'ils puissent être joués de nouveau.

Andrew Wedman a débuté ses performances de Piano Bass à Berlin en janvier 2013 en duo avec John Kameel Farah. Depuis, le Piano Bass a été joué par (et avec) Ryan Driver, Tania Gill, Marilyn Lerner et John Oswald.

Pour plus d'informations, contactez Andrew Wedman:

Piano Bass VII
Vendredi le 28 octobre 2016
18h à 20h
5478 Blvd St Laurent Montréal
Contribution volontaire

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kevin Spenst reads poetry at Monastiraki

Kevin Spenst will drop by Monastiraki to write and read some of his poems on the eastern leg of his casual reading tour !

October 3 
1:30PM @ Causa: a craft art jewelry book shop (13 Kensington) 
3:30PM @ Sovereign State, idea consultancy (827 Dundas St West)
6:45PM @ Full of Beans Coffee (1348 Dundas St West)

October 4 @ 7PM
Boneshaker Reading Series, Toronto

October 5 @ 8PM
Pivot Reading Series, Toronto 
with John Wall Barger, Joe Denham, and Susan Perly
1051 Bloor St West

October 7 @ 7PM
Book Launch, Novel Idea Bookstore, Kingston
with Michael Casteels and Jason Heroux
156 Princess St

October 9 @ 8:30PM
An Evening of Poetry by Poets from Canada, New York
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

October 14 @ 3PM
Monastiraki -Le Petit Monastère
5478 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal

Friday, September 30, 2016

Todd Stewart - Shield Country

Todd Stewart
Shield Country

Vernissage jeudi 6 octobre
expo 6 - 30 octobre, 2016

Todd Stewart : I'm an illustrator and a printmaker. The works in this show are all printed, and are compositions drawing heavily on illustration, either directly on wood or paper, with varying levels of abstraction. The silkscreen process allows me to work automatically, exploring symbol, transparency and light by printing multiples of simple elements and patterns. The work on display was created in the last two years, which includes time spent on residency in Scarborough, Ontario and Saint-Louis, Senegal. Much of it is about landscape and meaning in the symbols in the spaces around us.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Arranging Flowers: New Pictures by JG

New Pictures by JG

Vernissage jeudi 8 septembre 18-22hr
Expo 8 - 25 septembre 2016


Arranging Flowers  


Eye rationale.

Leaning from this stoop into the imaginary arms of Booger Brie, considering how we are formed or influenced by the people and immersive situations we find ourselves in. Arranging Flowers is an installation of screenprinted paper, drawings in frames and paintings responding to the affairs of what and what and what our painted eyes are paying attention to, when there is so much to tend to.

JG is a queer, mostly self-taught visual artist who lives in Montreal. They have been dramatically influenced by anti-aesthetic theory and experimental print based work, underground comics and small press book culture and participate in making art through this lens. You can find them working as a human photocopier at Atelier Lost Cause in the plateau, or listening to mutant disco recordings while tending to the garden growing inside their apartment, as the plant lady.

Thank you ♥

*Works by JG (TINDRUMS) as well as a set of collaborative posters made with illustrations by Brie Moreno (BOOGER BRIE, from Toronto, ON).


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

TOTUM expo & zine launch

TOTUM is a group-oriented art zine collecting the works of up-and-coming Montreal illustrators. The idea behind it is to create a book with a rich variety of voices and visions, a place to take these individual pieces and to create a whole with them. 
With the 4th issue now in the process of completion, we've decided to celebrate and put together an exhibition showcasing over two dozen contributions made by the diverse set of artists involved. Exhibiting works spread through both the third and fourth issues, you'll get the chance to see all the illustrations in person, as well as the official launch of TOTUM No. 4. 

Thursday, August 25th from 6 to 10 PM. 
The Event will be held at Monastiraki - Le Petit Monastère
Food and drinks will be supplied. Free entrance.

Gabor Bata
Indiana Brierley
Mathieu Larone
Darcy Roop
Graeme Shorten Adams
Alexandra Poulin
Tony Luzano
Julian Bata
Patrick Callahan
Annette Fanzhu
Mony Pich
Trevor Yardley-Jones
Sara Hum

Share with friends and family and help spread the word! We hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Nadia Moss - Drawings

Nadia Moss will enter our space and leave her mark June 2nd 2016.
Show is up all month.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Twenty Years of
Conundrum Press

Montreal: Monastiraki, 5478 Boul. St Laurent

Saturday May 7 2016
4pm onwards. Free to all.

The Twenty Year Conundrum

This will be a month long art show (May 4-29) comprised of the originals
given to editor and pubisher Andy Brown over the years, featuring: Shary
Boyle, Sherwin Tjia, Nina Bunjevac, Dakota McFadzean, Marc Ngui, Yvette
Poorter, Simon Bosse, Richard Suicide, Philipe Girard, Pascal Girard, Claire
Seringhaus, Billy Mavreas, Joey Dubuc, Ian Sullivan Cant.
There will be all the Conundrum books for sale and many early out of print
treasures under glass. Come Saturday May 7 for the launch of the anthology
and Conundrum reunion party. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Julie Desquand April 2016

Vernissage Thursday April 7 6 - 9 pm
Expo 7 avril - 30 avril 2016

Julie est une artiste vivant à Montréal, son travail nous présente une :

Allégorie d’un monde flottant, indicible, évocateur de rêve, cette série d’estampes faites d’huile et d’encre, nous livre un univers fantasmagorique née d’une affinité entre dessin et peinture.

Julie is an artist living in Montreal, her recent work presents:

An allegory of a floating world, indescribable, evoking an aura of dreams. This oil and ink print series reveals a phantasmagoric universe born from an affinity between drawing and painting

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jason Gillingham - RADIUS

We are very excited to launch our 2016 exhibition season with Jason Gillingham. Jason is an artist with a varied practise, making visual poetry with text and tape as well as
working with all manner of found metal strapping to create exquisite weavings, often embellished with punched text. These weavings act as binding between the more ephemeral qualities of language and the undeniably tactile.

The opening will be on Thursday, March 3rd from 6 pm until 9pm. The exhibit continues until the 27th of March 2016.

We hope to see you there !

Sunday, February 07, 2016

COMING UP MARCH 2016 Jason Gillingham - RADIUS

Jason Gillingham - RADIUS

Jason Gillingham is an artist living in Montreal, Canada. 
His recent workings are primarily of woven industrial materials.

3 mars - 27 mars 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

slow opening into 2016 cont'd




JEUDI   12 - 20
VENDREDI 12 - 20
SAMEDI  12 - 17
DIMANCHE 12 - 17



FRIDAY 12 - 8
SUNDAY 12 - 5 



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What ? Pay Pal !

Paypal enabled !

Please send us as much money as you like to yesmonastiraki @ gmail dot com

Thanks !

Friday, December 11, 2015

NEW Billy Mavreas Colouring Book !

"Colour Me All Of Us !" is the first colouring book made by cartoonist and all around artist-type Billy Mavreas.

20 new drawings of bunnies and other cartoonish critters make up this sweet stocking stuffer !

20 $ Canadian
5$ shipping in Canada
7$ shipping in USA

Available now at Monastiraki. E-transfers accepted. Msg us for ordering details !
yesmonastiraki @

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Old Fashioned SANTA returns to Mile-End !

This is no hipster BS this is a traditional guy in a Santa suit !!!

Come and get your photo taken with the man in red !

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Toast&Q annual hat show Anti-Gravity

Défilé annuel TOAST&Q !! 
Défilé annuel et fête des chapeaux !!!

*Défilé à 5:45*

C'est un vernissage / défilé de la mode / fête des chapeaux pour une soirée seulement !! Très spéciale.........
Défilé des nouveautés à 5:45*

Many chapeaux from previous collections ( development of ideas ) will be displayed, will be tried on, will be sported joyfully, will be admired, oowed and awed at, will lift your spirits, will defy notions of sense and non-sense...
Come and have fun ! Run away and enjoy this little space circus !!
*there will be wine
*the défilé will run on time
merci, et à bientôt !

mardi 1 decembre 2015 17hr
tuesday dec 1st 2015 5pm

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

TOTUM zine launch & exhibit

TOTUM is a zine collecting the works of up-and-coming Montreal illustrators. With the 2nd volume now in the process of completion, we've decided to celebrate and put together an exhibition showcasing over two dozen contributions made by the diverse set of artists involved. Exhibiting works both unreleased and original spread through the first two issues, you'll get the chance to see all the illustrations in person, as well as the official launch of TOTUM Volume 2. 

Friday, November 20th from 5-8 PM. 
The Event will be held at Monastiraki - Le Petit Monastère 
Food and drinks will be supplied. 

Alexandra Poulin
Tony Luzano
Dylan Cooney
Gabor Bata
Julian Bata
Kat Annett
Patrick Callahan
Annette Fanzhu
Mony Pich
Alex Marini
Sora Park
Trevor Yardley-Jones
Sara Hum
Antonio Sonnessa

Friday, November 13, 2015

Justin Bhatia / Samuel Moucha

Nov 11 - Nov 18

Justin Bhatia returns to Montreal with new drawings
Samuel Moucha leaves Montreal with an installation tribute to Nikola Tesla

Justin Bhatia:
Hooded rainbow shooting spectres, water coloured amidst skulls, flora, geologic abberations. Arcane RockNRoll art hinting at romance and invisible worlds.

Samuel Moucha:
The inspiration of the project derives from our fascination for Nikola Tesla's personality and inventions, which have been in many cases undervalued and forgotten. I initiated this project with composer Kota Nakamura

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Optimistic Panorama Optimiste GRAHAM HALL

Optimistic Panorama Optimiste  GRAHAM HALL
Vernissage Thursday Oct 15, 2015

Les nombreux pavillons des expositions universelles de 1967 à Montréal et de 1970 à Osaka étaient des visions d'un futur plein de possibilités. Pourtant, aucun n'a été conçu pour survivre plus longtemps que la durée de l'événement. Très peu d'entre eux demeurent intacts, et ceux qui le sont semblent évoquer une époque qui n'a jamais réellement existé, à laquelle on n'aurait aspiré que le temps d'un bref moment. Nous nous remémorons cette période où tout était possible avec admiration et nostalgie. Nous la voyons en rose, débordante d'innocence et de bienveillance, alors que sa réalité était plutôt celle de la dégénérescence environnementale, des désastres économiques, de la guerre froide, de la corruption politique et du désordre social planétaire. Ces mêmes réalités persistent encore aujourd'hui, et semblent même s'être amplifiées dans l'imaginaire collectif. Cette impression est peut­être seulement due à notre manque de recul. Aujourd'hui, la désillusion semble être devenue un automatisme, l'optimisme et l'idéalisme appartenant à une époque révolue de naïveté crédule.
L'inventivité aussi semble être dépassée. Il est très à la mode de faire un spectacle de combien on est au courant des innombrables atrocités qui se produisent dans le monde. Pourtant, les artistes du passé dont nous admirons toujours l'avant­gardisme avaient à composer avec des éléments semblables : le totalitarisme, la guerre industrielle, des inégalités sociales inimaginables, le joug de la religion et l'effondrement total de l'ordre social. À travers le brouillard de l’adversité, ces visionnaires arrivaient à entrevoir un nouveau point de départ, et, au lieu de se lamenter de l'obscurité ambiante, ils ont cherché à faire renaitre la lumière. Ils savaient que c'est dans les décombres qu'on trouve de la place pour construire.
Nous réagissons passivement aux malheurs qui nous entourent. S'imaginer quelque chose implique une action, la nécessité d'envisager des possibles, même s'ils nous semblent chimériques. Parce que sans des perspectives positives, nous nous noyons dans un océan d'autocritique et de morosité.
Dans ce corpus, je fais écho aux modernistes, sans vouloir les copier gratuitement. Les géométries de Rodchenko, Schwitters, Klee, DeLaunay et des futuristes russes y sont. Il y a des relents du graphisme ésotérique, comme si ces images étaient plus que la somme de leurs parties. Elles ont quelque chose de théosophique.
Un pont est ainsi créé à travers le 20e siècle, constitué de visions d'avant­guerre et d'hallucinations de l'époque psychédélique, de rêveries romantiques et d'aspirations d'une conscience planétaire en paix. En somme, un pont soutenu par l'espoir et le rejet du cynisme.
Ces oeuvres représentent un plaidoyer pour une conspiration du bonheur, pour l'amour et une acceptation des imperfections, pour une utilisation de la débrouillardise qui nous élève au­dessus de nos différences. Au­dessus de la politique et de la religion, jusque dans la sphère de la vitalité de l'esprit. C'est une vision intrinsèquement utopique, mais bâtie sur une structure de réalisme. C'est une ode à l'optimisme et à lespoir.


The pavilions in Montreal and Osaka of Expos ‘67 and ‘70 were visions of a future of possibility, yet none were built to last beyond the term of the event. Only a very few survive, and those that do not live on only in photographs which seem to evoke a time and place that almost never was, that was aspired to for the blink of an eye. We look back on these things with admiration and positive nostalgia for a time when things seemed possible. We cast the era as golden and innocent, when we know full well the ravages of environmental degradation, economic disaster, cold war frost, political corruption and violent social upheaval that spread their pall across the globe at the time. The same conditions exist today, seemingly amplified, but perhaps only so seeming, because we have not the advantage of hindsight on our current position. Yet now so much optimism and possibility­embracing are often considered naive, and stark bitterness is the go­to mode.
It seems to be terribly uncool to seek new creative invention, and very cool to show how cognizant one is of the shit­storm of horrible things happening to the world. Yet, the artists of the past whom we admire for forging new ground for the future had to contend with totalitarianism, industrialized war, social inequality unthinkable of today, the shackles of religion, even the total breakdown of social order. Through the haze of these difficulties, the visionaries of the past saw a Year Zero, and instead of bemoaning the hovering darkness, they sought to create anew the light of day. All may lie in ruin, but this provides space to build.
We are passively reactive to the ills around us. Imagining implies that we be actively active, that we move towards possibilities, no matter how hopelessly unrealizable they may appear. Because without the outlook of fantastic possibility we drown in gloom and critique­without­end.
In this body of work, a harkening back to early Modernism is evident, but not slavishly copied; the geometries of Rodchenko, Schwitters, Klee, DeLaunay, Russian Futurism. There is a hint of esoteric design, as though the pictures ought to be about more than just the sum of their parts. Theosophy could be at home here.
Thus there is a bridging of the 20th Century, from the visions of pre­war, to the hallucinations of the revolutionary psychedelic era, tapping Romantic fantasies and fevered dreams of a world mind at peace, of the belief in possibility rather than the retreat into cynicism.
It is a call for a conspiracy of happiness, a belief in love, an acceptance of imperfection and the harnessing of ingenuity to lift humankind beyond petty discriminations. It is beyond politics, beyond religion. It is about the life and health of the mind. It is Utopian in nature, but not in conception. It is a very long poem dedicated to describing positivity and optimism. 

Friday, September 25, 2015


Alexis O'Hara

Sept. 2015

Last week, I passed a billboard advertising the Yellow Pages app and was immediately overcome with melancholy. It used to be exciting to receive the new phonebook. I remember the thrill of spotting my name amongst the thousands of other O'Haras living in the city. Not my full name, mind you, as every mother had cautioned her daughter to only use her first initial lest the mention of a woman's name serve as an invitation -  Call me! - for rapists and predatory telemarketers. The white pages have, of course, gone the way of the 8-track tape.  And we can faux-piously claim death to the phonebook and its waste of trees as we line up to slip the newest, slightly sharper, slightly faster, portable radiation machine into our pockets. Considering the ubiquity of Google, one wonders how well the Yellow Pages will fare with their mobile reincarnation. Good luck.

While I mourn the corpses left in the wake of technological advances and the progress of post-modern modernity, I know that melancholy is a key motivator to the consumer impulse. We are always behind the curve. Find out what you've been missing. For some, there is no emotional block to throwing out one thing in order to acquire another. Other amongst us cling to a every broken whathaveyou , sure that eventually it will get fixed.

I've been noticing a lot of walkmen on the metro lately and I love it. Garbage pickers of the world, unite! We find poetry in a discarded note, a slightly chipped figurine, a quaint relic of antiquated ideology. We swoon at the endearing wtf-ness of a hand-typed recipe for a "salad" that requires canned fruit, gelatin and a can of 7-UP. We are charmed by the corsets of the past as we turn our noses up to the high-heeled sneakers of today.

But sometimes it's just so bloody amazing to discover just how vast and weird the world of consumer-goods-making can be. Behold this figurine, Betty the Beautiful, first issue in the Clowns on Parade collection, a limited edition series created by Roger Brown for the House of Global Art in 1987. Aside from a few ebay listings that highlight the competitiveness of Monastiraki's pricing, there is precious little information to be found online about Betty, Roger or the House of Global Art. Betty is truly mystifying, she'd make a rather perverse addition to Aunt Margie's tchotchke collection but is not quite obscene enough to make her way into the curiosity cabinets of the avant-weirdo shoppers.

One thing for sure is that she makes a lovely addition to Bow Town, the group exhibit curated by Zuzu Knew and Starchild Stela. Come check it out. You can marvel at the eerie parallel between Betty and Laura Harte's sexy clown. And while we're at it, we'll toast the rebirth of the cassette tape.