Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sweet Sixteen Party August 17, 2014 !

Monastiraki célèbre son doux 16ème anniversaire cette année!

16 ans dans le Mile-End, 16 ans d’existence ouverte, hétéroclite et de vie de communauté créatrice.

16 ans de trouvailles de collectionneurs, de babioles-papier uniques, de spectacles d’art, de fanzines et d’estampes, de bricolage pour/par les enfants, de parties de collage.

Viens célébrer avec nous, on aura sur place des cocktails, une table de collage et de la musique ‘en direct’ toute la journée.

Dimanche, 17 août, 2014, 14h00 à 20h00.


Monastiraki is celebrating its Sweet16 this year !

16 years in Mile-End, 16 years of open, eclectic, creative community existence.
16 years of vintage finds, one-of-a-kind paper ephemera, art shows, zines & prints, kids crafts, collage parties.

Come celebrate with us, there will be cocktails, a collage table and live music through out the day.

Sunday, August 17, 2014 2pm until 8pm

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Monastiraki is Sweet Sixteen !

We are sixteen years old ! We will celebrate with all of you this summer ! We are so so thankful for the wild ride we've been on !

Friday, May 23, 2014


Vernissage June 5, 6-9pm
Exhibit June 5 - 29, 2014

On the walls 
Ballerina Convention by Austin English
In the window 
Psychic Candy Hover Lands by Zuzu Knew

Austin English---whose books include Christina and Charles, The Disgusting Room, and the Ignatz-Award nominated The Life Problem---will present a suite of new drawings made in graphite and colored pencil for this show of works on paper at Monastiraki. In addition to these newer, never before exhibited drawings, English will also present key pages from past comics. The show will attempt to present a view of the different approaches to drawing and image making that English has been working with over the past 10 years.

Zuzu Knew is an interdisciplinary artist who follows her cravings to create wondermints. She often combines pastry, creature infinity and prism vision to make living cartoons; drawings, analogue projections, street art, costumes, and cake. Psychic Candy Hover Lands portrays an environment in the flux of its naturally sweet and sour landscape where at first glance cute and upon a closer look foreboding elements balance each other out. Zu recently went to Greece for the Koumaria Residency, launched the film Smile Stealers with collaborators and does projections and styling for the band Syngja. She is part of an ongoing documentary about her and her sister and their great grandmother.

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Vernissage 5 juin, 18-21hr
Expo 5-29 juin, 2014

Sur les murs 
Ballerina Convention de Austin English
Dans la vitrine 
Psychic Candy Hover Lands de Zuzu Knew

Austin English -dont les livres incluent Christina and Charles, The Disgusting Room, et The Life Problem (nominé pour le Prix Ignatz)-présentera une série de nouveaux dessins faits au graphite et crayons de couleurs pour cette exposition d’oeuvres sur papier à Monastiraki. En plus de ces nouveaux dessins jamais exposés, English présentera aussi des pages clés de ses BD passées. Cette exposition tentera de présenter un aperçu des différentes approches au dessin et à la fabrication d’images sur lesquelles English a travaillé pendant les 10 dernières années.

Zuzu Knew est une artiste interdisciplinaire qui suit ses désirs afin de créer des ‘wondermints’. Elle combine souvent pâtisserie, créature de l’infini et vision de prisme afin de faire des dessins animés vivants : dessins, projections analogues, art de la rue, costumes et gâteau. Psychic Candy Hover Lands illustre un environnement dans le flux d’un paysage naturellement aigre et doux, qui, à première vue, montre des éléments mignons et qui pourtant, vus de plus près, s’avèrent des choses à saveur d’appréhension. Zu a récemment visité la Grèce pour la Résidence Koumaria, lancé le film Smile Stealers avec des collaborateurs et est responsable des projections du groupe Syngja en plus d’en être la styliste. Elle participe à un documentaire en évolution au sujet d’elle-même, de sa sœur et de son arrière grand-mère.


Thursday, May 15, 2014


Coming up next month, June 2014, we're very happy to have drawings by
the inimitable Austin English - comic artist, publisher, drawer.

Sunday, April 27, 2014


an exhibit of small clusters

We here at Monastiraki cannot help but collect small objects that resonate with unknown history.

For this exhibit, we've brought together some of our favourites and created new small sculptural works,
part jewellery, part fetish object.

Please join us for something a little different.

Vernissage Thursday May 1st, 2014
Exhibit runs until June 1st.


Accroissements – Une Exposition de Petits Amas

Nous, à , Monastiraki - Le Petit Monastère ne pouvons nous empêcher de collectionner de petits objets qui résonnent d’une histoire inconnue.

Pour cette exposition, nous avons rassemblé quelques uns de nos objets favoris et créé de nouvelles petites œuvres de sculptures, mi- bijoux, mi- objets fétiches.

Joignez-vous à nous pour quelque chose d’un peu différent !

Vernissage jeudi 1 mai, 2014
expo 1mai - 1 juin,. 2014


Billy Mavreas wrote a short text about how his small object collection led to this show coming together.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Is an artist based in Montreal.
'2013' will be showing at Monastiraki from April 3-27. 


On 3 April, 2014, the year 2013 is revisited by a crowd of people relishing one of the first days of spring in Montreal. The window is full of fresh flowers in dialogue with a 5-foot-tall, 3-dimensional pyramid characterized by bold colors contained in a geometric style. The works on the wall are highly mathematical and controlled, but the order lends a sense of calm instead of restriction. Inviting its viewer to think about the past in its relationship to history, the present, and the future, Graham Hall’s work succeeds as both retrospect and potentiality. Once the crowd thinned out nearing the end of the night, I had the chance to talk with Graham about his work, steamies vs toasties, and Muddy Waters.

Just to open it up, tell us a bit about the body of work – any inspiration, challenges, etc?
Initially this work was inspired by a couple of postcards that I dug out of my files, which I had initially bought many years ago in Venice, which depicted some of the floor pavements in the Basilica St. Marco, attributed to Paolo Uccello – the Great Renaissance Master. I wanted to see if I could reproduce them in some kind of way. I liked the 3-D effects in them and I was attracted to trying to be very, very precise in the making of the work. It was kind of a personal challenge, I guess, to see if I could do it and see where I could take it after I theoretically would be able to do it. Because it’s very, very math-based, lots of geometry, and I’ve always been terrified of mathematics (laughter).

Do you think that there’s a specific time and place in the artist’s life when a personal challenge is necessary?
For me, it’s something that comes up constantly, but without realizing that I’m setting it up. I’ve produced several bodies of work over the years, that were very interesting to me initially, just to do, to make something that would hopefully be beautiful in the end, but that then required (as the series went on) a really serious amount of heavy work. A really, really tight, labor-intensive process. And I guess the reason that I follow through with it is because I either know that the end result will be great, because of the first couple of attempts, or I’m looking forward to what the result will be, which is an unknown. If I do this, and this and this and this, eventually I will come to an end and then I’ll have this thing, if all goes well (laughter).

Even if the end isn’t necessarily ideal, the piece still exists.
To me it matters that you get to that point. The work will often start in a very expressive way, and usually very, very quickly it turns into that labor-intensive process that has in its sights, in the end, the creation of a piece that I want to look at.

Why are there flowers in the window tonight?
Another inspiration for this body of work was the reading of Umberto Eco’s On Beauty, so I became interested in beauty and ideas of beauty. And flowers, I think it’s pretty generally agreed, are beautiful things, so that’s one aspect of flowers in the window. I had conceived of the idea of having an abundance of flowers in the window prior to the passing of my former professor, Maestro Peter Porcal, and since his passing, it sort of turned into this idea of not just celebrating spring and having joy in the beauty of flowers, but also, kind of a tribute to this great man who influenced me in so many ways.

What is your favorite Montreal food joint when you’re drunk?
Usually at home (laughter). But on the rare occasion that I am out on the town, getting shit-faced, very rare occasion, Chez Claudette is a hop, skip and a jump away from where I live, so I guess if I were to choose something, it would be something that is close to home, so that I can then stumble up the stairs with a belly full of poutine.

Toastie or Steamie?

Best new book you’ve read?
I’ve not quite finished it, but, I have been reading, very slowly, Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?. Which is amazing. Sheila, I knew, not very well – friends of friends – back when I lived in Toronto. In fact, back then, she was the first person whom I didn’t know very well, who told me that they really enjoyed my artwork. So I felt it important to read one of her books. The funny thing is, I know a few people in the book (laughter). Not well, but I definitely know some of them, and I certainly know many of the places. It feels very familiar, and especially the situations that she’s writing about, for me, over the past couple of months, I very much identify with.

What music are you listening to?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of electric blues. I recently bought Muddy Waters’ 1968 electric album called Electric Mud, which is really awesome. It’s pretty clear that they’re just jamming away. There’s a really out-of-tune clarinet solo in one of the songs, which is a little bit off-putting, but most of it is this really great bluesy – well, not just bluesy – but full on Muddy Waters blues, fuzzed-out porno funk; it’s pretty awesome. I’m liking that. I’m liking Them with Van Morrison, and early Rolling Stones, and Yardbirds. And I always go back to Stooges, MC5.

What’s going on with the Malaysia flight? What does it mean for contemporary thought?
Well, it means that we’re reminded once again that we’re at the mercy of the universe. We like to think because we’ve got iPhones and all that shit, that we’re in control but obviously we’re not. I worry that it feeds into Bermuda Triangle garbage thinking, but a year or two from now they’ll find something just like the Air France flight that crashed off Brazil a couple years ago. It’s a tragedy, and it’s too bad that we immediately think, (gasp), “Oh, is it terrorism?” But tragedies happen, and random shit fuckin’ happens, you know? And that’s life. I know that very well (laughter).

Any closing remarks; something that has been running through your head recently?
Something that went through my mind last week – I was thinking about the fact that all this work in the show is from the previous year: what does that mean? And I thought, well, I think about history a lot. I thought, looking towards the past, is ultimately, a wish for hope in the future. And a search, or yearning for Romance in the present. 

Interview conducted by Tara Slaughter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Graham Hall - 2013

Graham Hall  2013

rivers, mountains, martyrs
salt mine, sanctuary, visions
new sacrifice, vestal experiences, satanic adversary
everything, big things, small things
fantasy, power and zero

(all of the work in this exhibition was either completed or begun in 2013)

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Graham Hall  2013

rivières, montagnes, martyres
mine de sel, sanctuaire, visions
nouveau sacrifice, expériences vestales, adversaire satanique
toute chose, grandes choses, petites choses
fantaisie, pouvoir et zéro.

(Toutes les œuvres d’art de cette exposition ont été soit complétées, soit commencées en 2013)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

From The Archives - Pedagogical Literature

We manage to collect kids school books of various kinds and conditions.
If a book is in no shape to sell but is festooned with character, it is kept in the archives.
If a book is pristine but so awesome it couldn't possibly be let go, it is kept in the archives.
Here is an example of each.

The first book we'll look at is Magic Letters, a psychedelic romp through diverse style changes, watercolour, paper cut-out, clay illustration, etc.

Check out some of these spreads -

On a radically different note, Let's Learn To Spell is a staid grammar book, replete with exercises on constructing sentences and all that. Why we feature it here is for the arcane quality of it's symbols and the obvious connection between spelling words and casting spells (magic letters!). Also, some kid went to town on it and learned to spell.

This is a small fragment of our collection. Stay tuned for more thematic uploads.