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

CONUNDRUM PRESS 20th ANNIV PARTY / EXPO / BOOK LAUNCH MAY 2016


















20x20:
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

http://jasongillingham.com/







Wednesday, February 03, 2016

slow opening into 2016 cont'd

MONASTIRAKI

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HORAIRE FEVRIER 2016
OUVERT 

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


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FEBRUARY 2016 SCHEDULE
OPEN

THURSDAY 12 - 8
FRIDAY 12 - 8
SATURDAY 12 - 5
SUNDAY 12 - 5 




MERCI

THANKS

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 @ gmail.com

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 !! 
"Anti-gravity"
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. 

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

ARTISTS EXHIBITED
Alexandra Poulin
Tony Luzano
Dylan Cooney
Gabor Bata
Julian Bata
Kat Annett
Patrick Callahan
Annette Fanzhu
Kaia'tanoron
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.

OPTIMISTIC PANORAMA

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

MELANCHONSUMERISM by Alexis O'Hara

MELANCHONSUMERISM
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.























Monday, September 14, 2015

BOW TOWN ultra femme & feminist aesthetics group show

Starchild Stela and Zuzu Knew have been wanting to curate an art show featuring the ultra femme & feminist aesthetics for a while. Now, thanks to Billy Mavreas & Emilie O'Brien, we have a chance to do so in their space from September 16th to October 4th at Monastiraki - Le Petit Monastère in Montreal. 

The idea underlying this show is that we absolutely need to make Montreal a bow town, not a bro town. We are tired of the boring old mentality going around art galleries and feeling unsafe in the streets. We want softness and femme power to take over this city!

To be featured will be work around the concepts of:
Bow Town, Bows Before Bros, High Femme, Ultra Feminine, Hard femme/ Soft femme, Bows For Balance, Bow Down and infinity.

Vernissage will be held September 16 at 6PM. Vegan cupcakes will be served (from Byrdsheese - Fromages véganes!), and we will launch a zine and sticker pack featuring all the artists participating in the show!

♥♥♥ magical tunes provided by Dj shakti-in-flux ♥♥♥

Featuring artwork by local and international artists of different backgrounds and mediums:

-Ambivalently Yours
-Beth Frey
-Bethy Lamb ♥ In loving memory ♥
-Binx
-Clara B
-Cissa Jackson
-Fiona Smyth
-Flora Hammond
-Ginette Lapalme
-Holly Ruth Anderson
-Ian Langohr
-Ivy Atoms
-Jenn Woodall
-Jesse Purcell
-Jon Vaughn
-Jonny Petersen
-La Fille Bertha
-Laura Harte
-Laurence Philomene
-Lenore Claire Herrem
-Lindsay Campbell
-Lora Mathis
-Louise Reimer
-Lovestruck prints
-Naps
-Naylemonstre Art
-Mary Tremonte
-Mimi Chrzanowski
-Peter Kalyniuk
-Sarah Bourget
-Simon Fortin
-Sera Jolteon Stanton
-Squid Vishuss
-Starchild Stela
-SUGARBONES
-Swarm
-Sylvia Munson
-Tiffany Paige
-Tyr Jami
-Vile Child
-Yher
-Zuzu Knew

♥ This show is dedicated in the loving memory of Bethy Lamb ♥





Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CENT JOURS


100 Days - 100 Drawings

All summer long, the American cartoonist François Vigneault has been sketching buildings, people, and scenes of life in Montréal and other locales in Québec. These simple ink drawings and watercolors showcase quotidian city life, from well-known monuments to humble back alleys.

Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, September 11th from 6:00pm–10:00pm. Artwork will be available for viewing and purchase from September 11th – 13th.

100 Jours - 100 Dessins

Durant tout l'été, l'illustrateur américain François Vigneault a dessiné édifices, gens et scènes de la vie de Montréal et du Québec. Ces simples croquis à l'encre et aquarelles présentent la vie quotidienne, en passant par certains monuments bien connus jusqu'aux ruelles les plus modestes.

Joignez-vous à nous pour un vernissage en compagnie de l'artiste, le vendredi 11 septembre de 18h00 à 22h00. Les dessins seront disponibles pour achat du 11 au 13 septembre.



























Francois' Patreon account !

Thursday, June 04, 2015

DEMONS drawings by Billy Mavreas


























DEMONS
Billy Mavreas

They aren't bunnies.
They never were bunnies.
They are demons.

Vernissage
Thursday June 11 2015 18-21hr

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Frosh Week horror comix anthology launch party


Join half of the artists, friends & sucker press for the Montréal launch of FROSH WEEK, a 56 page black and white body horror themed comic anthology, at Monastiraki this Friday May 15,  from 7-9pm!


























^^^
the FROSH WEEK "ALPHA PACK" comes with a limited edition Michael DeForge print, a screen printed FROSH WEEK shirt and a copy of the anthology for an amazing deal!!