Friday, December 04, 2009

HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE !




we're hosting a holiday art show and sale featuring the work of several artists priced under a hundred for your gift buying pleasure. artists include :

matthew reichman
amy lockhart
marc bell
seripop
walter scott
r.suicide
jeremy shantz
mike shantz
rick trembles
skull studio
bree'ree
thea pratt
carl ruttan
g.hall
amy drover
bernie mireault
matt forsythe
kiarra albina
guy boutin
james whitman
maria theresa hincapie
maxalie martel-racicot
popolo press
emilie o'brien
billy mavreas
and many more !!

we'll also be selling off assorted odds and ends at must-go prices !!
stuff 'em stockings !!!


friday december 11 2009
between 7 and 10 pm !!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Under Glass Eye


In the window of Monastiraki, a living installation performance lightshow will unfold !
The artists have this to say :

Watch the weather channel from the glass eye of the storm.
A living wind-ow dis-play on the dial between sublime and ridiculous.
With your hosts, Zuzu Knew, Tendermorsels, The Common Chant and MMK.
Walk by and fill your mind's eye.


Thursday, November 26th
Display show time: 8:30pm-12am

check out this youtube clip of the performance !

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

EXPOZINE 2009


of course, we'll be at Expozine with new prints and assorted paper oddities. Drop by to the printed matter event of Montreal !

expozine

Thursday, October 29, 2009

James Kochalka - Little Paintings


Galerie Monastiraki
is pleased to present
an exhibition of new works by international comic artist
James Kochalka

Little Paintings
November 6 - December 4, 2009

Vernissage and live music performance :
Friday November 6, 2009
7-10 pm



James Kochalka, of Burlington VT has a large cult following for his idiosyncratic comics and graphic novels as well as for his quirky, dynamic music. His comics have been nominated for multiple prestigious awards, winning the Ignatz four times and the Harvey once. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited around the world. His books include American Elf, Monkey Vs. Robot, and the children's series Johnny Boo. Also a rock and roll star, his most recent album, Digital Elf, was recorded in the 8bit music style using a GameBoy Advance. He will be performing songs from the album at the exhibit.

This is an exhibit of very little paintings... all are 2 x 2 inches in size... of cats and aliens and strange little creatures. It's the tender kind of cute, never the cloying kind. There's a depth of humanity to the creatures. Cute, but with soul.

"The reason I paint small, inexpensive paintings is because I believe very strongly that everyone needs real art in their homes. Most of my buyers are young people without a lot of money, and this is the very start of their art collections. I'm proud of that."

Limited edition silkscreen prints will also be available..

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day Of The Dead - Dia De Muertos




We are honoured to have artist Flavia Hevia erect her annual Dia de Muertos altar here on our premises, festooned with offerings for those who have passed on.
Drop by, have some hot chocolate and bread, remember your dearly departed by placing a photo of them on the altar along with a bit of their favorite thing and mingle amongst fellow revellers.

Sunday, Nov. 1st, 3-6 pm

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SATAN IS WASTED






SATAN IS WASTED, Performed by Alien Lentil, is a futuristic hallowe'en ritual. In the far future, hallowe'en will be planet earth's only holiday. Satan is wasted, old and doomed to eternal emptiness. Stripped of all his glorious powers, exposing his true weakness, Satan wants to die.
Alien Lentil travels back to the here and now bearing gifts from the future, to bless you with multi-coloured holy water and most of all, to ridicule all your demons.
"Satan is wasted, locked in with a crying christ-likable. Do it, do it to him."
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CD's of the music performed by Allan Lento, can be purchased at the show.
Also be the first to buy his highly anticipated and hilarious "When i was a goth" pocket comic book for only 2 bucks!

http://www.facebook.com/allan.lento?ref=name#/event.php?eid=150818247110&ref=mf


Sunday, October 25, 2009
3:00pm - 3:45pm

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here are some pics from this event courtesy of Sandra Lynn Bélanger
http://www.fotozone.org/page/performance/alien_lentil/alien_lentil.htm

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DAILY RITUAL : Skull Studio by Corpusse


Monastiraki is proud to present the one and only CORPUSSE as he reveals the macabre mayhem of his daily painting ritual in the show that is bound to tear the veil between the worlds.

as an artist i have the need to exercise and explore my inner self on a daily level. there are at least a dozen new drawings by noon every day. with no day off. it is a kind of solitude yet absolute drive to create. corpusse seldom meets skull studio and vice versa. it is important the two entities do not merge because they are separate works. in this show daily ritual one tends to see and feel the skull which i believe is part of the cage to the soul. like it or not we all have one. enjoy.

October 9 - November 1, 2009
Vernissage Friday October 9, 7pm - 10pm

Official CORPUSSE Website

Monday, September 07, 2009

My Mixtape @ Inkstuds




Robin McConnell over at comic interview megablog
Inkstuds
kindly invited me to provide a mixtape selection of tunes for his new series on comic creators and their dubious taste in music.
He also wrote nice things about me. *shucks*.

here it is, enjoy the tunage
here's his interview with me from 2008

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Jordi & Jackie @ fotozone !

Sandra Lynn Bélanger over at
fotozone
just uploaded her pics of Jordi Rosen, Jackie Gallant & Annabelle Chvostek
from their Micro-concert last week !
Check out the sweet snaps and good vibes, all sweetness and light

Thursday, August 20, 2009

CRAFT-AFT Workshop No. 3 – Freezer Paper Fun!







"pseudo-silkscreening for pennies!"
Wednesday, August 26th, from 4:00pm until 6pm at Monastiraki

Perhaps like me you've always been intrigued by the art of silkscreening but couldn't bring yourself to invest the necessary time, space and money. Still, you dream of making your own graphic shirts. You still have hankerings of personalizing your own pillowcases. You long for pants like no one else....

This workshop will introduce you to the easy wonders of freezer paper stenciling. Learn how to make a professional looking transfer image that will withstand repeated washings and envious looks for a fraction of the price of silkscreening. Make your own design, or waffle through the selection of images and lettering that will be provided at the workshop to make your own original design!

Please register beforehand in order to make sure enough supplies are gathered.
You can register online (yesmonastiraki AT gmail DOT com) or come and see us at Monastiraki and register in person!

Please note that registration closes two days before each workshop (Monday, August 24th, 2009).

All ages! Cost is $6 for adults / $3 for children.

Everything required to make your stencils as well as transferring your images will be provided (variety of silkscreening paint colours, brushes, pieces of cloth on which to practice). Snacks and iced tea will also be provided (feel free to bring your own cup!)

Workshop given by Elly Abramovitch

Photo Of The Week Or So.





Here are some pics of the shop, inside and out, by the ever intrepid darren p.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Micro-Concert Series Presents:


Jordi Rosen and Jackie Gallant

The musical dimensions of Jordi Rosen and Jackie Gallant will be available for your listening pleasure as they both perform sets on Sunday, August 23rd at 3pm.

Superfine and Sweet Jackie and Annabelle Chvostek will be guesting on Jordi's songs.
Jackie will be playing synth and Annabelle will be accompanying on vocals, mandolin and guitar before she leaves town. Jordi will be playing Casio and accordion with vocals.

New songs are on their way to you!

Come say hi and have a fun afternoon!!!!

xxxxxx


jordi's myspace

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Andy Williams Send-Off Party


Andy Williams: DJ, radio host, promoter, music history archivist, all-around nice guy with great taste will play some discs here in my humble abode to help get himself over seas.

With Guests:

Basement Soul - Jim Minty
Ruby Jane - Planet Claire
Plan B & DJ Lexis

Saturday August 15, from 6pm onwards.

a page about andy

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Photo of The Week : Button Farm


photo : Darren Pasemko

Craft-Aft # 2 - Knotty Fun !


CRAFT-AFT Workshop No. 2 – Knotty Fun!
Wednesday, July 29th at 3:00pm at Monastiraki


You might know how to knot a tie, but can you tie a knot? Mastering an assortment of knots (as well as understanding their purposes) was common knowledge among the general population of not so long ago. You can do a lot of things with just a handful of knots…

This workshop will explain the basis of knot making and a variety of useful knots while using a selection of materials. Learn how to make a knot that will not budge, and one that will be solid but relatively easy to untie. Discover the basic knots of macramé. Fascinate your friends with your knotty knowledge!


Please register beforehand in order to make sure enough supplies are gathered.
You can register online (yesmonastiraki AT gmail DOT com) or come and see us at Monastiraki and register in person!
Please note that registration closes two days before each workshop (Monday, July 27th, 2009).

All ages! Cost is $6 for adults / $3 for children.

Everything required to make samplers of a variety of knots + printed information will be provided, including snacks and iced tea (feel free to bring your own cup!)

Workshop given by Elly Abramovitch


ATELIER CRAFT-AFT No. 2 – Notions de Nœuds!
Mercredi, le 29 juillet à 15h00 à Monastiraki


Peut-être vous savez comment nouer une cravate, mais savez-vous nouer un nœud?
Il n’y pas si longtemps, la connaissance des nœuds (ainsi que leur utilité) était répandue parmi la population générale. Que de choses peuvent être faites à partir de quelques nœuds !

Cet atelier vous en expliquera la base et vous démontera une variété de nœuds utiles en utilisant des matériaux différents. Apprenez comment faire un nœud indénouable et un qui est solide mais relativement facile à défaire. Découvrez les nœuds à la base du macramé. Charmez vos amis avec vos « nœudvelles» connaissances.


S'il vous plaît, pensez à vous inscrire au plus tard 2 jours avant l'atelier, soit le lundi 27 juillet 2009 afin que nous puissions rassembler le matériel requis.

Vous pouvez vous inscrire sur ce site (yesmonastiraki AT gmail DOT com) ou encore, venir nous voir en personne pour vous inscrire à Monastiraki!

Pour tous les âges. Coût: $6 adultes / $3 enfants

Inclus, tout le matériel nécessaire pour faire des échantillons de nœuds + de l’information imprimée.
Il y aura des grignotines et du thé glacé (sentez-vous libre d'apporter une tasse!)

Atelier donné par Élly Abramovitch

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Fantasy Pleasure Complex @ Monastiraki


Stefan Gruber will be screening some of his animations Friday July 10, 8 pm in our hallowed halls. We invite you to come along and check out his Fantasy Pleasure Complex

Craft 'Aft A' Comin'



CRAFT-AFT WORKSHOP No. 1 - God's Eye
Wednesday, July 15th at 3:00pm at Monastiraki


Ojo de Dios, also known as god's eyes, were traditionally made as a protective talisman for new-born Huichol children. A simple craft ("process art") that binds the maker to their own spiritual representation, they are easy enough for small children and small hands to make. Everyone can take advantage of the endless creative possibilities.

This workshop's focus will be on how to make your own god's eye by incorporating every-day household objects such as chop sticks, knitting needles and bobby pins. Learn how to weave simply by recycling various materials such as bedsheets, plastic bags, t-shirts and even weeds!

Please register beforehand in order to make sure enough supplies are gathered.
You can register online (yesmonastiraki AT gmail DOT com) or come and see us at Monastiraki and register in person!
Please note that registration closes two days before each workshop (in this case: Monday, July 13th, 2009).

All ages! Cost is $10 for adults / $6 for children.
Everything required to make a one-of-a-kind god's eye will be provided, including cookies and iced tea (feel free to bring your own cup!)
 
ATELIER CRAFT-AFT No. 1 - Oeil de dieu
Mercredi, le 15 juillet à 15h00 à Monastiraki


L'ojo de dios, ou oeil de dieu, était traditionnellement fabriqué comme talisman protecteur pour des nouveaux-nés mexicains huichol. Les yeux de dieu sont des réalisations simples ("art par processus") qui relient le créateur à ses propres représentations spirituelles. Parfaits pour les jeunes enfants et les petites mains, ils offrent de nombreuses possibilités créatrices à tous.

Cet atelier vous montrera comment fabriquer un oeil de dieu en utilisant des objets de tous les jours, comme des baguettes chinoises, des aiguilles à tricoter ou des pinces à cheveux. Apprenez comment tisser en recyclant des matériaux tels que des draps, des sacs de plastique, des t-shirts et même des mauvaises herbes!

S'il vous plaît, inscrivez-vous au plus tard 2 jours avant l'atelier pour que nous puissions rassembler le matériel requis (pour cet atelier, date limite est le lundi 13 juillet 2009).

Vous pouvez vous inscrire sur ce site (yesmonastiraki AT gmail DOT com) ou encore, venir nous voir en personne pour vous inscrire à Monastiraki!

Pour tous les âges. Coût: $10 adultes / $6 enfants
Inclus, tout le matériel nécessaire pour construire un oeil de dieu original.
Il y aura des biscuits et du thé glacé (sentez-vous libre d'apporter une tasse!)

Instructor:
Elly Abramovitch has been D.I.Y. crafting for over 20 years.
Introduced to artisanal
craftmanship, recycling and upcycling by her parents at an early age,
she has a penchant for traditional techniques applied to new &
familiar contexts. She firmly believes in the beauty of the hand made.

A high school teacher by profession, Elly is adept at breaking down
concepts into manageable bits for all types of learners. She has been
giving various crafty workshops since 1999 in both English and French,
and aspires to encourage people to bypass consumerism while embracing
their crafty sides.

Visionary Art : Right Here, Right Now !




Chris Dyer, painter, skater and mover, has festooned one of the gallery with awesome prints from some of the wickedest visionary painters this planet has recently produced. Up on the walls for the next two months !

Chris' blog post

Monday, June 22, 2009

Photo Of The Week : Pencil Tee Pee




Artist and Monastiraki enthusiast Darren Pasemko has on occasion scolded me on my dreadful documentation practices here at the ol' monastery.
He has decided to try and drop by every week or so and take a few pictures of an object he feels needs a bit more exposure.
This week Darren chose a bunch of old pencils crammed into a pot. He calls it Pencil Tee Pee and I don't disagree.

Darren can be found right here
The pot, btw, was made by Montreals own leading Yiddish songstress Bronna Levy.
The pencils and the cramming come from me.