Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 09, 2011
Sunday, December 04, 2011
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
dessins par/drawings by Graham Hall
13 Nov - 24 Dec 2011
Vernissage Sunday 13 nov., 2 pm !
We are totally thrilled to inaugurate our southern orangepink wallspace with this exposition of watercolour drawings made by Graham for his Montreal Topographical Drawing Society.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Candice Tarnowski is an artist and art conservator based in Montréal. She holds a MFA in Sculpture from Concordia University (2007), a BFA in Fibres from the Alberta College of Art & Design (1999), and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria (2009). Candice has set up homes and participated in residencies in North Carolina, Holland, Hungary, the Maritimes, and the sub-Arctic. She makes objects, photographs, drawings, and installations that are based in concerns with the ‘orderly’ and openness/chaos. Her work is an articulation of being/living as art -cooking, eating, making, building- the deliberation of a task, an awareness of what surrounds us, and taking nothing for granted.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
gmackrr VS. whilst VS. joe meek
free sound trio w/ art on the walls - free
..."gmackrr = a high skilled mouth feedback innovator who coaxes sharp textures from her hand made electronic instruments"...
..."whilst = a duo of quasi-quietists dwelling in the realms of free drone & cosmic dust; with static pulses & broken rhythms"...
..."joe meek = joe meek"...
...starts at 2pm...free entry...open to the public...
...with art by Henriette Valium up on the walls...
This is our AMAZING front window, created by window installation artist Alex Hercules, who also happens to collect vintage taxidermy. This is a show-stopper folks. We have been delighting in how many people are halting in their tracks to look, and look and look.
The neon sign is by Montreal artist Jo-Anne Balcean.
Visit our tumblr site for more images: http://monastiraki.tumblr.com/
Monday, August 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Beating to a different drum: we are thrilled to have drummer and legendary local musician Jackie Gallant joining us for our Sunday Micro concerts on August 21st, from 2 pm onwards. Drop in, hang out for a while and enjoy.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
2taiko are Yumi Célia and Alison Roe and 2 (or 3) taiko - large, beautiful Japanese drums.
Yumi started playing taiko growing up in Tokyo, in a local group based at the shrine of Nezu, and Alison began drumming in Scotland, touring full-time with the UK's leading taiko group. After playing for several years in different taiko groups in Montréal, they did a (very) small show together in a Mile End café in late 2010 and this was the beginning.
Yumi and Alison combined their different taiko styles to develop a varied set of original pieces, and now perform regularly in diverse venues across Montréal. They enjoy the challenge of playing as a duo and the versatility and mobility that affords, in working with other musicians and performers, and in taking their taiko to unlikely corners of the city (so far only once having the police called on them).
Taiko's an exhilarating art form, visually and musically powerful, and 2taiko have a refreshingly expressive and naturally vivacious style.
It takes 2 to taiko...
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Check out the vibrant abstraction and fragmented comic art of
The Flight of Minisauro !
"These images are a small selection of my work produced during the past six years… scattered years far from home and without solid roots. Some of the works have been juxtaposed and reorganized over these years, avoiding the establishment of statements or narratives, allowing them to reveal their peculiar subjects .
- Romulo Cesar
Vernissage Friday June 3, 7pm - 10 pm
Exhibit runs until June 30, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I'm very pleased to announce that some of my collections will be exhibited in a group show at the Mills Gallery of The Boston Center for the Arts.
Curator Rebecca Greene has been great, visiting our shop twice to discuss the exhibit. Wish we were there to celebrate the opening.
The show runs from May 20 to June 26, 2011
Here's the copy:
Bits + Pieces explores the collections of outsider, emerging and established artists with the purpose of illuminating the reasons and importance behind their collection and ideas of collecting, while gaining insight into their lives and often hidden compulsions.
Curated by Rebecca Rose Greene
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Exhibit runs from May 13 - May 29, 2011
"I based these drawings on the idea that what we really look like includes every expression we've ever made, every age we've passed through or will pass through and every possible pathway we may take through out life. When all these facets are presented simultaneously, It's an inclusive vision that often borders on the horrific"
- Billy Mavreas
Monday, April 25, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Here is their official bio :
Immediate Productions is the video production company of Jen MacIntyre and Jesse Bochner. Jen is a Montreal videographer that studied at Concordia and currently makes artsy documentaries. She's worked as a docent at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, as a freelance curator for Galerie Monastiraki and the Osheaga Arts and Music festival. Jesse is an artist and video editor who has 18 years of experience in the film Industry including working as a stage hand on the Mr. Dress up Show for the CBC! Our current project is the Postage Stamp Video series featuring short biographies of artists.
Check out their youtube channel !
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
We are pleased to now offer crafty birthday parties for children on Saturdays and Sundays.
Projects in drawing, book-making and collage will be tailored to suit the children's ages, with time for cake and treats at the end.
Cost is $140 for a party of up to 8 children. The times available are Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 - 12:30 or 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Email or give us a call for more information, and view our online document here:
BIRTHDAYS AT MONASTIRAKI
We look forward to making some art with you!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The Montreal Mirror is conducting their yearly readers poll to determine who sells the best french fries in our sweet little town.
Over at the Drawn & Quarterly blog some suggestions are made ...including Monastiraki (that's us) for the best gallery category !
A fine suggestion indeed !
Thanks D&Q !
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Donna Akrey is an artist and educator living in Montreal. She is also one of our favorite people and we are very pleased to present her work here at Monastiraki. She will be exhibiting video work, photography, sculpture and installation. We are also happy that she is the first artist we've hosted to seriously interact with all the doodads and thingamabobs that litter our space !
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I am interested in the parts that make up a 'whole'. I see my job as somewhat of a 'wrangler', aware of the futility of the 'ultimate' and the contradictions and idiosyncrasies therein. I use an interdisciplinary approach to articulate ideas to create large installations and sculptural objects, single channel video, video installation and book works.
I believe knowledge is relative and fallible rather than absolute and certain and I endeavor to discover the richness in between intention and result. Utilizing common, surplus and discarded materials such as foam, concrete, found objects, junk mail, wood, rubber and household products etc., I create both large installations and sculptural objects. I think of some of my sculptures and installations as gigantic understatements, ruminations on the spectacle of the unspectacular.
Vernissage Friday, April 1st, 7pm - 10 pm
Exhibit runs to April 30, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Some shots from Elisabeth Belliveau's exhibition Entre Chien et Loup. There is a lovely little animation in the window too. If you walk by in the evening you may catch it on it's random loop. Look for a small figure with an armful of flowers. As well as the drawings, Elisabeth is selling one of her beautiful hand-printed artist books, as well as single prints from the series.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
MEND / RÉPARER
Instructor: Candice Tarnowski
Dates: Tues. & Thurs. March 22 & 24, 2011
Time: 7 - 9pm (4 hours)
Location: Monastiraki 5478 Blvd. St-Laurent
Fee: $45 (some materials included)
Ages: All ages, everyone welcome
A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE
- British Proverb
NO MATERIAL MUST LIE IDLE
- Make Do and Mend, 1943
It is a practical thing to renovate clothes and household linens and to practice proper storage, cleaning and pressing methods to extend their lives. This course will present techniques intended to help participants get the last possible ounce of wear out of their clothes and household things. Darning, patching, storage and laundering techniques will be covered through discussion, demonstrations and examining finished examples. As Hugh Dalton said, “No doubt there are as many ways of patching or darning as there are of cooking potatoes”. With this in mind we will experiment, innovate and interact with one-another toward taking great delight in the process of mending.
Please bring at least 2 (textile) mending projects to work on, a pair of sharp sewing and/or embroidery scissors, straight pins, a few needles and a pin-cushion. Some materials will be provided. If you have specific complimentary or contrasting fabrics, threads, yarns, flosses, etc. you would like to use to mend your items, please bring them as well. Basic hand-sewing skills are an asset.
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About the Instructor:
Candice Tarnowski is an artist who works with drawing, sculpture, photo and textile processes to produce objects and installations. Her work concerns itself with repetitive gestures located in handwork and domesticity and the experience of being as a process of layering and folding. Her work has been shown and produced in residencies throughout North America and Europe. She holds a BFA in Fibres and MFA in Sculpture and has taught at Concordia University, Penland School of Crafts and the Alberta College of Art & Design. Candice lives in Montréal and is a member of the PALS artist collective.
THE GIRLS PROJECT
Instructor: Emilie O’Brien
Dates: Tuesdays, April 18 – May 28, 2011
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Monastiraki 5478 Blvd. St-Laurent
Fee: $265 (all materials included)
Ages: 15 – 18 years
Led by artist Emilie O’Brien, co-owner and resident of Monastiraki, this workshop is for young women who are passionate about making art and learning to express themselves. The main goal of this project is to facilitate a creative, open learning space where girls can come to talk, listen and learn together towards fun and confident expression.
Several prominent women artists from Montreal will participate as guest animators throughout the workshop, providing examples of the wide variety of ‘making art’ that is possible. Through this exciting opportunity to meet and learn from these artists, and by talking about and experimenting with different techniques, we will learn how to work from our guts, our hearts, our hands and our heads. Meeting once a week for six weeks, the project will be followed by a small exhibit of the artwork on the walls of Monastiraki.
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About the Instructor:
A collector of textiles and words, Emilie O’Brien’s art practice includes painting, sculpture, video and embroidery. Through these fabric scraps and slow processes of making, she investigates the physicality we live in as more than mere substance. How we exist against a city, the processes we use to find time and space, our need for each other, how words can carry and hold – these are the ideas that guide her. Emilie has created and given many workshops for teen girls, as well as for children and adults.
With Billy Mavreas, she runs Monastiraki, an art & curiosity shop in Mile-End.
Creative Collaborative Workshop with Billy Mavreas
Instructor: Billy Mavreas
Dates: Wednesdays of the month, beginning April 2011
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Monastiraki 5478 Blvd. St-Laurent
Fee: $120/ month (all materials included)
During this 4-week course, work with Billy Mavreas in a collaborative round table process of art creation. Mavreas will guide a small group of adults through a journey that will investigate the accidental, challenge personal and creative boundaries and explore concepts that art is only for artists. Sessions will involve drawing, looking and re-looking using the most basic of materials. Collage, mixed media and experiments with text & sequence will also be employed. With Mavreas as a creative, engaging and accessible guide, find yourself opening up to the possibilities of your own inner creative talents. Non-artists and those who have given up on making stuff (but always secretly loved doing so) are especially encouraged to sign up.
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About the Instructor:
Billy Mavreas is a Canadian artist living in Montreal, Quebec, whose work revolves around the themes of language and spirituality. He is a co-founder of Expozine, one of Canada's largest and most well respected Small Press & Zine Fairs, as well as a resident-at-large of Monastiraki, a shop and gallery of wonders in Mile End, where the workshops will take place. Mavreas' passionate, childlike sense of wonder and play has positioned him as a community conduit within many arenas for years now. His creative enthusiasm and relaxed, open nature make him the perfect person to help unlock the artistic potential in others.
Pre-registration required for all workshops!
Register by dropping by, calling Monastiraki at 514-278-4879, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 18, 2011
Elisabeth Belliveau will be bringing her beautiful art makings
to our space for the month of March. A prolific drawer, writer, book-maker
animator, embroiderer, Elizabeth is an artist whose works we have
followed and loved for many years.
Join us for the vernissage on March 4th, 7 - 10pm
Show runs March 4th - 31st, 2011
This year Brian Damage will bring his four hour ambient musical experience, Discipline X, to our hallowed halls !
Discipline X is the solo project of Brian Damage, ex-Phycus, ex-Unireverse. The projet was started in 2000 as Phycus was ending. One CDr was released at that time.
Discipline X was revived in 2009. A new download, “Futuric”, was released, based on the live set of the fall of 2009.
An excerpt from Brian's statement about this project :
"When Sun Ra met John Cage, the one thing they agreed upon was that the most important musician trait was discipline. No matter what style of music a musician performs, successful musicians must be devoted to their craft. Sun Ra planned a series of 100 “Discipline” recordings, and eventually recorded far more than 100 of them.
John Cage often composed based on a set or rules, or disciplines. I am also using a set of disciplines to create this music. For the first CD, for example, the rules included that each track must be comprised of several loops running out of phase with each other, there must be minimal human intervention in the creation of the loops, and that each track needed to be exactly 10 minutes long."Come, look and listen !
We will also provide a table laden with collage materials for folks to make some art while the tunes are going down !
February 26, 2011
10pm - 2 am
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monastiraki is pleased to host a free music show to launch the limited edition Cocobeurre album!!
***Performance at 9pm.***
Come early enough to peruse our extraordinary collection of wondrous things AND for the limited-edition Cocobeurre cd (10$) that comes with a set five of silkscreened postcards and a chance at winning a rare out-of-print Cocobeurre 7" split single on Goodbye Boozy Records!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
DISTROBOTO 10th Anniversary Art Show
Vernissage Vendredi 4 Fev 19 hr - 22hr
4 Fev - 27 Fev, 2011
It's an honour for us to host this wonderful event, celebrating what is now a Montreal cultural institution - the Distroboto. For those of you who don't know what a Distroboto is, you're missing out on a fantastic and fun way of getting affordable art by some great Montreal artists. With selections for $2 a pop, these are cigarette machines that have been turned into small galleries, with choices ranging from new music to little screen-printed, editioned books.
A collection of artworks from several long-participating artists will fill this exhibition, which runs until Feb 27th.