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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mavreas Workshop At D&Q

from the Drawn & Quarterly Shop Blog :

Creative Collaborative Workshop with Billy Mavreas - Summer Session
For adults of all ages
Sundays June 14, 21, 28 and July 5
6:30 to 8:30 pm
$60 for whole session. The fee covers all supplies.

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, and explore and challenge concepts that art is only for artists. Each session will involve a few hours drawing, looking and re-looking using the most basic of materials. With Mavreas as a creative, engaging and accessible guide and facilitator, 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) especially encouraged to sign up.

Billy Mavreas is a Canadian cartoonist and artist living in Montreal, Quebec, whose mostly silent or wordless comics revolve around the themes of language, sexuality and spirituality. He is the co-founder of Expozine, one of Canada's largest and most well respected Zine Fairs, as well as the curator and resident-at-large of Monastiraki, a shop and gallery of wonders in Mile End. Mavreas' passionate and enchanting 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.

To reserve a spot for the course, stop by the store during opening hours to drop off your registration deposit ($40). If you have any questions, email us at or call 514-279-2224.


See you at the neighbours place !


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Simon Bossé

Simon Bossé

For almost 20 years Simon Bossé has been working under the name Mille Putois . Most of his work is silkscreen related be it publishing comics and images, zines or printing gigposters . For Monastiraki a selection of drawings will be framed , a series of decorative ceramic plates has been produced in collaboration with Élisabeth Gauthier at Restez pour souper ceramics studio and some silkscreen work will be shown .

Bientôt 20 ans que Simon Bossé travail sous la bannière Mille Putois . La plupart du travail étant relié à la sérigraphie que ce soit en publiant des petits livres d'images et de bande dessinée ou en imprimant des affiches de concert. Pour Monastirakis une sélection de dessins ont été encadrée , une série d'assiettes décoratives ont été réalisées en collaboration avec Élisabeth Gauthier de l'atelier Restez pour souper et des sérigraphies seront aussi exposés

5 Juin - 5 Juillet, 2009
Vernissage Vendredi, 5 Juin, 18hr - 21hr