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Ten things you probably didn’t know were invented by U of T Alumni.

Ten spot illustrations created by our illustrator Alëna Skarina for @uoftmagazine: “Ten things you probably didn’t know where invented by U of T Alumni.” Read the full article here.

Buckley’s cough syrup.

The pacemaker.

Pablum.

The G-Suit.

The alkaline battery.

The Canadian Sphynx cat.

IMAX.

The electron microscope.

The 56k modem.

The electric wheelchair.

September 21, 2017

The lights blink on and off like the rhythm of a fish breathing underwater.

“At night the roof of the tower when lit seems to lift off and the lights blink on and off like the rhythm of a fish breathing underwater. After my meal I walked towards the building as the rain had stopped. At ground level the tower is all blocked off with barbed wire and an iron fence secures the site as foreboding. It is no longer a Pirelli building but Comune di Milano.”

Jeff Jackson’s Ponti Milano show starts this Thursday, September 1st. The reception runs from 6pm–9pm. See you there!

Augustus Jones
33 Davies St.
Toronto, ON
M4W 2A9

 

September 19, 2017

Jazz Portrait Folio by Bill Russell

This Jazz Portraits Folio of six jazz musician portraits by illustrator Bill Russell were created digitally on an Apple iPad Pro using the Procreate drawing app. Depicted in these prints are Brazilian instrumentalist Hermento Pascoal, cellist Zoe Keating, jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, eclectic bandleader Sun Ra, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and upright and electric bass player Esperanza Spalding. They were printed with archival pigment-based inks on Epson Velvet Fine Art acid-free paper and packaged in a limited edition of 12 at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Learn more here. Bill also created animations found here.


July 17, 2017

Sylvie Fong’s Painting of the Month

Sylvie Fong is creating one piece of art for every month. Here’s her latest painting for June.

July 6, 2017

R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank Fills an Archive

R.O. Blechman was featured in this morning’s edition of The Daily Heller.

Blechman was the creative and entrepreneurial force behind The Ink Tank, a highly innovative animation studio in New York City from 1977 to 2004. Steven Heller talks with Douglas Dowd about the Ink Tank archive finding a home within the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

The Ink Tank archive is a goldmine of production materials for more than 350 commercials as well as the films Simple Gifts and The Soldier’s Tale, based on the Stravinsky composition, plus short animations for NBC, CBS and other clients.

Processing and cataloguing is expected to be done by year’s end.




 

 

 

June 21, 2017

3 Coasts. 15 Legs. 150 Days. The Polar Prince by Tomio Nitto.

Tomio Nitto painted the Polar Prince ship before it departed Toronto on June 1st to embark on the epic Canada C3 (Coast to Coast to Coast) expedition. The former coast guard vessel will navigate 12,000 nautical miles, traveling from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage in celebration of Canada 150.

 

June 5, 2017

Sex Surrogacy

Deshi Deng’s latest piece for Spencer William’s article on VICE about disability and sex surrogacy.

May 26, 2017

Alëna Skarina Shape Installation at DAIS Gallery

Alëna Skarina is in a collective installation art show featuring customized designer vases from Charuta Living Solutions. Opening tonight at DAIS Gallery.

DAIS Gallery
1196 Queen Street West.
8pm-12am

The show runs April 28 – May 7, then will be shown at Design Exchange from May 9-13. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

 

April 28, 2017

Midnight Cookie Thief by Sylvie Fong

Spring Advice from Bill Russell

April 18, 2017