Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Press for “Waking the Dead” at Moti Hasson

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Here is some nice press for my very recent solo show in New York (Oct 10 – Nov 11):

1. Last Chance: Trent Morse on Jillian Mcdonald at Moti Hasson, New York, by Trent Morse, The Saatchi Gallery, November 9th, 2007.

2. Jillian McDonald at Moti Hasson by S.C Squibb, Art Cal, October 25, 2007.

3. Night of the Living Awes – BUST magazine online, November 1, 2007

4. Daydream Believer by Caitlin Jones, Rhizome, October 8, 2007

5. La Semana de los Muertos en N.Y. by Juan Fernando Merino, El Diario, October 28, 2007

6. ART MORE OR LESS by Julia Morton, New York Press, 2007

7. Also, Tom Moody wrote a short post on his blog about my new video, “The Screaming”
Jillian McDonald’s Screaming Video by Tom Moody, October 16, 2007

Monsters Descend on Moti Hasson Gallery

Monday, November 12th, 2007


Hallowe’en performance with zombie and vampire converts, plus some less terrifying party-goers – October 31, 2007
photos by Andrew Garn and Marie Anne Richard

Me and Billy Bob at Brock University

Monday, November 12th, 2007

rodman hall 1
rodman hall 2

curated by Gordon Hatt

Art of Horror

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

art of horror

Today through Saturday there is an international conference on horror and contemporary art in Ludwigsburg, Germany, titled The Art of Horror. It is being held at the Baden-Württemburg Film Academy, and was organized by Christian Jankowski. Melissa Ragona, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, will screen my work during her seminar on the Modern Gothic and resurgence of issues of abjection and horror in contemporary art.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007


I’m performing for a Hallowe’en party tomorrow night at Moti Hasson Gallery, to accompany my exhibition Waking the Dead. Beckley Roberts, Anne Marie Richard, and Andrew Garn will be performing along with me.
Costumes, especially scary ones, welcome! Or come prepared to be transformed…

Wednesday October 31, Hallowe’en, 2007, 7pm
Moti Hasson Gallery
535 West 25th Street
New York, NY

Hallowe’en Zombies

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

hallowe'en zombie

A couple of weeks ago there were zombies doing yoga at the East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Meawhile, the art team Praxis (Delia Bajo and Brainard Carey) posted this
on Youtube, intervening in George Romero’s The Night of the Living Dead

digital political time lapse

Friday, September 14th, 2007


I’m showing a new animation, made from web cam stills, titled “Bloom of the Triffid” in a show curated by Aron Namenwirth of ArtMoving Projects.

Long Island University – click for directions
Digital Political Time Lapse
September 3-28 2007; Opening Thursday, September 20th 2007, 7-9pm

artists Perry Bard, Rico Gatson, Perry Hoberman, Jillian Mcdonald, Tom Moody, Marcin Ramocki, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, Paul Slocum, Adam Simon, William Stone, and Momoyo Torimitsu

i <3 video stills

Thursday, September 13th, 2007


Making them is an endless source of amusement. Here I’m screaming at the monster in “Slither” – I need a vacation, desperately.

Sun Suckers in the final days of summer

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Writes Ken Gregory, “Sun Suckers feed by sitting in the sun light and sucking up rays of light with their skin out stretched…They don’t bite…Sun Suckers are notorious singers…Sun Suckers communicate with other Sun Suckers using a sort of complex telepathy that uses high frequency sound waves which humans can not hear.” Sun suckers are non-native, non-invasive, machines introduced to the banks of the Red River by Winnipeg artist Ken Gregory. Read more at his website

best of show

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

After visiting countless galleries in the last 3-day marathon of art openings in New York, and although I did not see everything, I am astonished and excited to write that my highlights were all in Brooklyn, and – ahem – 2 of the artists are Canadian:

1. Joe McKay’s “Lost Signal” wins for most playful and most obsessive at vertexList. McKay made sculptures from dead cell phones, and there are approximately 8 delightful sculptures that ignite the edges of the gallery, many of which you are invited to play with to make sounds and music. Bring a friend for even more fun, epecially at the cell phone piano. My favourite at the moment is the one pictured above – a quiet urban graveyard lit by an LED moon. Amidst this collection of re-animated communication devices, the sun sets in McKay’s poetic and clever performance video, Sunset Solitaireclick for artist’s website. I invited Joe to speak at Pace University on Monday with Marina Zurkow – don’t miss this! details here. image Cell Phone Sculpture.

Michelle Forysth
2. Michelle Forsyth’s “Paperwork” at Hogar Collection. In her 100 Drawings Project Michelle has undertaken a plan to visit sites of tragedy across North America and document them in an unusual way – by her sideline observations, without the typical photographic document. This painting depicts a cloud floating over the site of the accident – click for artist’s website. Marvel at the extraordinary window installation, featuring thousands of pinned paper circle constellations, from the convenient bench outside the gallery, but get up close too. image Point Ellice Bridge Collapse, Victoria, BC, May 26, 1896.

Seher Shah image
3. Seher Shah’s “Jihad Pop” at Momenta Art. The centerpiece of the show is a large detailed drawing that is infinitely compelling. Its iconographies – a cube, a cross, a coffin, minarets, and muslim figures – repeat around the room with the force of pop-media saturation in a series of dark graphic prints – click for artist’s website. image Jihad Pop.