January 22nd, 2008

B-Celebrity Sperm

Speaking of Famous Sperm, or infamous as the case may be, for a cool million you can purchase the ejaculate of one Vincent Gallo. The offer carries heavy terms though, and be advised that “The purchaser must find another surname for the child.” We can’t tolerate any unauthorized Gallos running around, now. Dana Wyse’s packets, at 10 Euros apiece, are a better bang for your buck – think how many celebrities you could clone for the same price.
Vince’s details here: scroll down to the bottom but on the way consider the less pricey evening escort option for chicks only.

January 22nd, 2008

Instant Fix

dana wyse

I have been waiting for this my entire adult life, it’s better than a happy pill. Artist Dana Wyse, who hails from Vancouver and lives in Paris, makes countless products which promise instant creativity, fame, orgasm, pilot skills, showers, Afros, television appreciation, Canadian-ness, belief in god, and practically everything else your heart desires. Think of all the time you’ll save. She also makes Grow up to be Gay play kits for kids, Goldfish Resuscitation Powder, and Genuine Celebrity Sperm kits featuring the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev. All packaging circa 1950. Run don’t walk, here’s a French article on her magic pills.

January 19th, 2008

Chandelier

chandelier

I bought a plastic and crystal chandelier on EBay for a new interactive video. It’s fabulous but unfortunately part of it broke. After much trial and error to fix the broken limb, my studiomate helped me hang it today. I’m pretty sure it’s haunted, or will be when I’m through with it.

January 10th, 2008

Capricorn

cake

I am officially too old for one box of candles, Yippee! But who wants to ruin a perfectly beautiful cake with gazillions of candles and fire? This may be the only cake I have had with my name and a heart (thank you Beckley), and the Capricorn is eternally practical.
Here is a link to my friend and fellow artist Jo-Anne Balcaen’s website, in Montréal. We were born on the exact same day, in the same year. Happy birthday Jo-Anne!

January 10th, 2008

Canadian Martyrs

Martyrdom of The Great One

In Miami last month, I ran into fellow Winnipeger Diana Thorneycroft. I missed her work at Photo Miami, because a day of beach laziness, iguana tracking, and stone crab was a far more attractive offer than another marathon session at the art fairs. Later I visited her website and came across her 2006 photographic series featuring Canadian Martyrs.

My favourite is Martyrdom of the Great One, where Gretzky is torn asunder amidst a flock of terribly calm Canadian Geese. Yesterday I watched a few documentaries about Gretzky while researching a new video, and learned that number 99 was the only number ever retired from the NHL. I also found that the great one doesn’t have a lot to say, and barely blinks. The lions and tigers are priceless, not everyone is aware that Canada is home to these beasts.

Pictured above, Martyrdom of the Great One.

December 27th, 2007

Winter in Williamsburg at A.M. Richard Fine Art

snow stories

Now that it’s finally cold in Brooklyn, Snow Stories is in a wintry show titled No Wonderland in Winter in Williamsburg – shiver shiver! From the press release, “Winter is a time capsule of desolation, decay, discomfort, isolation, frost, obscurity, death and stillness. The eight artists presented all work in distinct mediums – be it paint (Joel Adas, Jessica Weiss), computer animation and film (Jillian Mcdonald), line drawing (Sascha Mallon), photography (Andrew Garn, Vanina Feldsztein, Stephen Mallon) or clay (Michelle Sholtis).”

A.M. Richard Fine Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
January 18th 2008-February 17th, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday January 18th from 6-9pm

more info amrichardfineart.com

December 24th, 2007

Winter in Zombie Land

avoca in winter

View of the road where we shot “Zombie Loop”, in full winter dress. Somewhere along the way, this land in Avoca, Wisconsin became my muse. No art-making this time, just a quiet winter vacation.

November 25th, 2007

Carol Kino online

Carol Kino, who wrote an article about my work last year for The New York Times’ Arts and Leisure section, mounted a new website this week archiving her plentiful and varied articles for The New York Times, Art + Auction, Art in America, and many others.

From her website, “Early on, I prided myself on being an “outsider” art critic. These days, I can’t claim that status – but I still try to retain that perspective.” She does – visit Kino’s website and enjoy!

November 19th, 2007

Bitmap: as Good as New

bitmap image

Marcin Ramocki curated a show titled B I T M A P: as Good as New for vertexList gallery opening Saturday Nov 24. It sounds great, I am making a minimal animation for the show (yes still), image above. It’ll scare the pants off you!

“B I T M A P: as good as new” is proud to feature: Cory Arcangel, Chris Ashley, Mike Beradino, Mauro Ceolin, Petra Cortright, Paul Davis, DELAWARE, Notendo (Jeff Donaldson), Eteam, Dragan Espenschied, Christine Gedeon, Kimberley Hart, Daniel Iglesia, JODI, Olia Lialina, LoVid, Kristin Lucas, David Mauro, Jillian Mcdonald, Tom Moody, Aron Namenwirth, Mark Napier, Nullsleep, Marisa Olson, Will Papenheimer, Prize Budget for Boys, Jim Punk, Akiko Sakaizumi, Paul Slocum, Eddo Stern and CJ Yeh.

November 12th, 2007

Press for “Waking the Dead” at Moti Hasson

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