September 13th, 2007

i <3 video stills


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

September 8th, 2007

Sun Suckers in the final days of summer

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

September 8th, 2007

best of show

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.

August 27th, 2007

Tagline: do not show emotion, do not see this movie


I can tell by her expression that Nicole Kidman did not want to star in the re-remake of “Invasion of the Bodysnatchers” – the redeeming feature of which seems to be matching clothing and machines – any more than I want to see it.

August 27th, 2007

Matchmaker, matchmaker, bring me a dream…

roy dupuis

a grad student at a recently visited art school who shall remain nameless, but not quoteless, wrote to me:

Hey Jillian,
…I know that you love Billy Bob, but while you were speaking and hints of your Canadian accent came through, I kept on thinking that a Canadian love interest would suit you well. Maybe as your next obsession and/or a future project. His name is Roy Dupuis. He is a Canadian actor, but has done some American productions, including the TV series adaptation of La Femme Nikita, which aired on USA network. He is a solid actor, but much of his fame lies north of the border. Certainly a bad boy, gorgeous, and not pretentious….

While I do appreciate suggestions, I must assert that I do not have a “Canadian accent”. Please….

August 27th, 2007

my tobacco plant lives on

tobacco plant

It’s true that I have not yet killed, just inadvertently tortured and maimed, the one piece of nature I have been in contact with this summer – namely, a tobacco plant given to me by artist Zoë Sheehan Saldaña as part of her recent “Homegrown” installation at ArtMoving Projects.

I am trying to nurse it back to health for the love of plants and my friendship with the artist, but despite giving it a home in my new studio which is essentially a greenhouse, the tobacco is not thriving. Maybe this early demise has to do with my poor relationship to smoking offending its very being – I do make the occasional rude comment to visitors about the “odour”. Perhaps it’s my special brand of aloofness that passes for “nursing back to health”.

I just visited Zoë’s website and was met with an onslaught of glowing nurturing green faces – feeling extra guilty now.

August 26th, 2007

Billy Bob in Zombietown

Recently I watched the film Chopper Chicks in Zombietown. It was recommended to me by Netflix, which speaks volumes about my recent film-watching habits. It also sums up my art interests of the past four years in one fell swoop and makes me feel kind of cheap. This was one of Billy Bob’s earliest films, long before “Sling Blade”, and was not his finest hour.

August 12th, 2007

Billy Bob’s band on tour!

The tour is under way but you can still catch him in Texas, Colorado, Florida, Alabama, Portland or in 3 Canadian cities – Vancouver, Calgary, and Saskatoon. I’m a little disappointed he didn’t invite me on tour for one of our famous duets. There are no New York dates on the tour – I wonder if he’s avoiding me…

click for full tour schedule