My career as an event photographer was purely accidental and not something I ever planned for, so it boggles no one more than myself that I not only make a living doing this, but have clients that I firmly believe in, like the lovely night I had here with the Canadian Art Foundation.
With a constantly rotating office, interesting talks and education opportunities, and exposure to different people outside of my bubble, I couldn't be more thankful. ❤️
By saying this, too, I often wonder what the next accidental career will be. I'm throwing myself to the wind, world: ready and listening!
I was in The Beaches this afternoon (I cannot, for the life of me, call it "The Beach") and checked out this year's winners of the Winter Stations Design Competition, "an annual public art competition that challenges designers worldwide to reimagine Toronto's lifeguard stations as a basis for winter art".
Though I had a throbbing migraine, I still managed to enjoy some public art, chat with strangers, and spend dedicated time lowering my breathing rate down to that of the waves. I also scored a delicious Murakami book from a community library stand, so all in all, it's been a wonderful day.
One of my favourite portraits of Shantell, published in the Toronto Star. More photos in the online edition: http://www.thestar.com/life/fashion_style/2015/12/05/for-toronto-launch-saks-lets-artist-shantell-martin-draw-on-the-walls-field-notes.html
This November is spoiling us, weather-wise. Got to spend a lovely morning at a bunch of independent galleries and studio spaces in Bloordale -- Akin Collective, Mercer Union, Daniel Faria, and Xpace -- following school groups as they learned more about the possibilities of making art.
I'm super excited whenever artist Shantell Martin pops by Toronto; watching her draw is a perfect substitute for a week-long meditation retreat. Today, she returns to the city for Saks Canada, producing an epic freestyle mural for a b&w launch party at District 28.
The Spoke Club's official Nuit Blanche offering took place in the alleyway beside the venue, with lightsweetcrude's ThatWas, "a dynamic projection & sound installation that will explore the concept of nostalgia through liquid projections, abstract shapes, images, & sound".
Indoors, resident artist Danilo Ursini and two guest artists participated in a live art installation, creating three simultaneous -- and very unique -- portraits of a single model.
Pardon the low-res, outdated-phone pic, but I just got this in the mail, and I can't stop pacing: THIS GAL IS A RECIPIENT OF A CHALMERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT FROM THE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL!
Kolkata + Krakow/WorkshopX, here I come!
NYC's Shantell Martin uses a black marker and draws on things. Everything.
I had the great joy of meeting this gal in Toronto a few weeks ago, photographing her live-drawing in the window of the Bata Shoe Museum. I didn't know what to expect, but watching someone face a blank canvas at noon hour, drawing seemingly disconnected lines, and then returning in mere hours to see these lines all connected into a larger, improvised, personal piece about a city she's never been to before? Super impressive.
And not a single bottle of White-Out in sight.
Check out her recent projects here.