Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Other Media Related To Theme

Related to my theme in a way is the Improv Toronto Events such as the No Pants Subway Ride ( which u can see in the link below). Like Subway sketching, the no pants subway ride could perhaps be a way of artistic expression in the public space. I was not involved in the No Pants Subway Ride but I have seen it happen during one of my subway sketchin days. For those who are thinking "omg dude really? No pants on in a public space?". Yep just check the youtube link / the Improv Toronto website for more info.


ArtisT StatemenT

I am a Romanian born artist from the city of Timisoara. Interest in art sparked early on, specifically with drawing. Later on I would immigrate to Canada where I continued to develop as an artist periodically up until now. My interests lie in traditional art methods of drawing and painting, but also the digital methods of painting and sculpting are a major artistic point of interest and development for my practice. I recently found a community of Toronto artist that meet up every week for sketch practice on subways. These sketch groups where random individual artists can meet, discuss and work in a public setting such as in a subway, is perhaps a new way of looking at what art practice really is. It is a new way of looking at the artist`s studio, the studio now becomes part of the public space thus the artist becomes part of the community. In this way artists could bring their tools and creativity straight in the public space where artwork could be produced and viewed by the public in the moment of creation rather than waiting for an exhibition. I think it would be an interesting theme to research for my Visa 2053 course, for which this blog is currently dedicated to alongside exhibiting my other artworks and inspirational art pieces. In researching this theme throughout the various projects coming up in the course, I hope to get a sense of what it would mean to move away from the traditional secluded artist studio and create within the audience’s public space. I hope I can explore a way in which I could connect with my audience faster and more intimately by exploring this particular theme of the artist as/part of a community.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Subway Sketching

If you live in Toronto and would like to meet up with other artists and improve your drawing skills, then come out to Toronto's Official Subway Sketch group. We meet up every Sunday at Union Station ( look for people carrying sketchbooks on the subway platform...do not go up the stairs) at 3:30 pm ( we leave at around 3:45 - 3:50).

Hope to see you all there.