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A Certain Light Series
A Certain Light Series by Melissa Doherty

Two upcoming KW art happenings of note are Melissa Doherty’s Open Studio, April 29-30th, and Jennifer Gough’s FUEL on May 14th at 7:30 p.m.

Doherty’s Open Studio is a great opportunity to meet the artist and see the inner workings of her Tannery workspace. I am always amazed by the near photographic quality of her work and the gorgeous colors. The Open Studio at 121 Charles Street West, Studio 430 B,  runs from 10am-5pm on April 29 & 30th. Check out her website for more info on her work and studio.

Local artist Jennifer Gough of Minds Eye Studio Art is curating FUEL, a show that brings together nourishment for the mind and the tummy. In celebration of her studio’s 5th anniversary, Gough invited area artists to submit work for the group show which also benefits the Food Bank of Waterloo Region (exhibiting artists to be announced).  Sponsors are providing door prizes and attendees are invited to bring a donation for the food bank. Billed as an evening of “art, community and enlightenment” FUEL on May 14th at 7:30 pm should be a fantastic gathering of local artists and aficionados. Find out more here>

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An interview with artist David Hoover

Late Nights and Blue Collar Mornings

Local artist David Hoover´s February 19th show Late Nights and Blue Collar Mornings is just around the corner (check out the details and invite here). He was game to answer a couple of my questions via email.

Why Late Nights and Blue Collar Mornings?
The title is a reflection of what i’m going through. The show is not just about me but friends, co-workers and really anyone in general who works a 9-5 job then goes home and works another x amount of hours on their passion (not subject to just painting). So the “late nights” is a mix of working on passion and balancing a social life (friends, relationships, straight enjoying life). And the realization that if you wanna take “it” somewhere… you’ll never get anywhere without giving some sacrifice. So for example while my friends go out to party friday night im painting… legal or illegal then hooking up with my girlfriend at 2 in the a.m. to keep all that in check.

Then the “blue collars” comes when my alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. To remind me that i either have to go to work to pay the bills… or that i have more painting to do.

Kosta v.s David? Two entirely different people or one and the same?
Painting graffiti you have to come up with an alias. However there is also an element of creating a personality/identity. Kinda abstract but look at Peter Parker vs. Spider man. During the day he gets pushed around by his boss, kinda nerdy, has trouble with the girls, etc. However at night, when the mask goes one and it gets dark out he becomes a super hero. Know what i’m saying?

You use letters and words often in your work, how did this come about?
The goal with painting graffiti is to come up with your own style of font. Tagging is the most basic element of creating that font. I started doing canvas work to practice/develop my personal font. The stencil/block letters is there to create contrast against my font.

What would your perfect day entail?
ha ha ha this question is great. My perfect day? Oh man it would start at 4:30 a.m.  with black coffee, three eggs over easy with sriracha hot sauce and pumpernickel bread. Followed by a back pack full of paint and a date with a freight train,  finishing my piece just in time for the sunrise. This would follow with a morning back yard mini ramp session (skateboarding) and a nice lunch of sandwiches (any kind i’m not a picky eater) and a big salad of fresh greens followed by a honey dew melon for desert. A quick nap. Then hitting up the underworld (can’t give specific locations) again to paint another piece. After that was done and i was finished hanging out with the crew. I’d call up my girl and we would go have a nice dinner (preferably indian) of chole with rice, naan and mango pickle. To finish the evening drinks (beer, tea or wine) on a patio somewhere under the stars, urban setting but somewhat secluded. Teamed up with a hookah session.
After that i would fall asleep content, knowing that my day wasn’t wasted.

Yup, he is a cool guy.

Find out more about the show and RSVP on Facebook>

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Blue collars and coffee beans

Yes it is a jumbled title – but reflective of life as of late. Between my professional project, The Groundhog Day Meet Up at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (more about that tomorrow) and keeping up with the amazing opportunities that friends are creating within our arts community, I am running low on words and energy! Here are a couple that I hope will steer you in the right direction during February.

Self Portrait by Jennifer Gough

Local artist  Jennifer Gough has opened a month long show at Kava Bean Commons “From the inside, Out”. I’m certainly an unabashed fan of her and her work  and recently helped celebrate her birthday at her Kitchener studio, which is evocative of a really cool martini lounge hung with great art. Anyone is welcome to visit the studio, just book with her in advance  – don’t forget your check book though, it is hard to walk out without something in hand. Of her current show Jennifer says:

” Most of my work is inspired by life experience and human emotion.  Taking those feelings and expressing them through art, I examine and depict a range of attributes and emotions that I think we all experience and strive to achieve.  The result I believe is a collection of pieces that people can relate to in their own lives and experiences.”

I always love to tell people that I’ve met almost everyone I know in Kitchener on Twitter, and Jennifer (@MindsEyeStudio) is no exception. Her social media involvement is a great example of local artists using Twitter, Facebook and blogs to really build themselves as a brand. “From the inside, Out, will culminate with a Gala Dinner on March 5th. Connect with Jennifer on Twitter or via her website for more information. BTW, Jennifer is also responsible for the great windows at THEMUSEUM  and she covers the Searching for Tom opening here.

So that covers the title “coffee beans,” how about the “blue collars”? Another highly anticipated show.

Late Nights and Blue Collar Mornings

Late Nights and Blue Collar Mornings Invite

I met David, aka Kosta, at one of Hilary Abel’s Cinq a Septs (@angrycelery). Local social media icon and super connector Lisa McDonald introduced us and I spend an enjoyable night talking to him about his work. His passion and energy really is contagious and I very much look forward to his show on Saturday, February 19 from 6:30pm – 11:30pm at 51 Borden Ave South in Kitchener. You can RSVP on his Facebook event page here. It think that David’s invite on the event page really says it all. He is a seriously cool guy.

“hey everyone,
i dont know about yourselves but in the depth of the winter i dont like to be outside for extended periods of time. so if you share the same, or perhaps you like art, or perhaps you hate art but like having a chill drink with friends you havent seen in a while, or perhaps you just like having a drink? either way this is an invitation to come check out what ive been working on in my top secret laboratory. i miss you all very much and hope to see you in the very near future. much love.
your boy kosta”

Yup so beans and collars with a dose of social media love thrown in. Sounds like a post to me.

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Weekend Clues

big crossword puzzle

I love knowing truly creative people. Jennifer Gough, aka Minds Eye Studio is definitely one (see our Box 10 interview), pair her with two of my other favorites THEMUSEUM and TEDxWaterloo and I don’t know what to do with myself. Luckily, they do.

This Saturday Jennifer’s massive TEDxWaterloo Speaker Smarts Crossword Puzzle will be revealed at THEMUSEUM. From 1-5pm we are all invited to check out the clues and paint in our answers. If painting isn’t your thing, tease the crowd by tweeting incorrect hints – they will  show up on the tweet wall if you use #TEDxWaterloo.

Aside from just being really fun, (who doesn’t like giant puzzles?), the crossword will introduce newbies to the TEDx world.  More than just a speaker’s series, audience members must apply for a spot (applications are due February 1st) and be prepared to be a part of the conversations that happen in between each presentation. It’s a truly unique, interactive experience. The actual TEDxWaterloo event takes place on March 3rd at the Centre in the Square from 1-8p m with an afterparty to follow.

Of course, this is all taking place in the midst of THEMUSEUM’s 36 hours of Titanic, a crazy undertaking which brings the exhibit to you for – you guessed it – 36 hours straight- 10 am on Friday to 10 pm on Saturday. Night owls are rewarded with $10 Titanic admission from 10 pm to 10 am.

It is going to be a busy weekend. Thursday night is the talk with artist in residence Michelle Allard at KW|AG followed by Friday night’s Opening Reception, also at KW|AG (both are free and open to all). Saturday you’ll find me puzzling out the clues for Jennifer’s TEDxWaterloo crossword puzzle at THEMUSEUM and Sunday I am going to take in the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery‘s newest exhibition – most likely with some sushi thrown in.

So, to sum up my feelings about this weekend:

#6 across: What’s a seven letter word for really excited – starts with a “p” ?
Hint: Rhymes with biked

 

p.s – If you haven’t checked out Jennifer Gough’s new blog find it here>

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