Art: How to Clean a Painting Dance: Butoh Dance Music: Vegetable Orchestra

Art: How to Clean a Painting
Music: Vegetable Orchestra
Dance: Butoh Dance
Theatre: Elektra Debuts
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Volume 2, Number 2
March 2011
Cover: Lillias Torrance Newtown.
Portrait of a Elise Kingman
At the Musee des Beaux-Arts
de Montreal
Featured in this Issue
Featured Artists..........................3-16
Art News.......................................14
Encaustic Painting.....................17-19
How to Clean Paintings............20-21
Vegetable Orchestra........26-27
Elektra Debuts................28-29
Fly: Five First Ladies of Dance ...22-23
Butoh dance.............................24-25
Graphic Design & Layout: Robyn Atherton, Nadejda Volembovschii
Editing: Jack Watt Prepress/Production Artist: Julie Whatman
Alex St. Germain
Art is like a love affair you hope works out.
In my case what exists in my mind, never appears
quite the same on canvas, but when completed,
I discover that the work has taken a life of its own.
Sometimes it’s a perfect relationship, sometimes
not. Just like love.
Gregory Fricker
The artwork of Gregory Fricker is an exploration of the human psyche. His experience as a military interrogator allows
him to translate what he finds during his
explorations into analogous landscapes
populated with life born from dissected
perceptions and uncovered truths.
Gord Stuart
Gord’s primary passion is painting
scenes with water reflections in them.
The reflections are fascinating and inspiring. The bold and brilliant colours
that Gord loves to use illustrate nature’s
pallet to draw viewers
into the painting, challenging them to linger
and experience the mood
and the beauty that Gord
finds in nature.
Louise Gauthier
I like to use intense pigments versus
transparency to flash the light with underpainting, creating a dynamic movment. With these new experiences of
watercolor I stimulate reflection. Watercolor Canadian Society (SCA) member
since 2008.
California based artist, Cynthia Rogers
creates a visual language with found
objects, juxtaposed in meaningful
ways, to speak what has not been spoken, felt but not known. Her art work
provides flights-of-fancy with underlying social-political concerns.
Katerina’s paintings feature photographic accuracy typical of Pop Art
and slightly mannered contours of photographs filled with minimum
colours. Such restrained colour arrangement prompts
which makes images bright,
memorable, and up-to-date.
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Emily Carr,
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Alex Colville
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and Birds
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His style is fresh, edgy and modern with an emphasis on
emotion-driven documentary images and imaginative
portraits. Richard’s photography has been featured in
various publications, advertising, and web. His clients include the CTV digital, Globe
and Mail, and The Reader. Many
of Richard’s prints are available
for purchase at Ben Navaee Gallery
With passion you emit energy. My photography is
my passion and my photography work exposes
my energy. In all the venues
that I have participated I
have had tremendous fun.
It is not work, it is happiness from the soul.
Tyler searches to find the perfect composition through the
colors and textures
that come to life
with time and the
process of decay
in the urban environments that surround us.
teymur agalioglu
The paintings of the Artist are
exhibited in Ankara Paint and
Sculpture Museum, Denizli Municipality, Anlanya Museum. His
paintings are present in special
collections in Malasia, England, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Holland and Germany. Mr.
Agalioglu attended more than 30 exhibitions.
Lily is a Chinese American artist,
who specializes in contemporary
cross-cultural painting- exhibiting
internationally. Originally from Taiwan, with MFA/BFA degrees.
Newly sprung onto the
Artscape, Carolyn Scanlan’s perspectives of contemporary culture is
shaped by abstractions, of her ideals into
geometrics and splatters; that become creative
currency, intriguing viewers into thought provoking concepts of intention.
His love for the fairy
baby is born since when,
memories and feelings
that have always remained alive in his mind
and for finding the canvas so the carelessness
of a time to him so dear.
Stamatina Lindstrom
I like playing with structure and form and I
keep my work non-controlled and spontaneous. Metal is the material through which
I materialize my mind’s sprouts of ideas and
Slavko Dujic is Croatian artist,
based in Nederlands. He studied
at the Stedelijke
Academie voor
Kunsten in Hasselt,
where he specialized in abstract art and
Academie voor Plastische Kunsten in Genk Belgium and and
is member of professional artists
association in Holland.
Slavko Dujic
The realistic images,
which are central to
my work become
iconic symbols, for
example the Global
Begins Series (2001).
I paired images of
siamese twins with actual text from Plato’s “Symposium”
After completing his schooling in 1973 he
studied first art, music and law. Drawing,
woodcut and etching formed the main
focus of his artistic creating. He undertook a lot of
study travelling to Paris
and Amsterdam to visit old
printers which still printed in
the traditional technology.
The thickness of the 100
lb paper gives a sense
of carving or etching in
stone, the impression of
something permanent.
a. aydin baykara
Three of his paintings
have been printed as the
cover of two books by
Prof. Dr. Nejat Akar and
an encyclopedia by Middle
East Technical University
(METU). Two paintings of
Baykara have been taken for Hamiye Colakoglu
Museum, Bilkent University.
Lars Whelan
Lars whelan is a ship’s Captain
specializing in sub-sea construction, his position allows him access to shooting at the heart of
the offshore oil industry.
Give your house a sense of
and update your living space with bold,
fresh colours and new ideas
from professional artists who are
passionate about painting.
marina reiter
Ms. Reiter’s art is about
the interconnectedness
of things, our complex
interactions and relationships, six degrees of
separation, celebration
of everything that unites
us and pulls us apart.
[email protected]
Andrea De luigi
In my work, the sensuality of the organic
forms of Nature coexist with geometric
and abstract forms. Colour is my passion,
forms and shapes are subordinated to it.
[email protected]
Vlatko Ceric
My works are generated from
the heart of computer, by computer programs that transform
my ideas into images using algorithms- describing how an
image will look like and how it
is to be generated.
Hanna Scheriau
This artistic work on silk is a worldwide unique kind of art. Silk is extremely durable, more than canvas,
and the luminous silk colours for
artists are not a bit photo-sensitive.
Paintings of Hanna Scheriau are found in collections around the world.
[email protected]
Kolyras Spyros
“And finally, he ends
up in expressive results which transform
the visual reality and the external appearance of his landscapes in a lyrical song of light and colour, in a rich
voice of sensitivity, in a harmony full of
– Thanos Christou
Assistant Professor of History of Art
University of Ioannina
Marianna Venczak
I’m a painter, graphic
artist, illustrator.
paintings are emotional
reflections of the world
surronding us: sparkles
of moments I captured
and embraced.
E-mail: [email protected]
Suzie Boudreault
Suzie Boudreault is the artist under
the brand name SuzieB. Her style
is a mix of Naïve, Impressionist
and Modernist. The paintings are
glimpses of the natural world: vibrant, lively, and candid. SuzieB is represented
by Agora Gallery (New York) and Galerie Berick
(Bromont - Quebec) and has been published in
high profile magazines.
Tari Dodd-DiBello
Charismatic, whimsical & vibrant is the artistry that Tari invokes in her paintings. Inspired
by her wordly travels, her works
are reflective of her eccentric
personality, views, and unconventional approach to life.
Abdelkhalek Aghzout
“Painting is development of seeing and
ability. Painting is a science and knowledge”. – Aghzout
“Art is research, art is a science and
knowledge”. – Aghzout
[email protected] or
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Little faith photography wants to record all the beautiful
things she sees and witnesses. For Little faith photography
it is essential that her photos are emotionel, elegant, feminine and mysterious.
[email protected]
A female artst who died penniless set auction
records is being featured in a new book by
Dr. Anthony Parton. Goncharova (1881-1962)
was a leader of the Russian avant garde. But
she was also a wonderful and versatile artist
who was much in demand for theatrical set and
costume designs. “Just before the book went to
print Goncharova set a new record at Christies,” says Anthony. “It was for an oil painting
called Espagnole which was done in 1916 and
fetched a very impressive £6,425,250
Paul Rockett has died at the age of 90. Landmark
photographer and ADC award winner, Born in
Toronto, he shot more than 100 magazine covers
during his career. Paul Rockett who some credit
with changing the face of Canadian magazine
photography, died at age 90 in Vancouver after a
battle with liver cancer.
Anja Etwal-Nielsen
Art comes alive through the
watching eyes and the feeling
hands. Art has shown the life
that’s been lived – and dreamed
of being lived. Art can be used
as a silent, passive weapon – a
tool for those without a voice.
[email protected]
Amira de Maistre
Amira de Maistre discovers every day new
lights, flamboyant colours, sunsets that you
only find in the South of France. Then inspiration comes from influences, multiple forms
which carry her towards abstract painting
without forgetting the figurative.
Creation for me is a journey in search
for the answers to the questions raised
for the day. Audrone is a member of
Lithuanian Artists Associacion, the Guild
of Textile and Artists “White”, Ceramics club “Harmony”, and
a member of Lithuanian
Art Therapy Association.
Daphne Anastassiou Mustakis
At different stages
of my life, painting
beckoned and invited
me to venture into its
magical world without boundaries. My
source of inspiration
is silence... The Universe. The Universe speaks to me by means of silence.
Yeji Jun
My art is my state of mind. My
state of mind stems from my subconscious. My visualization process
connects my subconscious to my
consciousness. By creating a visual
subconscious, I can share my state
of mind with the public.
The natural world has
changed against an artifical made one. But sometimes it works as well or
maybe even better. The
German Pop Art Painter
catch it in art work.
[email protected]
Enc Painting
By: Carolann McLean
Grab yourself an old frying pan or griddle, some soup cans or
tuna tins or and get some wax (two kinds, real beeswax with a
slight yellow tinge, or microcrystalline, which is man-made and
pure white) from the local art supply store and you are all set up
for encaustic painting.
If you put the wax in the freezer, you can toss it on the floor and it will
break into chunks. Place it in a tin and melt it down. Also be careful if heating a soup can of wax. The bottom will melt first and
can explode up through the unmelted top! Now add your oil colour
and mix. You can use dry pigment but it is very toxic, so I just use
oil paint. The pigment is bound into the oil and does not become airborne. Oil sticks are also a possibility and those long, wooden coffee
stir sticks are very handy for stirring and even applying the wax.
Get yourself something to paint on. It has to be rigid and I prefer white
as it reflects up through the wax. Easiest solution: the cardboardbacked canvases you can get at the art store. More time-consuming
would be to get canvas stretchers, cut masonite pieces to size, nail
on and cover with canvas which you attach with a staple gun. You’re
all set to paint lay down some drop cloths on all surfaces as encaustic
is messy. Larger brushes can be used at first. I have had success with
natural and artificial brushes. You need to lay in a surface of wax all over
the canvas.
You will find it frustrating at first because as you brush it on, it dries so
fast and goes lumpy. Just get a heatgun or hair dryer and hold the
canvas vertically and the wax will melt and drip down and off, leaving
a smooth surface.
Wax melts around 200 fahrenhe
and can catch fire so Always stay
in the room to monitor the heat.
Each application of colour will also be lumpy at first. To get
rid of this you can gently pull a straight metal edge across to
smooth it. Kitchen knives, putty
knives work and other straight edged
tools can be found at second hard
stores. A heatgun will flatten the
colours and give a glossy finish.
Those coffee stir sticks can be used
to pull one colour over another.
As you get into the image more, you
can cool the wax down to a consistency like butter, and pick it up with
the stick and manipulate it by pushing
and pulling it where you want it.
Keep mixing new colours in new
tins to keep them separate so you
can control your image.
You will notice that some colours are opaque and some
transparent. Certain pigments just are that way and also you
control this by how much pigment is in the mix.
The bottom will melt first and can explode up through the unmelted top! Now add your oil colour and mix. You can use
dry pigment but it is very toxic, so I just use oil paint. The
pigment is bound into the oil and does not become
Oil sticks are also a possibility. Those long, wooden
coffee stir sticks are very handy for stirring and
even applying the wax.
There are small specialty irons for use in sealing
fabrics to one another. They are small and have
a thermostat dial to control the heat. This gives
you a flat surface of heat to experiment with,
as well as a hot edge to incise the wax with
and wax can be put onto the iron and applied
to the canvas. It is easy to melt your image right
down to the canvas, so you will have to experiment with how to control the iron.
s effects
• One very groovy effect is intarsia. You cut into the
surface with a metal tool, then layer over the groove
with another colour and scrape away the top, leaving a beautiful strip of colour embedded in the surface.
• Also very beautiful is the effect of scratching the surface with sandpaper, or knives, or whatever, laying
oil paint over and then rubbing away with a cloth.
• Transparent mixes can be layered over each other
and the effect is unpredictable, usually gorgeous
• You can pour the wax, let it drip and collage into
it with other images or objects just by heating the
• If you want to cover a large area, you can get a cake
pan, or loaf pan and make a bigger pool of wax
• Even when the image is cold, you can pull bits off
and place them elsewhere, which isn’t possible in oil
How to
By: Taneacha Campbell
Knowing exactly how to clean a piece of art
can be a challenge but with these easy steps
the process won’t be as daunting.
Buy a loaf (two or three loaves if the painting is large) of good quality (cooked)
doughy bread — a large sourdough works.
On a pretty day, take the painting outdoors,
or work inside on a large drop cloth, since this
is a messy procedure.
Using dough pulled from the inside of the loaf, scrub
the painting using gentle pressure. Avoid any areas
where paint may be flaking. You will see the soil collect
on the dough. Get a new hunk of dough as the older
piece gets dirty or disintegrates.Continue this process over
the entire surface of the work.
Using a soft bristle brush, such as a good quality house
painting brush. They can be found at your local hardware
store. Brush the remaining dough crumbs off of the painting. Go methodically over the entire surface because the
dough likes to stick and any remaining crumbs would
be an enticement to insects.
If the painting has a combination of media, it is difficlt to determine the combination of materials used
to make the painting or what layers were applied
for protection. Applying any solvent. even water,
to the surface can spell trouble. If you are unsure
of the type of media of the piece or
the presevant used
to seal the piece, a
light superficial cleaning is best. In this case
dust the piece — ever so
gently — with a very soft
bristle brush. Imagine you are
cleaning a soiled rose bloom
from the garden.
u are
Imagine yo led
cleaning a
the garden
If the paint layers appear to be very firmly attached to
the board, you might try the bread technique given
above; otherwise take the painting to a professional
restorer or leave it as is. The likelihood of you destroying the piece in an attempted cleaning is quite high.
EDITORS NOTE: To delve into the complexities of painting cleaning, restoration and the technical underpinning
of works of art, try these resources: Helmut Ruhemann’s
Cleaning of Paintings: Problems and Potentialities or Ralph
Mayer’s: Artists’ Handbook of Materials and Techniques:
Fifth Edition, Revised and Updated. A general rule of thumb
is that paintings are usually best left untouched by anyone.
The impulse to scrub any surface within reach is not suggested. The cleaning of paintings should be left to a
competent professional conservator or restorer.
FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance
by: Kathleen black
In October 2010, the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia was honored
with an amaziW rmance by these five dancers. This was an exciting tour
where these female dancers, each of them over 60, used their experience
and energetic bodies to show a magnificent view of maturity in awesome
solo performances. These are dancers with long and distinguished careers.
All of them have particular talents which they have developed during their
lives and have won them different and important awards.
Bebe Miller
Choreographer, performer, teacher, and artistic director was born in 1950, in
Brooklyn, NY.
Her awards include the Creative Artists Public Service Fellowship, 1984, for
choreography; the New York Foundation for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship,
1984 and 1991; the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship,
1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988; the New York Dance and Performance Award
(“Bessie”) for choreography, 1986 and 1987; the American Choreographer Award
and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, both 1988; the Dewar’s
Young Artists Recognition Award, 1990.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Choreographer, artistic director, founder and dancer was born in 1950, in Kansas
City, Missouri.
Some of her awards are: the New York Dance and Performance award,1992; the
University of Missouri in Kansas City, named Outstanding Alumni, 1993; the
Capezio award for outstanding achievement in dance, 1994; the Florida State
University Alumna of the Year award, 1997; the American Dance Festival Doris
Duke award, 1997.
Germaine Acogny
Senegalese dancer and choreographer is known as “the mother of African dance.
She was born in 1944 in Benin, West Africa.
Some of her awards are the Chevalier of the Order of Merit and Officer of Arts and
Letters of the French Republic; the Knight of the National Order of the Lion of
Senegal; the London Dance and Performance Award for Ye’ou, the Awakening,
1991; the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts award, 2005.
Dianne McIntyre
Choreographer, dancer, and director was born in 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Some of her awards include the 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2009 Honorary
Doctorate of Fine Arts from State University of New York Purchase College, three
Bessies (NY Dance), two AUDELCOs (NY Black Theatre) and the Cleveland Arts
Carmen De Lavallade
Dancer was born in 1931 in Los Angeles, California
In 2004, De Lavallade received the Black History Month Lifetime Achievement
Award, and the Rosie Award and a Bessie in 2006.
These women are distinguished for their innovations and original
workshops as they are always pushing forward through the
boundaries of dance.
“Fly” was a deeply moving performance in which each of them
created her own solo. These dancers were full of feeling behind
every movement ; these women reached deep into themselves
transmitting their emotions to the grateful audience.
FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance has been supported by The Pew
Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance
B u toDahnce
ala estrada
By martha ay
Kazuo Ohno, the dancer and choreographer who
founded the contemporary dance movement known
as Butoh, passed away on June 1st 2010 at the age of 103.
Ohno was born in in on October 27, 1906 in Hakodate, Hokkaido. He
demonstrated an aptitude for athletics in junior high school and graduated from an athletic college in 1929. He later taught physical education
at a Christian high school. In 1933 Ohno began studying with Japanese
modern dance pioneers Baku Ishii and Takaya Eguchi, this qualified him
to teach dance at the Soshin Girls’ School.
Unfortunately, Ohno’s studies in dance and his pacifist beliefs would be
compromised after he was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army in
1938. After the war Ohno began working on his dancing again, and
in 1949 he presented his first solo work in Tokyo. During the 1950s he
met another dancer by the name of Tatsumi Hijikata. The both of them
had endured many hardships during the war. Together they created the
Butoh style of dance in order to express the pain they felt from the war.
Butoh is a revolutionary movement in the contemporary dance world.
Bu means “To dance” and Toh means “to stamp the ground”. Butoh
also translates to “walk on the road with the same attitude as the
Samurai”. In order to survive as a warrior a Samurai had to train himself
on three levels: the body, mind, and spirit.
The Butoh dance is a method systemized for psychosomatic exploration
and integration. It was described together with the physical exercises of
Noguchi Taiso and the bodywork of Tekeuchi Lessons.
Benefts of Butoh
Today, Butoh enjoys an extraordinarily high level
of popularity worldwide. Butoh is a magical
and special way to display our deepest feelings
through the art of dance.
-Freedom to be who you are at
any age, in any place with any
-Flexibility and enjoyment with
life’s changes
-Discovering and mastering
your hidden gifts and talents
-Joyfully living your life’s passion and purpose
-Breaking out of imposed patterns and old stuck “boxes”
-Natural ease with creativity
and uniqueness
-Playing your own special role
in the world
-Playing your own special role
in the world
-Heightened sensitivity and
-Capacity to listen and trust
-Become intimate with the motion of the soul
-Tap hidden sources of your
-Powerful presence in performance and life
-Nurture yourself and others in
body, heart and soul
-Loosen up and let go, and
dance like a child again
-Finding enjoyment and value
in your unique gifts
“Behind the clothes, every part of the skin is waiting to show us
its hidden face, every muscle to get eyes and reach towards the
surrounding air, follow the wind and the light — and the darkness. The fear of dirt is a punishment for the body’s desire to be
touched, to travel, to discover and to swim.”
- Johannes Bergmark
able Orc
ONION be released
soon to
The Vienna-based Vegetable Orchestra
has been exploring new realms of
sound for over a decade.
Carrot recorders, pumpkin drums,
leek violins, celeriac bongos, and
aubergine handclaps are just a
few of the instruments used in their
compositions. With a total of eleven
musicians, the orchestra plays
approximately twenty-five shows
a year.
By: Andrew Herlihy
They describe their sound as a fusion
of “beat-oriented House tracks,
experimental Electronic, Free Jazz,
Noise, Dub, and Clicks’n’Cuts”
The orchestra’s
members assert that
they are not all
vegetarians and
vegans. In fact, they
urge people to never
ask this question,
because they’ve “heard
it three million times”.
Their forthcoming album
entitled Onionoise,
focuses on the percussive qualities of vegetables. It is slated for release this
fall on the Transacoustic Research record label.
E l e k b u ts
Richard Strauss’ fervent, oneact opera known as Elektra
w Herlihy
By: Andre
lektra focuses on the tale of
Agamemon and his highly
made its debut in 1909 at the
dysfunctional family. The chain of
Dresden State Opera. The plot
vengeful murders is initiated by
may have been too shocking
Agamemnon who sacrifices his
for modern audiences had it
daughter Iphingenia. This of course
been in any other format than
upsets Iphingenia’s mother, Klytaem-
Opera. This is due to extreme-
nestra, who murders Agamemnon in
ly violent subject matter of
a bathtub, with an axe.
the story, which dates back
many millenia to the tragedies of ancient Greece.
The other daughter, Elektra, is torn
by her mother’s actions. She wants
to mortally punish her mother but is
unable to do it herself. It is her long
lost brother, Orestes, who is tasked
with the bloody mission of revenge.
He returns home to discover that
Elektra has gone insane, he then
promptly proceeds to kill both his
mother and her new lover, Aegisthus
Over the last century this gory
epic has been performed
countless times all over the
world. One of its latest reproductions worth mentioning is being
done by the Washington National
The performance is taking place
at the Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts in Washington,
D.C. It stars Susan Bullock as
Elektra, Irina Mishura as Klytamnestra, and Christine Goerke as
Chrysothemis, the more mentally
stable sister of Elektra.
Contact 2011: Toronto Photography Festival
“Toronto/New York Trends”
By: Quincy McColgan
Show time: April 30 - May 27th 2011
Opening Reception: April 30 th
from 3:00-4:30 pm
Participating Artists:
Graeme Coxxon, Susan Lappin,
Mariana May, Sandra Scarpelli, Peter
Vietgen, Vickie West, Janics Hardacre,
Janos Gandoniy, Allan Parke
Ben Navaee Gallery 416 -999-1030
Kids Summer
ducation is a Basic Hu ma
Toronto East Community Arts Program
1111 Queen St. East, Toronto