JANUARY


 (Jan.10 – Feb.03): “HARVEST PILGRIMS – MIGRANT FARM WORKERS” by Vincenzo Pietropaolo (Toronto, ON) in conjunction with the annual Windsor Labour Arts Festival Reception on Thursday, February 1, 7:30 pm; artist in attendance

Solo show, black & white photography


image: courtesy of Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Click here for more information

Fri., Jan.19; doors at 8:00 pm: “ARTS 1, 000, 044 BIRTHDAY” at Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave. W., $5 at the door

Musical performances by TEACH YOURSELF PIANO, BRAD BLACKTON and DJ MICHEAL O’REILLY

PLUS big birthday cake, munchies & prizes donated by local businesses!

Mid-winter fun for the arts community

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“Art’s Birthday” has become an annual celebration/event for the Windsor arts community, presented with a nod to French fluxus artist Robert Filliou (who first commemorated art’s 1,000,000 birthday on January 17, 1963). Organized annually by Artcite Inc, “Art’s Birthday” is truly a community-based celebration of the arts, and is presented in cooperation with other organizations in the community such as the Arts Council – Windsor & Region, CJAM 91.5 fm, and Common Ground Gallery. Past “Art’s Birthday” performances included: a number of live musical performances by City Wide Vacuum, Teach Yourself Piano (Sarah Atkinson & Kevin Atkinson); Six Guys Named Joe, who performed a tribute to the late Joe Strummer and the Clash; members of Windsor’s Sexecutives goofball DJ collective; burlesque performance by “The Rack Sisters” (Nadja Pelkey, Juliana Schewe, and Pricilla Miller); belly dancing performance by Juliana Schewe; contortionist performance by Evann Frisque, among many others. Event proceeds benefited the Windsor arts community.

Click here for more info about worldwide Art’s Birthday celebrations


FEBRUARY


(Feb.14 – Mar.10): “MEDIA CITY 13 INSTALLATIONS” Johanna Billing (Croatia/Sweden), part of “Confined Innocence” and Tony Cokes (USA)

OPENING RECEPTION on WEDNESDAY, FEB.14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

multi-media installations in conjunction with the Media City 13 International Festival of Experimental Film & Video Art.

MEDIA CITY INSTALLATIONS · DISCUSSIONS, THURSDAY, FEB.15, 3:00 pm at the Art Gallery of Windsor, 401
Riverside Dr. W.

Tour and discussion with curator Jan Schuijren about the work of Mircea Cantor and Victor Alimpiev 6:00 pm at Artcite Inc., 109 University Ave. W.

Panel with curator Jan Schuijren and artist Tony Cokes; moderated by cinema scholar and Media City juror Bart Testa

The work of Mircea Cantor, Victor Alimpiev and Johanna Billing was curated for Media City by Jan Schuijren.

Jan Schuijren worked at the Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam from 1991 until 2001. Since 2002 he has worked as an independent curator, developing and presenting film, video and media art projects for many international organizations, museums and other venues. Recent projects include “Drawn by Reality – Encapsulated in Life”; an international group exhibition presented in Pittsburgh, and in September 2006 he co-curated the 7th Werkleitz Biennial in Halle, Germany. He was a member of the competition jury at Media City 6 in 2000. He lives and works in Amsterdam.


Magical World, Johanna Billing (Croatia/Sweden), video installation, 2005

Presented as part of Confined Innocence, a presentation of three video works by Victor Alimpiev (Russia) and Mircea Cantor (Romania) at the Art Gallery of Windsor (January 26 – March 11, 2007).

Curated by Jan Schuijren (The Netherlands).


The Evil Series, Tony Cokes (USA), video 2005-06
(Evil .5, .7, .8, .10, and .15 part 1)

Timely musings culled from authorities such as Condoleeza Rice, the New York Times and Slavoj Zizek are rendered as manically scrolling text and combined with pop music from the likes of The Notwist, Lali Puna and Alias. “This series is an attempt to think about events and issues most Americans disavow: why do most US voters prefer a story they want to hear over an analysis of America’s actions, history and ideology?” (TC)

The video and multi-media installation work of TONY COKES has been exhibited at the NY MoMA, the Whitney Museum, Documenta X, the Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim Museum, the IFF Rotterdam, the International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and other venues. He teaches at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Confined Innocence: Victor Alimpiev, Johanna Billing, Mircea Cantor Curated by Jan Schuijren

Apart from its typical reference to a child’s or animal’s virtue, innocence as a purely positive term that connotes an open and optimistic view of the world, seems to be relegated to the realm of the irrelevant. Authenticity has become relative and reality is increasingly fictionalized, making it hard to connect with our inner essence at this moment in time. Confined Innocence brings together three works that question the biased perceptions we adopt and allows for a revalidation of our core emotions and genuine experience — the simple and pure, heartfelt understanding and interpretation of what we see, hear, and feel.

In Victor Alimpiev’s Summer Lightings, the dark and roaring thunder outside interacts with the controlled, choreographed gestures of a group of young girls sitting in a brightly lit classroom. As if driven by an invisible force, they intermittently drum their painted fingernails on the table. The collective tapping instills what feels like a serene tension in the room. The abrupt cuts of images of the girls’ hands lying open on the table, and close-ups of their expressions — anticipatory, excited, nervous, curious, amused — engender disquiet in the absolute silence. The sequenced play is fiercely interrupted by images of distant thunder and lightning throbbing against a black sky. With no further clues on offer, the emotional charge increases, endlessly suspending the climax, intensifying the complexity of the moment.

Deeparture by Mircea Cantor shows a gallery space in which a wolf and a deer tensely inhabit the room together. Their distinct yet restful awareness of each other is eerie in its disturbing silence, with the perceived anxiety projected by the viewer’s mind and returned again, bouncing back from the screen. The wolf is latently stalking the deer, though no thought of attack can be read in his mind. The enticing play of their instinctual explorations throws the viewer back and forth between a sense of bewildering wonder and fearful awe in a silent, time-distorting loop.

In Johanna Billing’s Magical World, images of desolate street scenes outside a rundown 1980s cultural centre in Dubrava, a suburb of Zagreb, Croatia, lead inside the building where a group of children are rehearsing the song “Magical World” (1), a melancholic depiction of hope and change: Why do you want to wake me from such a beautiful dream? … Can’t you see that I’m sleeping? … We live in a magical world. While performing the song in what for them is a foreign language, hypnotizing close-ups and long shots of the children alternate with the urban wasteland outside, slowly drawing us into the children’s fragile, private world. The mixture of timidity and pride, insecurity and confidence in their poses and expressions, reveals their struggle to grasp the meaning of the words they sing, but at the same time fills the room with an unmistakable and intense inner hope.

Jan Schuijren, Amsterdam, January 2007

(1) ‘Magical World’ was written by the African-American singer Sidney Barnes and first performed by Rotary Connection in 1968.


MARCH


(Mar.16 – Apr.14):“CONTEXTE FIGURATIF” by Jacques Clément (Montréal, QC) Reception on Friday, March 16, 7:30pm; artist in attendance

Mixed-media installation


image: “Liano”, mixed media, courtesy of Jacques Clément; installation photo of “Contexte Figuratif” at Artcite Inc., courtesy of Artcite Inc.

Solo show, mixed-media drawing installation Jacques Clément’s immense drawing installations consist of multiple sketches, drawings and collages affixed onto strips of paper that are folded into multi-layered, quasi-organic structures. Clément’s work focuses on process and on the developments of his “personal language” of forms, gestures, textures, and colours. From inception to installation the development of Clément’s work and emotive flux continually transforms.


APRIL


Wed., Apr.25, at 7:00 PM: “ARTCITE’S SPRING 2007 SEMI-ANNUAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING”

@ (phabulous) phog lounge, 157 University Ave. W., Windsor, ON

Our spring semi-annual general meeting Artcite’s Board of Directors is elected from the membership. This board relies on the Artcite membership-YOU-for input in the areas of policy-making, planning, the formation of programming and administrative committees, etc.

Elections to the Board of Directors will take place (7­12 positions to be filled: the Artcite Board is comprised of between 9­14 members), and 2007­08 committees (programming, reception, installation, OD, etc.) will be formed from the membership (no need for alarm-you won’t be shanghaied into serving on a committee unless you’re interested!).

Voting members must be in good standing to register their vote. Non-voting (and prospective) members are welcome!
Please attend this important meeting and learn more about YOUR GALLERY’S past and future (did you know that May 2007 marks Artcite’s 25th Anniversary?!?). C’mon out and reminisce about our illustrious past.C’mon out and help to plot our glorious future (how the heck ARE we celebrating our 25th?). This is also your opportunity to have a voice in determining Artcite’s goals for the next 25­125 years!

Interested in learning more?

Whaddya think? HOW can we serve YOU better? Give us your ideas. How can you can serve your gallery better? C’mon out, and we’ll count the ways (with profuse thanks in advance). Or-just c’mon out and meet your fellow Artciteurs. More info? Comments? Talk @ us @ (519) 977-6564 or e-us @ info@artcite.ca. Thanks, you.

Remember: ‘You’ are the “Artist” in “Artist-run”. Artcite is your gallery. Participate. We look forward to hearing from you real soon!

(Apr.21- May 19): “SHADOW PRINCESSES” by Deborah Forbes (Medicine Hat, AB)
Reception on Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm; artist in attendance

Mixed-media installation


Image: Deborah Forbes, Shadow Princesses installation view, fire from front left.

Image courtesy of Dan Engel, Hide Away Studios Inc.

Deborah Forbes’ exhibition “Shadow Princesses” is a multi-media installation, which investigates the historical and cross-cultural function of the image of ‘princess’, citing the enduring fascination with images and ideas of little ‘princesses’ as portrayed in the historical painting ‘Infanta Margarita’ by Diego Velázquez and JonBenet Ramsay, a contemporary counterpart. Through morphed layers of the projected images, shadows and reflections, Forbes presents a discourse on femininity, beauty and the staying power of the ‘princess’ icon in contemporary culture.

“The room is dark: as we move towards and between the draped hangings, our own shadows play with the frozen images of JonBenet Ramsay and Velázquez’s Infanta Margarita, which sway and drift in currents of air. A girlish figure, laser cut from a thick steel sheet, casts a small but knife-edged shadow, which grows softer, more amorphous and expansive as it appears on veil after veil. A trill of childish laughter, followed by the gentle sounds of water, grass rustling and fire’s light crackling insinuate themselves into the quiet space, while projected imagery of the serene natural elements flicker, looping endlessly over the tragic princesses.” –excerpt, “Shadow Princesses: A Correspondence between Joanne Marion, Curator of Art, Esplanade Art Gallery and Deborah Forbes, Artist”

The public is invited to meet and speak with Deborah Forbes during the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public!

Deborah Forbes would like to thank Jill Timushka for steel management, Rory Mahony for sound and video, Hannah for her shadows and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for its generous support.


MAY


(MAY 25 – JUN.23): ARTCITE INC. 25th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

SEND US YOUR GREETINGS!

Dearest Artciteurs & friends…

WE INVITE YOU TO HELP US CELEBRATE!! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, ARTCITEURS OLD AND NEW — members, friends, volunteers, exhibiting artists, filmmakers and video artists, audio artists, performers, writers, lecturers, VITA guests, funders, colleagues, collaborators, patrons and visitors and/or ANY/everyone interested in supporting contemporary art and culture! To help us to get into our yearlong party mood, we’re asking YOU to send your favourite artist-run centre for the contemporary arts, i.e., ARTCITE INC., a happy 25th anniversary greeting.

YOUR HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CONGRATS, GENERAL WELL WISHES, ETC. MAY TAKE ANY FORM: birthday cards (artist-made or pre-fab), small 2D or 3D artworks in any medium, artists’ multiples, found objects, found art, found photos, historical Artcite photos and/or documents, original audio and/or video pieces (CD or DVD format), voice-mail messages, e-mails, essays, odes, love letters, rants, regrets, mail art, fax art, etc. Artworks (and other greetings) do not have to be framed, but must be ready to hang/display.

ALL works received between May 19 and June 22 will be displayed in Artcite’s gallery space, as part of our biggest-ever (or our only, really) month-long 25th anniversary exhibit, which runs from May 25 – June 23/07; greetings will be added to the exhibit as they arrive (first come = first hung); please note that deadline for receipt of audio/video greetings intended for display in the gallery is May 19/07. Digital greetings for our web-site and Artcite’s myspace.com pages are also invited (no deadline), as are bright, shiny 25¢ pieces for what we hope will be a big ol’ chunk o’ anniversary change piled high in the gallery (a penny a year! We challenge you to find a bigger bargain-or a more worthy use for your spare change!).

Please note that because of the special nature of this Artcite anniversary exhibit, we regret that we cannot return greetings unless specified at the time of submission; works not accompanied by a SASE or other pre-paid return shipping will NOT be returned. COD or duty/tax owing submissions will also not be accepted (please mark your mailed or couriered submission “No value. For cultural purposes only”). We also regret that due to the unjuried nature of this exhibit, artists’ fees will not be paid, however, documentation will be sent to all participants. If you wish to receive documentation of Artcite’s big anniversary project, please clearly identify your submission with: your name, address, tel. no (if applicable) and whether you wish to donate your piece for sale/auction to benefit Artcite programming and operations (Canadian tax receipts can be provided for donated artworks.)

Interested, but confused by this Byzantine call for entries? Contact the friendly Artcite staff @ 519-977-6564 or info@artcite.ca.

Check out some of the recent submissions Artcite Inc. has received from around the globe!

Thank you to: MART (Poland), Pedro Bericat of Mute Sound (Spain), Jarmo Sermilä (Finland), Anne Braunschweig (New Mexico), Ed Varney (British Columbia), Vittore Baroni (Italy), and many more to come!

ARTCITE INC. CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF ARTIST-RUN CULTURE!


(May 25 – Jun.23): “25 YEARS TO LIFE”: an exhibition of “Well Wishes”

Celebrating ARTCITE INC.’S 25 YEARS OF ARTIST-RUN CULTURE!

Closing Reception: (Saturday, June 23, 7:30 pm)

Mixed-media installations and participatory events to celebrate our 25th anniversary

 

All were invited to celebrate Artcite Inc.’s 25th anniversary!

Artcite Inc. received over 200 submissions from all over the world including: Finland, France, Italy, Norway,Russia, Turkey, and USA, CANADA, just to name a few. Lots ‘n lots of Mail art, Fluxus objects, multiples, videos, sound works, paintings, collages & more)!

To add to the evening, a special musical performance by Trevor Malcolm took place at 9:00 pm.

Artcite Inc.’s held it’s first Artist Trading Card (ATC) “Trading Session” (ATC packages courtesy of Artcite Inc. and Printworx).

Click here for more info on ATC.

A Stitch’n’Bitch session was also held (bring your knitting/sewing/textile/sock darnin’/etc. projects & gab with the guys ‘n gals)

Click here for more info on SnB.

Participants added to an interactive collage wall ‘o art


Allen Bukoff (Production Assistant, Fluxus Midwest) assisting a participant during Artcite’s “25 Years to Life” event

Check out documentation of Allen Bukoff (Fluxus Midwest) “Make Your Own (Wearable) Art Installation & Performance”
@ Artcite Inc. (during the opening of Artcite’s “25 Years to Life” event; Friday, May 25, 7-10 pm)!


Jodie Green (left) and Kelly Ridley (right) collaborate on a knitting project during Artcite’s “25 Years to Life” event on Fri., May 25 – Sat, May 26 (Kelly was working away at Artcite for 22 hrs+ and had many collaborators knitting away with her during that time including Jodie Green, Cassandra Getty, David Cook and many others!

Musical performances by Steph Copeland w/ Sally Zori, Yellow Wood Bros., NOT_digital, and Frankenstein Sound Lab (UK) submission.


You too can bring your spare change to Artcite Inc.!

Just some of the email ‘greetings’ Artcite Inc. has received…


JUNE


(Jun.29 – Jul.28): “ALTERED ECO” featuring the work of Edward Burtynsky,Robert Hengeveld, Troy David Ouellette and Diane White

Opening Reception: (Sat., Jun.30, 7:30 pm) with artists Troy David Ouellette and Diane White.

Mixed-media installations, photography


Troy David Ouellette “The Politics of Trade and Trash”, 2006; installation at the LeBel Gallery, University of Windsor School of Visual Arts, 2006 (detail); image courtesy of the artist

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s Artist-Run Centre for the Contemporary Arts, was pleased to present “Altered Eco”, a group exhibition featuring the work of Edward Burtynsky, Robert Hengeveld, Troy Ouellette and Diane White. This multi-faceted exhibition focused on the human impact on the environment.

Edward Burtynsky’s large-scale photograph, “Shipbreaking #27, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2001” depicts deformed rusting hulks of ships being disassembled by the Bangladeshi turning once beautiful beaches into ship graveyards. Robert Hengeveld’s “Forgery Island”, 2005 is a sculptural work consisting of sections of a tree cast in polyester resin tree with branches and sits atop a plastic lumber platform. “Forgery Island”, along with four conceptual drawings explore our relationship to the increasingly synthetic environment that surrounds us. Diane White’s large-scale acrylic paintings “Doom Sayers – Truth Sayers”, 2005, “Toxic Vessel”, 2005 and “Tundra in Turmoil”, 2005 juxtapose beautiful arctic landscapes with disruptive borders that emblazon urgent environmental messages along with stenciled cars, trucks, SUVs, smoke stacks, power lines, etc.

Troy David Ouellette’s mixed-media installation, “The Politics of Trade and Trash” consists of a map of North America created from trash Ouellette collected in 2005 along Huron Church Road combined with graphs and a digital display listing the items collected. His work investigates the multi-layered issues surrounding waste production.

“The pursuit to determine the origin of waste was made manifest through the stringing together of various locations, which became increasingly futile. Though a package may say “Made in Canada”, the paper resources may be from the U.S., the ink may be from Mexico, and the manufacturing facilities may have been in Toronto, with the package stored in a warehouse in Hamilton. What seems like Windsor garbage is a misnomer though the responsibility in terms of collection and accumulation is another question.” –excerpt from “The Politics of Trade and Trash” statement by Troy David Ouellette

“Altered Eco” was presented by Artcite Inc. in cooperation with the Citizens Environment Alliance’s sixth annual “SmogFest”. Click here for more info on “SmogFest” and the CEA.

Artcite Inc. thanks the Art Gallery of Windsor for the loan of Edward Burtynsky’s “Shipbreaking #27, Chittagong, Bangladesh (2001)”, chromogenic print (3/5), gift of the artist, 2001, from their permanent collection for inclusion in the “Altered Eco” exhibition.


AUGUST


(Aug.18, at 11:00 am – 4:00 pm): ARTIST TRADING CARD workshop & trading session at the annual
CHALK & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Presented by the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (DWBIA)

Location: on Pelissier St. (between University Ave. W. and Chatham St.) in heart of downtown Windsor, Ontario.

Special thanks to Printworx and Rogues Gallery Comics for providing materials and to Nadja Pelkey and Alana Bartol for leading this activity!


image: local artist Sara Jane French shows her recent artist trading card creation; photo courtesy of Artcite Inc.

WHAT ARE ARTIST TRADING CARDS?

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are teeny works of art (2.5″ x 3.5″) that are made specifically to trade. There are no restrictions of medium or theme and materials can range from collage, drawing, painting, glass, ceramic, metal, fabric and melted wax to computer-generated imagery and photography, etc. ATC’s may also be 2D and 3D, unique works or a series or edition—the possibilities are endless! The creation intention behind the creations and trading of ATC’s is to present a non-commercial, non-hierarchal avenue for artistic exchange—but more importantly, ATC sessions are meant to be FUN! Cards traded one to one and people of all ages and artistic abilities are encouraged to participate.

GENERAL ATC GUIDELINES:

1)Produce your own cards: any media, any theme!

2)Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches (64 x 89mm). ATCs generally should easily fit in the plastic sheets designed for hockey/baseball cards.

3)Identify your ATC w/ your signature, date, edition number (if necessary) on back of the card.

4)TRADE at Artcite Inc. Trading Sessions held on the LAST THURSDAY of every month; upcoming sessions include: Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29 and Dec 27

TRADING SESSIONS:

Artcite Inc. is holding monthly “Trading Sessions” (LAST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH) in the gallery. Whatever your age or art background, you are invited to attend the Trading Sessions (observe for the first time if you like, but we guarantee you will be making your own cards soon after!) We may hold trading sessions in alternate locations from time to time—contact us for more info or stay tuned to our website for details!

SOME HISTORY…

The original concept was developed by Swiss artist M.Vanci Stirnemann, who wanted to make a catalogue to document his activities with other artists. Because the cost of printing a catalogue in hockey-card format was prohibitive, he decided, in 1996, to produce 1,200 cards by hand. This led to the first exhibition of Artist Trading Cards in April 1997. During the show, visitors were encouraged to produce their own cards to trade with Stirnemann and others at the closing reception. From that first auspicious event, a Trading Session has taken place at INK.art&text on the last Saturday of every month. Canadian artist Don Mabie (a.k.a Chuck Stake) was in Zurich, Switzerland to experience the first Artist Trading Card Session in 1997. He brought the idea back to Canada and on September 27, 1997, the first trading session took place in Canada at Calgary’s The New Gallery. Through the magic of email, ATC groups are now routinely trading around the world! Now it’s YOUR turn…

Since the moment we saw The New Gallery’s handsome ATC card packages, we’ve been interested in the idea of Artcite Inc.-hosted ATC trading sessions…more recently, Susan Gold & A.G. Smith (local artists, activists and active Mail art artists and organizers) and Allen Bukoff (Fluxus Midwest) have assisted Artcite Inc. in distributing Artcite’s 25th Anniversary “25 Years to Life” call for submissions that reached Mail art artists across the world with much success! Artcite Inc. received two ATCs by Chuck Stake—as well as ATCs from many of his international “trading partners” that was recently on display as part of the “25 Years to Life” at Artcite Inc. from May 25 – June 23, 2007.

Special thanks to The New Gallery (Calgary, AB) and Artist Trading Cards: a collaborative cultural performance websites for information for distribution.


SEPTEMBER


(Sept.07 – Oct.06): “LAMENT” by Michael Waterman (Guelph, ON)

Reception on Friday, September 7, 7:30 pm with the artist in attendance

Solo show, sound installation


image: courtesy of the artist

“Lament” is an evocative soundscape created by a variety of simple electro-mechanical processes.

Michael Waterman has combined new components with elements from his previous sound installations to create a haunting soundscape that draws attention to human absence. Mechanically operated wind chimes, constantly shifting sine tones generated by mechanized baby monitors and a chorus of disembodied plastic recorders played by photo-sensor triggered blower motors contribute ironically to a lament for all that is lost in an era of increased dependence upon technology.Appropriating the mundane aesthetic of certified electrical components, “Lament” nevertheless strives towards the ur-sound of transcendence.

FAHRENHEIT POSTPONED

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Artcite Inc. and the Control.Burn Collective decided to postpone Fahrenheit Festival of Fire Sculpture 2007 until September or October 2008 due to a number of reasons. We look forward to holding a bigger instalment of the Fahrenheit next year and we hope you will rejoin us in celebrating the return of Canada’s only fire sculpture festival! We apologize for the late notice and any inconvenience that may have resulted.


OCTOBER


(Oct.19, at 7:00 PM): “OUT OF DARKNESS BLOSSOMING” Poems by Edward A. Watson 

Reading and book launch

Dr. Watson will read from his new poems and sign copies of the book.

“Cranberry Tree Press is pleased to announce the publication of Out of Darkness Blossoming, a new collection of poems by Edward A. Watson, Jamaican-born poet, literary critic and former professor of English at the University of Windsor. Watson created the poems in this long-awaited volume over a 25-year period, and many have been previously published in literary journals, anthologies and magazines; others make their debut in this collection.

The poems sing with a clear, original voice and swing with the rhythms of new world poets and music, especially jazz. They are complex without being obscure, tender without being sentimental and witty without being clever. Thought deeply personal, they are readily accessible to those who have experience the tensions and joys of life’s passages and are culturally aware and historically sensitive. Poetry lovers will e reminded of the imaginative powers and rhythmic cadences of Yeats and Thomas.”

—excerpt from Cranberry Tree Press release (Sept 10, 2007)

Thurs.,Oct.25, at 6:00 PM: “ARTCITE’S FALL 2007 SEMI-ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING”

@ Artcite Inc., 109 University Ave. W., Windsor, ON

Our fall semi-annual general meeting

Artcite’s Board of Directors is elected from the membership. This board relies on the Artcite membership-YOU-for input in the areas of policy-making, planning, the formation of programming and administrative committees, etc.

Elections to the Board of Directors will take place (2 – 7 positions to be filled: the Artcite Board is comprised of between 9 – 14 members), and 2007-08 committees (programming, reception, installation, OD, etc.) will be formed from the membership (no need for alarm-you won’t be shanghaied into serving on a committee unless you’re interested!).

Voting members must be in good standing to register their vote. Non-voting (and prospective) members are welcome!
Please attend this important meeting and learn more about YOUR GALLERY’S past and future. C’mon out and reminisce about our illustrious past – c’mon out and help to plot our glorious future. This is also your opportunity to have a voice in determining Artcite’s goals for the next 25 – 125 years!

Interested in learning more? www.artcite.ca

Remember: ‘You’ are the “Artist” in “Artist-run”. Artcite is your gallery. Participate. We look forward to hearing from you real soon!

…and stick around for the “Artist Trading Card” trading session at 7 pm! (more info below)


(Oct.25, at 7 – 9 pm): ARTCITE INC. hosts ARTIST TRADING CARD “TRADING SESSIONS” on the LAST THURSDAY of every month!

Location: at Artcite Inc. gallery in heart of downtown Windsor, Ontario.

Create your ATC before or make one during the trading session! Bring you own materials — some ATC card stock may be available. Pick up your ATC package at Artcite Inc. (limited quantities). Special thanks to Printworx and Rogues Gallery Comics for providing materials!


image: local artist Sara Jane French shows her recent artist trading card creation; photo courtesy of Artcite Inc.

WHAT ARE ARTIST TRADING CARDS?

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are teeny works of art (2.5″ x 3.5″) that are made specifically to trade. There are no restrictions of medium or theme and materials can range from collage, drawing, painting, glass, ceramic, metal, fabric and melted wax to computer-generated imagery and photography, etc. ATC’s may also be 2D and 3D, unique works or a series or edition—the possibilities are endless! The creation intention behind the creations and trading of ATC’s is to present a non-commercial, non-hierarchal avenue for artistic exchange—but more importantly, ATC sessions are meant to be FUN! Cards traded one to one and people of all ages and artistic abilities are encouraged to participate.

GENERAL ATC GUIDELINES:

1) Produce your own cards: any media, any theme!

2)Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches (64 x 89mm). ATCs generally should easily fit in the plastic sheets designed for hockey/ baseball cards.

3)Identify your ATC w/ your signature, date, edition number (if necessary) on back of the card.

4)TRADE at Artcite Inc. Trading Sessions held on the LAST THURSDAY of every month; upcoming sessions include:

• November 29

• December 27

TRADING SESSIONS:

Artcite Inc. is holding monthly “Trading Sessions” (LAST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH) in the gallery. Whatever your age or art background, you are invited to attend the Trading Sessions (observe for the first time if you like, but we guarantee you will be making your own cards soon after!) We may hold trading sessions in alternate locations from time to time—contact us for more info or stay tuned to our website for details!

SOME HISTORY…

The original concept was developed by Swiss artist M.Vanci Stirnemann, who wanted to make a catalogue to document his activities with other artists. Because the cost of printing a catalogue in hockey-card format was prohibitive, he decided, in 1996, to produce 1,200 cards by hand. This let to the first exhibition of Artist Trading Cards in April 1997. During the show, visitors were encouraged to produce their own cards to trade with Stirnemann and others at the closing reception. From that first auspicious event, a Trading Session has taken place at INK.art&text on the last Saturday of every month. Canadian artist Don Mabie (a.k.a. Chuck Stake) was in Zurich, Switzerland to experience the first Artist Trading Card Session in 1997. He brought the idea back to Canada and on September 27, 1997, the first trading session took place in Canada at Calgary’s The New Gallery. Through the magic of email, ATC groups are now routinely trading around the world! Now it’s YOUR turn…

Since the moment we saw The New Gallery’s handsome ATC card packages, we’ve been interested in the idea of Artcite Inc.-hosted ATC trading sessions…more recently, Susan Gold & A.G. Smith (local artists, activists and active Mail art artists and organizers) and Allen Bukoff (Fluxus Midwest) have assisted Artcite Inc. in distributing Artcite’s 25th Anniversary “25 Years to Life” call for submissions that reached Mail art artists across the world with much success! Artcite Inc. received two ATCs by Chuck Stake—as well as ATCs from many of his international “trading partners” that was recently on display as part of the “25 Years to Life” at Artcite Inc. from May 25 – June 23, 2007.

Special thanks to The New Gallery (Calgary, AB) and Artist Trading Cards: a collaborative cultural performance websites for information for distribution.

(Oct.17 – Nov.17):“THEN + THEN AGAIN—Practices within an artist-run culture 1969-2005” by Clive Robertson (Kingston, ON)

* Public lecture 1: “See Artists Run” on Sunday, November 4, 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the Art Gallery of Windsor (Betty Wilkinson room) in conjunction with Bookfest Windsor 2007.

* Public lecture 2: Monday, November 5, 10:00 am at the University of Windsor School of Visual Arts Rm. 115 (LeBel bldg.), SW corner of Huron Church & College Ave.; free admission

* Reception: Sunday, November 4, 5:00 pm at Artcite Inc. w/the artist in attendance; free admission

Archival retrospective exhibition curated by Clive Robertson


image: Clive Robertson “ART KILLS ME”,  1975 Plexiglas tank (detail); (12″ x 18″ x 2 1/2″); vinyl ink, acrylic sheet, mineral oil.
photo: Marcella Bienvenue; courtesy of Voicespondence Archives.

Then + Then Again – Practices within an artist-run culture, 1969-2006 is an archival retrospective exhibition curated by Clive Robertson. The show consists of 4 DVDs, 6 CDs and a series of photo-text cards that together document Robertson’s performance, video and audio works alongside additional curatorial and publishing collaborations he has instigated from 1970 to the present. Then + Then Again provides a unique opportunity to sample and make connections between artist collectives networking, the rights and responsibilities that have shaped an artist-run culture as well as the potential for organizational collaborations both within and outside of Canada. Highlights of this exhibition include genealogies of the Calgary-based W.O.R.K.S. collective; the cultural journalism activisms of Centerfold/Fuse magazine; early 1980s music videos; an unseen interview with Green Party advocate, artist, Joseph Beuys; publishing prototypes in audio art and video; curatorial contributions to the start up of Canadian performance and video festivals; and new re-editioned and CDs from the indie Voicespondence label including work from De Dub Poets, The Government, the Gayap Rhythm Drummers, Clive Robertson and a new 2007 release, H5N1, from Nerve Theory.

The premise of Then + Then Again as a touring exhibition is that it be accessible both within and outside of the exhibition sites. Depending upon the administrative capacity of each exhibition site – this means that visitors can borrow the displayed materials for home viewing and access audio archive files for listening.

Then + Then Again has been compiled from an archive of some 600 images, 40 hours of videotape and 60 hours of audio materials and each site receives a variation of the archival display project.

Clive Robertson is a media artist, cultural critic and publisher whose new book, Policy Matters – Administrations of Art Culture was published by YYZBooks, Toronto in 2006. He is the co-editor with Alain-Martin Richard of Performance art in/au Canada 1970-1990, Éditions Intervention, 1991. He currently teaches contemporary art history, cultural policy and performance studies at Queen’s University, Kingston. Robertson began his own interdisciplinary art and curatorial practices in Cardiff (Wales) in 1969. Emigrating to Calgary in 1971, he was a founding director of the performance-publishing collective, W.O.R.K.S.(with Paul Woodrow); Voicespondence, an audio production and publishing co-operative; the Parachute Center for Cultural Affairs (with Don Mabie and Marcella Bienvenue) and Arton’s Video Publishing. He is a founding editor and publisher of Centerfold (with Marcella Bienvenue) and FUSE magazine (with Lisa Steele and Tom Sherman). Robertson was a member of the Independent Artists Union, and a National Spokesperson for ANNPAC/RACA. His writings have appeared in Artscanada, Art and Artists, High Performance, La Mamelle, Inter, Parachute, Parallélogramme, Remote Control, C Magazine, Centerfold and Fuse.

Then + Then Again is produced in collaboration with Modern Fuel, Kingston. Gjennifer Snider is the project’s Tour Coordinator.

The exhibition tour was supported by the OAC Touring and Collaborations Program, 2006.

Special thanks to the Art Gallery of Windsor, BookFest Windsor and the University of Windsor School of Visual Arts for their generous assistance and collaboration and to the volunteers who assisted in the installation.


NOVEMBER


(Nov. 29, at 7 – 9 pm): ARTCITE INC. (w/assistance from the University of Windsor School of Visual Arts) ARTIST TRADING CARD “TRADING SESSIONS”

The Nov 29/07 ATC trading session was held at the U of Windsor Visual Arts “LeBel building”, SW corner of Huron Church Rd. & College Ave. (across from McDonalds).

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 26th Annual “Doin’ the Louvre” Christmas FUN(d)raising exhibition

EXHIBITION DATES: December 7 – 22, 2007
GALA RECEPTION on Friday, December 7, 7:30 pm

SUBMISSION DROP-OFF DATES: November 21 – Dec 4, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
*Please, because Doin’ the Louvre opens late this year, respect this FIRM deadline — thank you!

  • To expedite the entry process, please print out the Entry Form and fill out requested information.
    Please do not assign a number to your artworks; we will do this upon delivery and entry into DTL.

ELIGIBILITY:
Open to Windsor and Detroit area artists.

EXHIBITION REQUIREMENTS:
Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs (or a combination of these media), small-scale 3-D works and artist-made gift items (books, toys, cards, “art-wear”, accessories, etc.) will be exhibited. 2-D artworks do not have to be framed, but MUST be ready for hanging.

SUBMISSIONS DROP-OFF DATES:
Nov.21 ­- Dec 4, 1:00 – 6:00 pm (entry deadline is 6 pm, Tues. Dec 4, 2007)

. *Please, because Doin’ the Louvre opens late this year, respect this FIRM deadline — thank you!

A maximum of 10 works per artist will be accepted.
Total combined dimensions of each work should not exceed 36″ x 36″ (3 sq. ft.). 3-D works must fit within a 36″ cube.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SALE PRICED $99.99 OR LESS.
(Hint: “less” usually sells more art )

For this special fundraising event only, Artcite’s commission is 30% for artworks sold. All entries must be accompanied by a $15.00 handling fee (fee waived for current Artcite members) and be clearly identified with: artist’s name, address and telephone number; title, medium and sale price of work. Works accepted will be insured by Artcite during the exhibition ONLY. Due to restrictions of storage space, Artcite cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to unsold works not picked up by Friday, December 28, 2007.


DECEMBER


(Dec.01): INTERNATIONAL DAY WITHOUT ART  

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Artcite Inc participates in a day of mourning each Dec 1. This annual art vigil is honored by members of the art community and various social service agencies. Activities/strategies undertaken to acknowledge this international day of mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis have involved symbolic exhibition closings and the shrouding of public artwork, as well as the “blacking out” of websites in more recent years…

Declaration of loss…

Today we stand together.
Today we stand in silence.
Today we mourn the loss of painters, photographers, dancers, printers, actors, filmmakers, singers, choreographers, poets, sculptors, musicians, designers…all the artists who have died of AIDS.

Today we collectively grieve the loss of future work from recognized artists, as well as the absence of countless artists yet to be.

Today we declare our loss.
December 1 is a Day Without Art, an international day of observance which focuses attention on the profound impact of AIDS has had on artists and the world arts community.

Since 1990, each year an increasing number of galleries, theatres, artist groups and individuals have participated in a vast array of commemorative events.

Day Without Art celebrates the lives of colleagues and friends while mourning their loss in our creative communities.

World AIDS Day / Day Without Art
Activities/commemorations include: gallery closings; shroudings of public art; special art exhibitions; distribution of commemorative pins and handbills; candle light vigils; announcements on CJAM 91.5 fm.

Windsor’s Day Without Collective 2007:

AIDS Committee Windsor
Artcite Inc.
Arts Council – Windsor & Region
BookFest Windsor
Citizens for the Capitol Theatre
CJAM 91.5 fm
Common Ground Gallery
House of Toast Film & Video Collective
Media City International Festival of Experimental Film & Video Art
Mackenzie Hall
MJM Entertainment Productions
Odette Sculpture Park – Cultural Affairs Office
University of Windsor – Out on Campus
U of W – School of Dramatic Arts
U of W – English Language & Creative Writing
U of W – School of Visual Arts
U of W – Visual Arts Society
University Players
Walkerville Collegiate High School
Windsor’s Community Museum
Windsor Feminist Theatre
Windsor International Film Festival
Windsor Public Library
Windsor Printmakers Forum

(Dec.07 – 22): 26th Annual “DOIN’ THE LOUVRE ” Christmas FUN(d)raising exhibition
GALA RECEPTION on Friday, December 7, 7:30 pm

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This annual event is not only important to Artcite as a fundraiser but is also an opportunity for many artists (some of whom have never previously shown their work) to exhibit and sell their works (paintings, drawings, prints, photographs (or a combination of these media), small scale 3-D works and artist made gift items (books, toys, cards, ‘art wear’, accessories, etc.). It features an immense amount of artworks (!) by over many artists from the area, and-as always, many pieces are created specifically for this special exhibit by old and new Artcite members (and many non-members); as a rule, all work is priced under $99.99!

Artcite accepts payment of cash, cheque and VISA for purchase of DTL artwork.

Dec.27, 7 – 9 pm @ ARTCITE INC. ARTIST TRADING CARD “TRADING SESSION”