1. This post was inspired by two other tooth-related posts.
2. These cases were found under a shelf after a coffee mishap.
3. I do not have any baby teeth left.
4. Some people are known to have a third set of teeth.
1. Schmoozy 2. Dependable
3. Absentminded 4. High-strung
1. I have had a very strange day.
2. Technology is not cooperating with me right now.
3. It is cold and snowy out here.
4. I will try again tomorrow.
Four drawings of me by Winnipeg artists. I’ll bet these artists have forgotten all about these portraits. If they haven’t, I doubt they would even believe these drawings still exist! One was drawn at a book launch, two were done in now-defunct Winnipeg bars, and one was a surprise gift.
TOP LEFT by MARCEL DZAMA (1999)
Marcel Dzama is probably Winnipeg’s most famous artistic export. In 1999 he launched a collection of his work, the facetiously-titled More Famous Drawings, at Winnipeg’s homegrown bookshop McNally Robinson Booksellers. I was on hand, and had my book signed (and drawn in) by Dzama. He drew me on one of the endpapers! I’ve always thought this was pretty cool.
TOP RIGHT by GREG OAKES (2000)
Greg is one of the nicest and most talented artists in Winnipeg – or any city. In fact, there are a number of extremely talented artists in Winnipeg who I’d also say are some of the city’s kindest and most friendly. This portrait was drawn in the basement of the Toad in the Hole Pub – a favourite haunt of Winnipeg’s creative subculture – until the bar was flooded, remodeled and renamed approximately 10 years ago. Now, possibly because I’m older or no longer cool (if I ever was), I don’t know where the 2011 societal equivalent hangs out.
BOTTOM LEFT by SHAUN MORIN AKA SLOMOTION (2002)
Another talented and friendly fellow, Shaun Morin was enrolled in the University of Manitoba School of Art at the same time as me; our time as students overlapped. This portrait was drawn in Wiseguys on Campus, the University of Manitoba’s then-campus pub. There are two other portraits I could add to this series (by Cyrus Smith and Ian August) which were done at the same time, but for the sake of this blog I’ll allow Shaun to represent them. I remember collaborating with Shaun on a group project in a special topics class about humourous art. Shaun and I (and fellow student Ben Bonner) created an off-the-charts horrific video that tested the limits of our classmates’ tolerance of sex and violence. Many left the room. Our project earned us each an A+. (If any of us decide to run for political office, this video is blackmail fodder if ever I’ve seen it.)
BOTTOM RIGHT by KEVIN MATTHEWS (2001/02)
Kevin Matthews left this impromptu sketch on my desk sometime in 2001 or 2002 as a surprise. Lucky me! Kevin’s talents as an illustrator, writer, designer and spoken word artist boggle the mind; how is he so good at so many things? Many who know him will agree – he’s one of the sweetest and wisest gents anyone could ever know.
There are many other artists whose work I’d be proud to spotlight in this post. Unlike the above mentioned artists, however, they had the sense to not provide me with a portrait of myself.
See you tomorrow!
I make many things out of paper, but one of my current obsessions is paper shoes.
I found the red block in the street. The colour die is probably related to some game. I just liked it and got it in a toy store. The «Now» die is part of a sentence scrabble game from the 70s I found at the thrift store and so is the wood block with the unidentified structure (seriously, can someone tell me what the hell that thing is?). I love wood and I often work using random choices and chance in my creative projects.
they tore down the house next to our place last summer so i went to scavenge the remains of the open walls and floors. i found this beautiful piece of old floor and this disturbingly old remnant of a 1930′s newspaper.
last week, i found this decorative box i had forgotten about. it’s a printed metal box to commemorate the silver jubilee (1910-1935) and inside, safely kept with some other treasures and jewelry, i discovered my mom’s baby identification bracelet from 1955.