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Grab-a-Dad – Stage 1

The people who contributed genetic material to create us mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Maybe the person you call “Dad” contributed some chromosones to make you, maybe they didn’t, maybe you have no idea who that person is, maybe the person you think of as your “Dad” is your mom, maybe your dad was terrible, maybe your friend had the dad you wish you had, maybe your dad is dead. Family units are complex and flexible structures that guide us into adulthood one way or another. Through a strong presence or a strong absence, a father can be many different things to a child and I want to talk about those things.

With the 31st anniversary fo the death of my father fast approaching, and shortly after that my birthday which will make me as old as my father when he died, I have decided to embark on a series of projects that will explore the relationships we have with the concept of “Father Figures” and discuss the idea of an absense of something or someone being as tangible as a presence.

The first stage of this project involves YOU!

You see, I am collecting Dads! What is/was your dad like? If you would like to help me with this project, print out the Dad Template Front below and draw your dad, or what you think a dad should look like, or a dad you know. Then print out the Dad Template Back and answer some questions about the dad you drew! If you can’t print them out don’t worry! Simply draw a dad on a standard letter sized piece of paper and answer the questions on the back. I am not picky. Dads come in all shapes and sizes!

Here are the templates here (Yes, I drew them in MS Paint while at work):

 

DadTemplateFrontDadTemplateBack

 

Next, send me the pages! You can either scan them and email them to me at emily.comeau@gmail.com or send them by post to:

Au Deuxième c/o Emily Comeau

3655 bvld. St Laurent, apt 206

Montreal, Qc

H2X 2V6

What you will get in return for helping me out is a credit on the project as a creative collaborator (you don’t have to use your real name if you don’t want to) and a super special Book of the Dads which includes all the dad drawings collected for this project.

Thanks a bunch! I look forward to meeting your “dad”.

 

Instructions:

1) Draw a dad on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper (or on the prited template) and mail it to me!

2) Include your name, age and answer the following questions about the dad you drew:

 

This dad…….

Likes _________

Dislikes _________

Likes to eat ______________

Favourite colour is _________

By:_______ Age:________

 

*FYI I will be reprinting the drawings in black and white. You can use any colour you want on your drawing but keep in mind that the paler colours might not show up as well when I reprint them.

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Too Cool for School!

This weekend I will be presenting a project at an Art an Science Fair! It is going to be super exciting! Come on out and see for yourself!

too cool for school

Too Cool For School Art & Science Fair
FREE: Saturday, May 8, 12 – 4pm
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto

The Too Cool For School Art & Science Fair turns the spotlight on the unexpected feats of imagination and exploration that are happening all around us. The event is structured like a typical science fair, with projects and their creators assembled for one day to share ideas and compete for awards. The difference is that these projects are a mix of both art and science.

The Too Cool For School Judges
Crystal Mowry, artist and Curator at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Hooley McLaughlin, Director, Visitor Experience at the Ontario Science Centre
Sean Gryb, PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute (PI) for Theoretical Physics

For more information visit our website: www.artandsciencefair.ca
or contact Sally McKay: nfo@artandsciencefair.ca

Directions and parking information are provided on the Harbourfront Centre website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Too Cool For School is part of a full day of events planned by Harbourfront Centre to celebrate Science Rendezvous, with additional participation from the Ontario Science Centre, IBM, Ontario College of Art and Design and Subtle Technologies. Everyone is welcome, there will be lots to see and do!

Too Cool For School is part of Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme.
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Recap and Preview

Been keeping busy since that last post in February. Very busy.

Here are some of the things that I have been up to…..
Well, March madness struck and I collaborated with some musicians on their Sensory Overload show.
Show poster
For this show me and some friends produced 7 sculptures of Rubiks cubes wrapped around sheep. The sheep ranged from 7 inches to 7 feet and fun was had by all involved in this project.
Hanging sheep

Sweet Mother Logic is very interesting band with a solid and professional sound. Every show they put on is much more than a concert, it is a full on theatrical maneuver! This event was incredible and diverse and jam packed with talented artists coming together for fun and drinks. I am privileged to have been a part if it.

April is Fibre Arts month!
I have been making sure to do my part to contribute. Initiatives, collaborations, publications and charitable donations are some of the ways that I am commemorating Fibre Arts Month!
Sent away two fine art postcards as an experiment to see how they would survive the mail and they made it to their destination! Sadly, I forgot to photograph them before they made the journey.
If you are in the NY area you should pop by The Brooklyn Art Library and see if you can spot me.
It is a great place to be.

Then it was the 20 x 20 show at CTCM.
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This month I donated a few things to be sold to benefit the Centre Textiles Contemporain de Montreal at their 20th Anniversary party and fundraiser, 20 x 20. It was a huge success and tons of fun. $8 000 have been raised so far! The exhibition will be up until April 30th.

Coming soon:
Mail Me Something Book (June)
The postcards sent out to the Mail Me Something postcard show at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York are not only on display they are also in a book!
To pre-order your copy click the link
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High Chroma Picnic (dates TBA)
The sheep and I will be going for a walk in the park. Fun and photos, live music and food. Something you have to see to believe.

Too Cool For Art School! Art and Science Fair (May 8th)
Taking Family Portrait on the road! On May 8th I will be in Toronto presenting my work in cyanotype at the Harbourfront Center.
For more information on this event click HERE.

Erronious Zones (dates TBA)
This exhibit will be an interdisciplinary presentation of work that addresses the many ways in which the body is ‘mistaken’. When and where this happens you will find Simulacra, my hand/gloves.

….. and be sure that I have at least a 1/2 dozen other plates in the air. The updates to come promise action, adventure, drama, romance and loads of art.

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OCAD Mystery Art Sale Whodunit?

Calling all Torontonains! Do you know Whodunit? On November 21 you can find out!

OCAD

“The Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale is OCAD’s signature fundraising event. It’s an exhibition and sale of hundreds of pieces of original art donated by artists who are famous and not-yet-famous, including well-known and celebrity artists, OCAD faculty, alumni and students.”

Two new works of mine have been selected and framed and are for sale in the exclusive Mystery Art Silent Auction at the Gala Preview evening.

You can preview the pieces here but my lips are sealed as to which ones are mine.

For more information about the event and the public art sale click here.

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Up and Coming!

Cyanotype

Read all about it! Two new works will soon be up for grabs at OCAD’s annual fundraiser “Whodunit? Mystery art sale”.

All works are approximately 5″ x7″ and will be sold at $75 to benefit the university. Previews of the work will be up on their website starting on November 18th.

Whodunit?!

Small in scale but big in impact!

*The piece pictured above is not one of the ones I donated to the sale. The two items available are both cyanotypes on watercolor paper like this one but quite different. You will see soon enough……

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