Opening Reception: Sunday June 23rd, 2013 7pm
Refreshments will be served
Featuring a selection of felt banners created by Joel Gibb, Berlin-based Canadian artist and singer-songwriter of the Hidden Cameras, this exhibition explores connections between his art and his music, Bright colours are collaged amongst an array of symbols to create a fascinating collection of works representing ‘A coat of arms for the modern artist-singer-songwriter’ -Time Out New York.
On April 14, 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Artel invites all artists, arts organizations, art enthusiasts, intellectuals, dilettantes and all other living or dead Kingstonians for a night of important discussion about creativity in our city.
Our guest speaker, Maiko Tanaka, will be delivering the evening’s keynote address, entitled “Re-scripting Relations in the Domestic Commons.” Maiko will be drawing on experiences from her past creative and curatorial projects to help us think about some of the creative opportunities and challenges that exist in our community.
In addition, Artel members will present on short topics of their own about the broader context at work: stratified categories of producer/consumer, artist/audience, professional/amateur that present real problems and challenges to creativity and “community” (whatever that is).
Maiko Tanaka collaborates on curatorial projects at the intersections of art, pedagogy and cultural politics. Since 2010 she has been co-curating the ongoing residency and research project The Grand Domestic Revolution with Casco from which she produced a number of community- specific collaborations; namely, a public campaign by artists, theorists and activists supporting the domestic labour union in Holland, and a sitcom on the squatting movement which was broadcast on local Dutch television. During her residency at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery she organized Extra-curricular, an international conference presenting lectures, performances and architectures that mobilize alternative pedagogical art practices; as well as Empty Orchestra, an exhibition of immersive video installations exploring karaoke as cultural interface between technology and sociality in a global context. Currently Maiko is a candidate of the MVS curatorial program at the University of Toronto, writes a column for Fuse magazine and serves on the Programming Committee and Board of Gendai.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
*H. de Heutz
Olivier plays drums, samples, and sings. Nathan plays bass, samples, and sings. Through an economy of means they attempt to create a stark, urgent music borne of the political reality of their place, perspective, and time.
A fiercely contemporary cellist, Mark will be playing a series of pieces for amplified solo cello + electronics.
For this show, Old Haunt (Matt Rogalsky + Lucas Huang) will be performing a DSP abstraction of “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground” originally performed by Blind Willie Johnson.
This will be a night of nights, a night of very exceptional sounds.
Doors are at 8:30.
Music at 9:00.
Admissions is $6/PWYC.
At the Artel, 205 Sydenham Street.
March 1st, 2013
John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida and a touring percussionist for The Boredoms. Man Forever, his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum performance, was created to overwhelm, to investigate the nuances that bloom in the midst of repetitive music, and to act as a pure sound experience.
Originally based on the idea of creating a sort of punk-infused Metal Machine Music for drums, Man Forever has evolved from a five or six full drum set ensemble to something a lot more stripped down. Based on two drummers playing single stroke rolls on a single drum and the patterns that emerge from that, Man Forever’s most recent release (2012’s Pansophical Cataract) is propulsive without a pulse. Patterns evolve and burst through the static surface of the material, much of which was produced by electric instruments, though “Ur Eternity” remains mostly drums with only a few bass tracks making an appearance. The sounds created by these instruments were based on the drones that Colpitts hears when he is practicing (the not fully conscious singing or humming that arises when one practices alone), and then augmented and enhanced by the other musicians on the record. The repetitive rolls create a phasing effect, a music in and of itself, and the dynamic
shifts that occur when the other instruments enter become not mere notes, but grand events.
With support by a pair of duos:
Lathe (Kingston doom jazz)
Hollow Hills (Toronto weirdo lounge)
Hollow Hills: 9:00
Man Forever: 10:20
All welcome // no one turned away // no guest list
Feb 27th, 2013
Kingston was one of only three Canadian stops on Naomi Punk’s tour last fall, and that includes a show in Toronto where the plug got pulled three songs in. They had a real nice time here, so they’re coming back. Since their Artel show last August they’ve sold out of their most excellent LP “The Feeling” and had it reissued by Captured Tracks (Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, DIIV, etc.). So if you got one at that first show, it’s special now. If you didn’t, you’ve got a second chance.
In keeping with this show’s theme of “special,” very special band Hand will play some of their very special aggro-jams. But also, oh jeez this is special, this show will feature the debut of brand new Kingston band Doug.
Do not miss this special evening in Kingston.
All welcome // no one turned away // no guest list