Bazaar Bizarre this weekend

Heads for the installation ready for mounting.

Heads for the Bazaar Bizarre installation ready for mounting.

Andrew Horne puts it concisely to every curious person who walks by the Bazaar Bizarre Collective’s workshop on Rhodes Avenue.

“We’re making art. We’re blocking off the street. You have to come back on Saturday.”

Wooden struts for the installation

Dozens of wooden struts make up the backbone of the installation.

All of that is true. Andrew and I have been spending the week assembling a colourful, anarchic, 20 foot high thing. The timber-and-board construction is equal parts cartoon and carnival. Festooned with lights and flags made from sari fabric, the installation will make a lively addition to this year’s Festival of South Asia. The tower-like construction will be located on Rhodes Avenue at Gerrard Street, and will be installed with the help of volunteers by 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christine sewing banners made from donated sari fabric.

Christine sewing banners made from donated sari fabric.

Bazaar Bizarre Collective working on the art.

Members of Bazaar Bizarre Collective working on the art.

In addition to the installation, Andrew will be showing Bollywood film highlights projected on the wall across from his gallery and coffee shop, Flying Pony, on Saturday evening.

The Festival of South Asia runs on August 23 and 24 from noon to 11 p.m. along Toronto’s Gerrard Street Bazaar (directions).

St. Catherines artist Melanie MacDonald will also be opening her exhibition at Flying Pony on Saturday night, featuring highlights from her recent solo show at the St. Thomas-Elgin Art Centre. These scrapbook-based paintings should be seen in real life to be appreciated. If Pigs Could Float runs from August 23 to September 27 at Flying Pony.

Freeze Frame, Melanie MacDonald, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 60x36”

Freeze Frame, Melanie MacDonald, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 60×36”

Some Canadian Animals

I’m working on a street installation project with Flying Pony’s Andrew Horne. The finished design will be over 15 feet high and feature cut-out cartoon heads by Horne and myself. We’re unveiling the project, Bazaar Bizarre, at the Festival of South Asia along Gerrard Street in Toronto on August 23 and 24.

I drew nearly two dozen heads for us to choose from, including this suite of Canadian mammals that didn’t make the cut (we went with mostly imaginary beasts).

Anyone want to commission me to paint their children’s room or design their tattoos? I think this artwork has (ahem) legs.

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Birthday drawing

Here’s a self-portrait I did for my 48th birthday party invite. I based the drawing on a photo on me emerging from a quick dunk in 14°C Lake Huron.

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