Ideas & Art from Rob Elliott and Christine Cosby

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The Head Table, documented


After some improvisation by the actors, The Artist dumped The Socialite for a more lucrative romance with The Philanthropist.

For last November’s STRUTT, Christine and I went for broke. We designed and built a six-piece project called The Head Table. Caricatures of the bigwigs who buy a table for the Niagara Artists Centre’s annual wearable art show mingled with the audience before the show and during the intermission. The heads were brought to life by funny and talented actors, who played with oversized phones and acted-up in the best possible ways.

The Head Table returned to the stage for STRUTT”s final number, which featured Acadian hip-hop artists Radio Radio performing their hit Ej Feel Zoo, accompanied by a children’s dance troupe and trapeze artists. The children and The Head Table danced in unison, imitating the moves seen in Radio Radio’s video for the song.


I made the styrofoam heads over eight weeks, in the process filling the backyard and studio with a Christmas display worth of foam bits. Christine sewed the “dickies” that worked as a transition from the heads to the vintage clothing, picked out by STRUTT producer Annie Wilson.


One of the excellent things about STRUTT is how well documented it is. Photographer Brian Yungblutt shoots every performer before they go out on stage (see all the photos HERE), providing an essential record of a night that whips by way too fast. Below, I’ve included Brian’s photos of The Head Table along with my own close-ups, actors’ notes, and production drawings.



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Five reasons to check out the Junction Brewery Craft Sale

Recycler, acrylic on canvas, 5"x7" $200

Recycler, acrylic on canvas, 5″x7″ $200

5 reasons you should check out the Junction Craft Brewery Christmas Craft Sale this Sunday:

1. I’ve done more than a dozen new small paintings. Subjects include debauched animals, still-lifes of mid-century technology, penguin vs. puffin soccer riots, and even some lovely little pop scenes.
2. I built a new booth, it’s pretty nice, in a Charlie Brown lemonade stand sort of way.
3.  It’s at the Junction Craft Brewery, one of Toronto’s best brewers. Drinking beer will help you decide which paintings you need to own.
4. Rumour has it Junction Road is open again! So you can get to the brewery from Davenport Road as well as Keele.
5. There’s a half-dozen great craftspeople selling their work as well.

Junction Craft Brewery Christmas Craft Sale
101-90 Cawthra Ave, Toronto (enter off of Keele between Dundas St. W and St. Clair W.)
One day only: Sunday, December 14, Noon to 5 p.m.

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Group show at Flying Pony


I’m showing with a bunch of great artists, including “Redirected Thrift Store Paintings” internet sensation David Irvine and street art legend Runt, at Flying Pony this month. I am showing a collection of small paintings and two of my large Monkey Modern pieces.

There’s a reception this Sunday, December 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. Drop by and say hello, have a drink, and check out the art.

Flying Pony
1481 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Open during cafe hours to December 31

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