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Rob with all six completed heads (l to r: The Socialite, The Professor, The Artist, The Columnist, The Philantropist, and The Politician
Rob with all six completed heads (l to r: The Socialite, The Professor, The Artist, The Columnist, The Philantropist, and The Politician (click image to view large)

Christine and I finished up the giant heads and accompanying costumes and accessories last week. We opened Swizzle Studio’s front door to show the finished foam sculptures to our friends and neighbours.

The Head Table will come to life on Saturday, November 22, at STRUTT, the jaw-dropping wearable art show in St. Catherines, Ontario.

For information and tickets: http://struttwearableartshow.ca/

My excellent contractors Simon and Donay try out the oversized smart phones and camera.
My excellent contractors Simon and Donay try out the oversized smart phones and camera.
My 6'5" friend Ryan provides a useful gauge to measure the "The Artist" by.
My 6’5″ friend Ryan provides a useful gauge to measure the “The Artist” by.
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Preview The Head Table at a special open studio

The Head Table in progress.
The Head Table in progress (photo: Lucie Robert)

We’ve spent the last eight weeks designing and building a sculpture project called The Head Table. It will be unveiled on the runway of STRUTT, the annual wearable art show extravaganza in St. Catharines, Ontario in two weeks.

I can’t recommend STRUTT enough. I’d put it up against anything you’ve seen at heavy-hitting cultural events such as Luminato, Nuit Blanche or even Burning Man. The factory setting, the actors who bring the wearable art to life, and the incredible music (this year, live Acadian hip-hop from Radio Radio!) all make it an amazing evening. But I know not everyone can make the show, and I’d like you to see what we’ve been knocking ourselves out working on.

We’re opening the front room of the studio this Friday to show off the work before we wrap it and load it in a cargo van. Drop by after school (kids are welcome) or after work and check it out.

As a bonus, Christine’s hilarious and/or disturbing textile project 28 Clowns Later will be on display too.

Three panels from Christine Cosby's 28 Clowns Later.
Three panels from Christine Cosby’s 28 Clowns Later.

Open Studio & preview of The Head Table
Friday, October 7, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Swizzle Studio
1944 Davenport Road (red and white building)
Toronto, ON, M6N 1C2

STRUTT information and tickets: struttwearableartshow.ca/

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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”