Friday, April 8, 2011

Gallery Night: M∆PS and the Secret Shame

Last Friday was gallery night!

The crowd at Tessar Lo's MAPS
I was planning on writing about this earlier in the week, but my net's been dead for days. It's one of the many unfortunate aspects about living in the country; if your wireless dies, then you're screwed. -___-

I haven't been to a lot of gallery shows. I'm trying to get into the habit of making it a regular event, but it's been difficult. Gallery shows are great for networking and seeing what's new in the world of art and design, but beyond that I'm kind of lost. What should I be doing at these events? Should I be making witty comments about the symbolism within a particular piece of art? Should I be discussing the politics of ethical design, or complimenting the artist or designer on their tasteful use of composition? Should I be super confident about what I'm critiquing, even though I'm not? Or should I just embrace the whole quasi-hipster vibe and call it ironic? I don't know. Either way, I feel like a fish out of water most of the time.

Left to right, Jocelyn Cheung and Ness Lee
That aside, there are some things about gallery shows that I really do enjoy. I love seeing new art and illustrations, and I always enjoy hanging out with the OCAD crew; they make events like these really worthwhile, and I don't feel so out of place when they're around. (Much love, everyone!) Also, gallery night was the unofficial birthday party for my good friend Ness Lee, so a big shout out to her! (Check out her illustrations: she draws the most adorable sumo wrestlers and noodle-grannies ever.)

The first show we went to was Tessar Lo's M∆PS, down at the Show and Tell Gallery on Dundas West. I really enjoyed it, and the crowd there was great! Really laid back, very friendly. I'm ashamed to admit that I wasn't familiar with Tessar's work, but several of my friends are, so I decided to tag along after class and check it out. Took some pictures, too!


Tessar had this installation piece set up in the corner of the gallery that I absolutely loved. Honestly, I couldn't stop taking pictures of it. It had an elephant made out of jeans! So cute. 

Over his installation piece (or part of his installation piece, whichever suits you best) Tessar had rows of illustrations strung up at varying heights and distances from the wall. It created these really cool shadows, which I'm pretty sure were part of the design. See if you can spot the elephant. Actually, now that I think about it, there were elephants everywhere.

I took a couple pictures of Tessar's paintings as well - just close ups, mind you, but I find the details in his artwork really attractive. So many  colors!


In the back room of Tessar's show there was the work of another artist, Andrew Hem's Building From the Ground Up. I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of his work, so take a look at the link! His stuff is really good.

The second show we went to was just down the street from the first, Secret Shame at the LE Gallery on Dundas West. One of my profs - Chris Kuzma - had his work on display, so we decided to check it out. I only got to stay a few minutes because I had to catch the last bus home, and I didn't get to take any pictures, but the show looked pretty cool! Lots of 3D models and wacky illustrations. I think the event is still running, but I'm not sure.

And to end this post, one more photo from Tessar's show:

I told you. Elephants everywhere.


  1. thanks for the shoutout baby <3
    you have inspired me to make more noodle grannies !

  2. Ahh I know how you feel! I didn't end up talking to a lot of people :( and all I did was take pics xD