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The Vancouver Art Book Fair - VA/BF

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Anteism will be at the second annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair, a two-day festival that features nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers of art books, magazines, zines, printed ephemera and digital or other experimental forms of publication, as well as on-site programs, performances and installations. 

Free and open to the public, VA/BF is the only international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West Coast. 

Launching with a Reception at Project Space at 8pm on Friday, October 4, 2013, VA/BF will take place from 12pm to 5pm on October 5 and 6 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

We are so happy to see this event happening in Vancouver. It filled a huge void on the West Coast. Come witness the early stages of an already blossoming world class art book fair. The first 250 people each day get a free tote bag! Come early. 


The Many Faces of Koyama Press


I was first introduced to Koyama Press through the comic book Lose #1 by Michael Deforge at the TCAF Festival in (2009? if memory serves...). It stood out from all the other professionally published comics I had seen, and opened up my eyes to a whole new world of indie comics - which I thought I knew . It was the art I loved, put into the format of a comic. Over the years I would find myself picking up art books and comics that drew my attention and noticed that they had been published by, or thanks to, Koyama Press. I felt similarities in Anteism's publishing platform to produce the work of emerging artists . After talking to many people who had worked with Annie Koyama and reading the thank-you's from the artists in the books I realized the work she was producing was much more than the sum of its parts. 

Lose #1 by Michael Deforge

Lose #1 by Michael Deforge

Skip ahead a few years. Out of frustration for lack of venues to show art/books and simultaneously layed off of work and evicted from my home/studio, I decided to make the leap and follow through with an idea that I had for well over a decade. An idea introduced to me by a good friend Luke Ramsey who had submitted his zine to a mobile book library all those years ago.

It just so happened that I had six months of Employment Insurance and the good fortune of making an arrangement with a friend to donate a cube van. Over the course of this time the OuterSpace Mobile Gallery took shape, all the while ideas for shows and publications took form. 

One idea that felt important was to provide a venue (gallery format) to publishers. To exhibit a publishers books all together as a whole and to allow the viewers to experience the timeline and vision of a publishers endeavours. It allows the viewer to get an aesthetic understanding of the publishers tastes and would help to showcase links to artists often working in loose collectives. From zines to coffee table books, comics to photography this could be a focused art book fair, one publisher at a time.

It seemed fitting to send the initial exhibition invitation to Annie Koyama. It has been a great pleasure to put this show together, to witness the amazing work she has produced over the years for a new generation of emerging artists. As the rain and wind pummels Victoria I look forward to rolling open the truck door and sharing this work with the people out braving the elements over this weekend. 

The Many Faces of Koyama @ OuterSpace Gallery- September 2013

The Many Faces of Koyama @ OuterSpace Gallery- September 2013

Black is Beautiful - 231 Markers by Allister Lee

Allister Lee illustrating his massive collection of black markers.

Allister Lee illustrating his massive collection of black markers.

Allister Lee is a commercial designer and artist who specializes in the creation of graphic collateral for premier apparel brands and retail operations. 

His exhaustive series Black Is Beautiful is a visual database of black markers that he has acquired over the past decade. Featuring clean photography and simple descriptive text, the database will is updated with 9 new MARKERS each week. At the time of writing there are a total 231 markers shown in the collection.

We are excited to be showing a series of Lee's screenprints provided by Koyama Press. View Allister Lee's artwork as well as five other artists and a near complete catalog of Koyama Press' publications at The Many Face of Koyama 

Allister Lee's Black Is Beautiful collection of black markers.

Allister Lee's Black Is Beautiful collection of black markers.

Tin Can Forest - Folklore from the Dark Forest

Tin Can Forest - Art Print

Tin Can Forest - Art Print

Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek are Canadian artists based in Toronto, Ontario, who work collaboratively under the name Tin Can Forest. Together they produce art, film and books. They find inspiration in the the forests of Canada and Slavic art and folklore.

At present, Tin Can Forest  can be found on a forested mountaintop on Salt Spring Island BC, carefully dodging the bears and cougars as they find inspiration amongst the giant cedars.

OuterSpace will be exhibiting some beautiful prints and books by Tin Can Forest during "The Many Faces of Koyama" exhibition.

In the mean time read the Tin Can Forest Cinematic Comic Cabbage in a Nutshell online.


Tin Can Forests book Baba Yaga and The Wolf

Tin Can Forests book Baba Yaga and The Wolf

The Many Face of Koyama Press


OuterSpace Gallery is pleased to host "The Many Faces of Koyama Press" the first in an ongoing series of publisher spotlight exhibitions at Outerspace Gallery. We wish to provide arts publishers a platform to show their various publications side by side, to truly allow the viewer an understanding of the publishers vision. 

We will be exhibiting the near complete catalog of publications produced by the crucial Canadian comics and art publisher Koyama Press. 

We will also be exhibiting the artwork of six artists who have been published by Koyama Press - Patrick Kyle, Jesse Jacobs, Luke Ramsey, Tin Can Forest, Alex Schubert and Allister Lee .

This exhibition is for everyone who enjoys art, comics/graphic novels and books in general. 

The exhibition will take place during Culture Days at Centennial Square in Victoria, BC.
September 27th-29th, 2013

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Portrait of a Generation

An artist yearbook for New York City in 2012

This book was from the exhibition “Portrait of a Generation” (June 7 - August 10, 2012) where over 100 artists who make up the art scene made portraits of each other to give image to a community of people. The works were hung salon style on our gallery walls, and include painted, drawn and photographic portraits. Available at The Hole



Photo Gallery of the Portrait of a Generation

Portrait of a Generation- Artist List: Aaron Rose, Adam Tullie, Adam Schleimer, Alex Prager, Alexey Sizov, Alison Blickle, Allison Schulnik, Anders Oinonen, Andrea Sonnenberg, Andre Saravia, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Andrew Kuo, Angeline Rivas, Ari Marcoplolous, Ashley Macomber, Aurel Schmidt, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Barry McGee, Bec Stupac, Ben Brock, Ben Jones, Bijoux Altimirano, Bill Powers, Billy Grant, Body By Body, Brengar, Brian Belott, Brian Degraw, Brian Kenney, Brain McPeck, Bruce High Quality, Bruce Labruce, Cass Bird, Caroline Snow, Casey Spooner, Chelsea Seltzer, Cheryl Dunn, Chris Johanson, Christian Rosa, Clare Rojas, Clayton Patterson, Cody Critcheloe, Colette Robbins, Cynthia Rowley, Dash Snow, Donald Baechler, Donald Cummings, Dustin Yellin, Eddie Martinez, Enno Tianen, Eric Cahan, Erik Foss, Eric Yahnker, Evan Gruzis, Fab Five Freddy, Francesca Gavin, Glenn O’Brien, Gordon Hull, Grant Worth, Hisham Bharoocha, Holton Rower, IO Tillet Wright, Isaac Lin, Jack Donoghue, Jack Pierson, Jaimie Warren, Jane Moseley, JD Samson, Jeanette Hayes, Jeff Ladouceur, Jeff Vespa, Jeremy Kost, Jesse Edwards, Jesse Geller, Jiannis Varelas, Jim Drain, JIM JOE, Jo Jackson, Joe Bradley, Joe Grillo, Joe Rushe, Joey Frank, John Holland, Jonah Freedman, Jorge Ulrich, Josh Lazcano, Justin Lowe, Kadar Brock, Karley Sciortino, Kathy Grayson, KATSU, Keegan McHargue, Kembra Pfahler, Kenny Scharf, Kevin Baker, Kris Kahler, Kristy Leibowitz, Kunle Martins, Lance De Los Reyes, Lele Savieri, Leo Fitzpatrick, Levi Tate, Libby Black, Lizzi Bougatsos, Lola Schnabel, Malcolm Stuart, Marc Bell, Maria Robledo, Maripol, Mark Cross, Matt Jones, Matt Leines, Matt Stone, Matthew Craven, Matthew Stone, Max Snow, McDermott & McGough, Micah Ganske, Mike Namer, Miz Metro, N Dash, Naomi Fisher, Olivier Zahm, Parker Ito, Peter Sutherland, Rachel Chandler, Raymond Pettibon,Renee Ricard, Robert Lazzarini, Ry Fyan, Ryan McGinley, Sam Moyer, Sandy Kim, Scott Ewalt, Scott Hug, Scott Reeder, Seana Gavin, Sharon Needles, Shoplifter, Slater Bradley, Slava Mogutin, Spencer Sweeney, Stefan Bondell, Steve Powers, Sue Webster, Susy Oliveira, Taylor McKimens, Terence Koh, Theo Rosenblum, ThreeAsFour, Tim Biskup, Tim Hull, Tim Noble, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Todd James, Vanessa Prager, Wes Lang, Yamataka Eye, Yoko Ono

Giverny - Kembra Pfhaler & EV Day Art Book

Giverny is an exhibition catalog for Kembra Pfhaler and E.V. Day's exhibition at the Hole, NYC.

This limited edition catalog showcases the duo's photo series created in the famous Giverny Gardens in northern France (best known as the location of Claude Monet's garden and home). The exhibition catalog also provides installation photos of the elaborate recreation of the Giverny gardens in the Hole gallery.

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Giverny Book Cover

The Wall of Vagina by Kembra Pfhaler & Bruce la Bruce

The Wall of Vagina by KEmbra Pfhaler and Bruce la Bruce A Extremely Limited ( Edition of 8 ) Artist Book Documenting Kembra Pfhaler's Notorious Performance "The Vagina Wall" photographed by Bruce la bruce with critical text by Michael Vannoy Adams.

"I first saw the pancake stack up of girls in a cheezey magazine I bought at 7/11, while on tour across the U.S. with my band “The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black”. It was a picture that I always remembered. I duplicated it live at the Disinformation Conference in New York in 2002. Samoa filmed us that night with his new camera. He was excited about this new performance too. We were in our traditional band outfits... I gave Alice a turkey baster filled with plain yogurt that she ‘splooged’ onto me as I was on the top.

A couple of years later, at a show in Los Angeles that was organized by Ron Athey and Vaginal Creme Davis... I did the W.O.V. live again and we decided to do a photo shoot in the garden of the hotel we were staying at. The Highland Gardens. These are the photos by Bruce La Bruce, Legendary filmaker....

Bruce La Bruce’s direction was perfect. He made us feel beautiful and important. It was a little precarious because we just sort of free~balled the situation and pretended like everything was normal when we were shooting. He motivated us to focus on our intentions. Bruce is a very important ‘pre~code’ filmaker. Because of him... punk rock boys everywhere blossomed into glamourous porn stars and artists." - Kembra Pfhaler - NYC, 2009

"Kembra Pfahler (Born August 4, 1961) is an American performance artist, rock musician and actress. As a performance artist she has been recognized on every "Top 10 List" published during the past quarter century. Her graphic depictions of the horror, repetition, degradation, and sheer misery of the human condition have been recognized as insightfully accurate in art curricula globally. Her humanistically centered positions on Feminism and  Post Beat Ban The Bomb Politics has moved a generation." - Wikipedia

"LaBruce was born Bryan Bruce in Tiverton, Ontario, and wrote for Cineaction magazine, curated by Robin Wood, his teacher. He first gained public attention with the publication of the queer punk zine J.D.s, which he co-edited with G.B. Jones. He currently writes and photographs for a variety of publications including Vice, and BlackBook magazine, and has made a number of films which merged the artistic techniques of independent film with gay pornography."

Available through Anteism Book Shop

The Wall of Vagina - Kembra Pfhaler & Bruce la bruce - book cover

Evan Gruzis Existential Crisis Book Launch

Evan Gruzis - Exotic Beta - Artshow the Hole New York

We're pleased to be launching a new artist book for Evan Gruzis at his upcoming exhibition at the Hole. The book "Existential Crisis" will juxtapoz Evan's childhood drawings with his contemporary paintings.

The book will be available later this month through the Hole & Anteism Shop.

The Hole is pleased to announce Exotic Beta, the second New York City solo exhibition by Evan Gruzis. The exhibition features ink paintings, sculpture, video and installation, including a collaborative installation with renowned designer Rafael de Cardenas. Exotic Beta is presented in collaboration with True Religion Jeans.

Exotic Beta fuses a sense of the exotic with the language of market research to explore the way meaning is made and the relativity of “taste”: Exotic like a tattoo of a Japanese character the bearer of which doesn’t know the meaning, Beta like a corporation’s second re-launching of a product after market research and focus groups have masticated all the language to the point of flavorlessness. Exotic Beta also refers to an alternative form of asset class in investment markets—like an art collector who starts buying baseball cards—adding extra relevance to the title.

Evan’s main goal is creating the potential for meaning amidst the post-apocalyptic landscape of empty signs. By using imagery that was once evocative and now is just a husk of a cultural signifier, Evan can foreground his real interest, which is the simple act of looking. His technique certainly suggests this as well. With methodical and painstaking execution, Gruzis uses a magician’s bag of tricks to keep the ink and paper looking like anything but; the gestalt is a now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t pictoral modification meant to present the images both as authentic representations of the object and as hand-painted images that float between photography, airbrush and digital technology.

The centerpiece of this exhibition is the large triptych in the back of the main gallery, titled Stratatos. Featuring the silhouetted form of a skull, a Fender Stratocaster guitar and a metronome, this contemporary Vanitas presents our forever-teenaged culture’s “rebelliousness” in contemplation of it’s own ticking clock.

The “castle gallery” features light-up works and video: Dancing into Forever is the central video work projected on the back wall of the gallery. A droning un-programmed digital clock flashes 88:88 and other messages while a silhouetted figure slowly gyrates in front of a water-drenched plane. This next-generation video work uses generative software to randomize intersecting clips of video so it is an ever-changing intersection of visual information, never presenting the exact same image twice, like a live video mix. A trio of other luminescent pieces, including the light-box work Connoisseurship, which juxtaposes the stereophile and the armchair pharmacologist, round out the dark side of the exhibition.

Back in the main gallery, Self-portrait as Self-portrait’s explosion of paint drips, balloons, cocktail paraphernalia, confetti and plastic fruit are arranged into an image of the artist. The result is a drawing-photo-painting hybrid, a mise en abyme that references Gruzis’s own body of work and creates a territory for image and object to meet. In Geishas of Key West, 2009, a folding fan, ribbons, flowers and an illustration from Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions float atop an illusionistic ink painting of tile to form a concept of beauty straight out of a 1980s hair salon. Aesthetically these canvases call into question issues of taste and process and are absurd pseudo-paintings attempting to divorce the image from a single medium.

Another featured installation in Exotic Beta offers Evan’s “acid sketches”; painstaking recreations of hastily scribbled sketches made during a psychedelic experience. They relate in concept and palette to the work High Design, which frames splatter as the opposite of controlled designed form: acid wash, acid sketch, acid trip.

The selection of paintings continues with 16:9, featuring cinematic display proportions and purposeless graphic design that would be obscured in a 4:3 format “to fit your TV”. Harakolada evokes the pineapple as the international symbol of hospitality and nods to Margaritaville with its pat tropical fantasy, while the tanto blade stabbed through it introduces lethality, beauty and craftsmanship; here is an inappropriate re-appropriation of samurai culture via violence and Zen. As Laurie Anderson asked: que es mas macho? Pineapple o knife?

Many works in this show feature superimposed text, both in painting and sculpture: the chromed, autobodied ANX, the pieces Green and Indigo are everything that color isn’t: text, black and white. Angst? XANax? Zen? The sculpture, ZEN? (Helvetica, IKB), painted in International Klein Blue, is a distilled koan of challenging legibility, through which we can contemplate the void, the emptiness of “no selection”.

Many of the themes of this exhibition are activated in the collaborative installation with Rafael de Cardenas. This sculpture, inspired by a sequence in the movie Flashdance called “Imagination” (after the Laura Branigan song it features), encapsulates a strange and uniquely 1980s Orientalism. The film’s dancer devolves from post-apocalyptic geisha to businesswoman to writhing freak-out by strobe, and Gruzis and De Cardenas have grown this moment into a massive frieze consisting of their own custom kimono, presented on a multi-tiered stage that has the presence of a futuristic art deco monument.

Concurrently with this exhibition, Evan will present a simultaneous solo show of new works at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in Chelsea. Entitled Shadow Work, this exhibition features multiple desaturated works on paper, a marble mannequin sculpture entitled Monument to Fashion, and focuses on semi-autobiographical works. Like the Jungian phrase for dealing with the dark parts of your psyche that you don’t even know exist, Shadow Work, circulates images from Evan’s shadow of repressed iconography. ‘Lude Wig for example is a splattered, spectral portrait of the composer Beethoven materializing in front of a palm tree in some sort of tropical astral plane or an afterlife vacation. Bouquet Shift No. 2 re-imagines a Dutch still-life that looks sliced through the middle, bisected and offset by the slash of a sword. In one of Gruzis’ hallmark still-lifes, Placement de Produit features an unmistakeable Coca-cola bottle with pieces of tape covering the label, referencing a resistance to uncontrollable brand recognition.

Gruzis will also be releasing a new limited-edition book, Existential Crisis, published by Anteism, as well as a limited edition C-print and a silver gelatin print (both derived from the triptych Stratatos), produced by Signed And Numbered, a company specializing in artist-edition collaborations.

Evan Gruzis is a young artist from Milwaukee, WI who has exhibited around the world since graduating from Hunter College in 2008. He has had solo exhibitions at Deitch Projects (2008), DUVE Berlin (2008, 2010), Andreas Melas Presents in Athens (2010) and SAKS Gallery, Geneva (2011). He has been in group shows at The Swiss Institute, NYC; Max Wigram, London; The Deste Foundation, Athens; The Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; MACRO Museum, Rome; and many other notable institutions. His work is in the collection of Dakis Joannou, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hort Family Collection, Artist Pension Trust, David Zwirner collection, and many other notable private collections.

Evan Gruzis - Exotic Beta

September 10th - October 22nd

Opening Saturday, September 10th


The Hole, NY

Parchemin - Exhibition of Works on Paper

Troy Lovegates curates exhibition @ Yves Laroche Par Chemin is an exhibition of works on paper to mark the occasion of artist OTHER aka Troy Lovegates release of his new artist book published by ANTEISM.

Over his years of traveling and making art, OTHER has crossed paths and collaborated with many artists from around the world. Below are some photos of the exhibition and book launch.

Par Chemin Artshow Image

Par Chemin Art Exhibition & Other Book Launch

Yves Laroche Galerie d’art and Pop Montreal are proud to present


Sept. 30th to Oct. 3rd 2010 Vernissage : Thursday Sept. 30th 2010 ,6pm-9pm

In association with Art Pop, Yves Laroche Galerie d’art is proud to present a remarkable 2010 line up during Montreal’s renown POP Montreal. Inaugurating two newly established multi-media spaces, Yves Laroche Galerie d’art will be hosting two major events during this year’s edition of the music festival.

Espace 1 will feature Par Chemin, a group exhibition of works on paper. Curating the exhibition is multi-disciplinary artist Other, who will be launching his newest book   “Other – The artwork of Troy Lovegates” published by Anteism.

In Espace 2, Pica Magazine and Palimpsest Magazine will be presenting Published/Self-Published, a collection of contemporary fanzines and other publications.  Pica Magazine selected local and international artists, bloggers and designers who  will each be presenting their own series of original zines, in innovative mediums and subjects. Simultaneously, Palimpsest Magazine will showcase a multi-disciplinary book fair featuring imported publications, all available for purchase.  Furniture exclusively designed by Mikaël Baillairgé will set the mood for a contemporary platform of objectified information.

Additionally, TRUSSTclub and will open a multimedia installation inspired by  the Dark Night of the Soul project (Danger Mouse, David Lynch) curated by Jean-Luc Della Montagna.

Continuing to mark new ground for the local creative community, Yves Laroche Galerie d’art and Espace 1 & 2 welcome all to the opening of Par Chemin as well as Published/Self-Published on Thursday, September 30th 2010 from 6pm to 9 pm.

Yves Laroche Galerie d’art et Pop Montréal sont heureux de présenter PAR CHEMIN et PUBLIÉ/AUTOPUBLIÉ Du 30 Sept. au 3 Oct. 2010 Vernissage : Jeudi le 30 Septembre 2010 , 18h-21h

En collaboration avec Art Pop, Yves Laroche Galerie d’art est heureuse de présenter une programmation 2010 remarquable dans le cadre du traditionnel festival POP Montréal. Pour inaugurer deux nouveaux espaces multimédias, Yves Laroche Galerie d’art sera l’hôte de deux événements majeurs dans le cadre de l’édition annuelle du festival de musique.

Espace 1 présentera Par Chemin, une exposition collective d’œuvres sur papier. Le commissaire de l’exposition n’est nul autre que l’artiste multidisciplinaire Other, qui lancera son tout nouveau livre intitulé "Other – The artwork of Troy Lovegates", publié par Anteism.

Dans l’Espace 2, Pica magazine présentera Publié/Autopublié, une collection de publication en série par des designers graphiques et artistes innovant de façon indépendante en matière d'imprimé. Pour compléter, le magazine Palimpsest vous conviera à une foire de livres multidisciplinaires dans laquelle on y retrouvera diverses publications internationales qui seront également en vente. Un mobilier signé Mikaël Baillairgé supportera ces propositions contemporaines pour l'objectivation de l'information.

De plus, Trusst Club et présenteront une installation multimédia inspirée par le projet Dark Night of the Soul (Danger Mouse, David Lynch) signée Jean-Luc Della Montagna.

Toujours aussi dévoués à soutenir de nouvelles avenues au sein de la communauté artistique locale, Yves Laroche Galerie d’art et Espace 1 et 2 vous invitent au vernissage des expositions Par Chemin et Publié/Autopublié, le jeudi 30 septembre 2010, de 18h à 21h.

Hildebrand - Peepshow & Long Drop Book Launch

Painter Dil Hildebrand's Art Exhibition Peepshow & Long Drop Artsist Monograph Book Launch

Dil Hildebrand : Peepshow & Long Drop Book Launch

9 septembre - 16 octobre 2010 /  9 September - 16 October 2010

Opening: Thursday, September 9th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm (the artist will be in attendance) Vernissage : le jeudi 9 septembre de 17h00 à 19h00 (en présence de l'artiste)


"This is a process of seeing which invites the spectator to become an 'optical producer' as well as spectator - creating a theater for contemplation upon the act of seeing and the mechanics of representation.  This interactive drama plays out what is essential to all radical pictorial art, not the formulation of frozen iconic emblems that 'illustrate' ideas, but the active the mind's eye during the contemplation of pictorial art of our own comparative experiences of the visual complexity of everyday life."

- Ian Wallace, from Corner of the Studio (1993) and El Taller (1993):  A Description and Reflection Upon Two Recent Works

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present Peepshow, the latest solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Dil Hildebrand. For this, his third solo exhibition at the gallery, Hildebrand meditates on the theme of the artist's studio.  What results in Peepshow is a further negotiation of the opposing forces of space and surface within painting.  In characteristic fashion, a host of references converge in these new works; film, theatre, historical painting and documentary photography are all consciously evoked and explored here, revealing their influence throughout the exhibition.

Peepshow is, in one sense, a hall of funny mirrors, distorting the artist's studio and absurdly reflecting it as an alter ego of the gallery.  Deep and seductive, this new suite of paintings beckons all to come inside to the world inhabited by the now-absent artist, inviting them to consider their own relation to its artistic production.  Hildebrand gives us a veil of colour through which to peer into this private setting, and thereby renders us into dormant observers standing at the threshold.  While a theme of "transparent surface" is apparent in the paintings, this device seems rather to demonstrate how impervious the canvases truly are; from behind curtains of florid colour the paintings lure yet refuse to reflect.  In all, Peepshow may be regarded as a contemplation of the aesthetic, technical and hierarchical relations that exist between painting, drawing and photography.  By reversing the photographic image into the background, it is as though figure and ground have been inverted.  In this drama, the fore-grounded paint is no longer cast in its familiar role as ground but is thrown forward into a role playing itself, as a figure upon the stage.

In a new series of charcoal drawings, Hildebrand takes a different view of the studio.  Cast in dramatic lighting and framed in letterbox, these delicate drawings are quiet peeks into dark places within the workspace, as though gleaned from an imagined film noir. While appearing to be drawn from photographs, they are in fact drawn from life and lit from the artist's imagination.  One suspects just how filmic the imagination has become, considering the fidelity to photographic appearance that is evident in this work.

Dil Hildebrand was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada. He obtained his MFA at Concordia University, Montreal in 2008. In 2006 he won the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has since participated in many exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and abroad.  In October 2010 he will exhibit new work at the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale 2010 in Beijing, China.  Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto, in Fall 2011.  He lives and works in Montreal.

The artist would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

All works being presented will be available for viewing on our web site during the vernissage (Thursday, September 9th at 5:00 pm)


Saturday, September 25 at 2:30 pm (as part of Les journées de la culture)

Hildebrand Artist Monograph - Long Drop - Book Cover Long Drop: The Paintings of Dil Hildebrand featuring essays by Louise Déry and Richard Rhodes, and an interview by Christine Redfern

Join us at the gallery for the Montreal launch of the new artist's monograph Long Drop: The Paintings of Dil Hildebrand published by Anteism Publishing and distibuted by the RCAAQ. Featuring a roundtable discussion with Hildebrand and Harley Smart (Anteism) on the challenges of publishing an artist's monograph.


« Ceci est un processus du regard qui invite le regardeur à devenir ''producteur optique'' aussi bien que spectateur, créant de la sorte un théâtre de contemplation pour l'acte de regarder et la mécanique de la représentation. Ce drame interactif met en scène ce qui est essentiel à tout art pictural radical; non pas la formulation d'emblèmes iconiques statiques qui ''illustrent'' des idées, mais plutôt la reconnaissance active... au yeux de l'esprit, durant la contemplation de l'art pictural, de nos propres expériences comparatives de la complexité visuelle de la vie quotidienne. »

- Ian Wallace, Corner of the Studio (1993) and El Taller (1993):A Description and Reflection Upon Two Recent Works

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (PFOAC) a le plaisir de présenter Peepshow, la plus récente exposition personnelle de peintures et de dessins de Dil Hildebrand. Pour sa troisième exposition personnelle à la galerie PFOAC, Hildebrand a choisi de méditer sur le thème de l'atelier d'artiste. Il en résulte un dialogue entre les forces opposées d'espace et de surface propres à la peinture. Typiques de l'approche de cet artiste, une variété de références convergent dans ces nouvelles œuvres : le cinéma, le théâtre, la peinture d'histoire et la photographie documentaire y sont tous sciemment évoqués et explorés, révélant leurs influences respectives dans l'ensemble de l'exposition.

Peepshow est une sorte de labyrinthe de miroirs, déformant l'atelier de l'artiste et le reflétant, de manière absurde, en tant qu'alter ego de la galerie. Séduisante et profonde, cette nouvelle suite de peintures nous invite à pénétrer dans l'univers d'un artiste désormais absent, nous invite à songer à notre propre relation à la production artistique qui y est présentée. Hildebrand nous offre un voile de couleur au travers duquel nous contemplons ce décor intime; nous devenons des observateurs passifs se tenant au seuil... d'un monde. Bien que les peintures révèlent aisément la « transparence » de leurs surfaces, ce thème, ou ce dispositif, semble plutôt démontrer la véritable imperméabilité des toiles; derrière leurs rideaux de couleurs flamboyantes, les peintures attisent, mais refusent de refléter. En somme, Peepshow peut être envisagée comme une contemplation des relations esthétiques, techniques et hiérarchiques existant entre la peinture, le dessin et la photographie. L'assignation de l'image photographique à l'arrière-plan crée une impression d'inversion de la figure et du fond. Dans ce drame pictural, la peinture d'avant-plan ne joue plus son rôle familier de fond, mais est propulsée en avant-scène, où elle incarne son propre rôle, en tant que figure scénique.

Dans une nouvelle série de dessins au fusain, Hildebrand adopte une approche différente pour sonder l'espace-atelier. Bénéficiant d'un éclairage dramatique et cadrés en mode LetterBox, ces dessins délicats sont des aperçus tranquilles de coins obscurs d'un espace de travail, un peu comme s'ils avaient été glanés d'un film noir imaginaire. Bien que donnant l'impression d'avoir été créés à partir de photographies, ils ont en fait été réalisés d'après nature et sont éclairés par l'imaginaire de l'artiste. L'on envisage d'ailleurs sans peine à quel point cet imaginaire est devenu filmique, vu la fidélité « photographique » des œuvres.

Dil Hildebrand est né en 1974 à Winnipeg, Canada. Il est titulaire, depuis 2008, d'une maîtrise en beaux-arts de l'Université Concordia, Montréal. En 2006, il a remporté le prix du Concours de peintures canadiennes RBC, et a depuis participé à plusieurs expositions au Canada, aux Etats-Unis et à l'étranger. En Octobre 2010, il présentera des œuvres inédites à la 4e Biennale internationale d'art de Pékin, en Chine. Son travail sera également présenté à l'occasion d'une exposition personnelle à YYZ Artists' Outlet, à Toronto, à l'automne 2011. Dil Hildebrand vit et travaille à Montréal.

L'artiste souhaite remercier le Conseil des Arts du Canada et le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

L'ensemble des oeuvres présentées seront disponibles sur notre site web lors du vernissage (le jeudi 9 septembre à 17h00).


le samedi 25 septembre à 14h30 (dans le cadre des Journées de la culture)

Hildebrand Artist Monograph - Long Drop - Book Cover Long Drop : Les peintures de Dil Hildebrand avec des textes de Louise Déry et Richard Rhodes, et une entrevue de Christine Redfern

Joignez-nous à la galerie pour le lancement montréalais de la nouvelle monographie Long Drop : Les peintures de Dil Hildebrand publiée par Anteism Publishing distribuée par le RCAAQ. Il y aura un pannel de discussion avec Hildebrand et Harley Smart (Anteism) sur les défis de produire une monographie.

Anteism Artist Book Shortlisted for ABoTM Prize

Canadian Haircut Cut Shortlisted for Artist Book Award

James Kirkpatrick & Peter Thompson's collaborative zine is part of the Art Gallery of York Universities Artist Book Exhibition.

Anteism's artist book / zine Canadian Haircut Cut ( by Peter Thompson and James Kirkpatrick ) has been shortlisted for the "Artist's Book of the Moment" by the Art Gallery of York University. The AGYU has a list of all the books submitted to the exhibition.

Pick up a copy of the zine for $6 in our shop.

Dean Garlick's The Fish @ Drawn & Quarterly

Come for an evening of wine, music and reading at the Drawn and Quarterly to launch The Fish, the new illustrated novel by Dean Garlick (illustrations by Erik Volet), published by Anteism. Musical guests include Erin Lang and the Foundlings, along with myself, singing two songs from the book. I look forward to seeing all who can attend!

About the book: Patrick Kaye thinks he?s taking a harmless Caribbean cruise, a well-earned escape from his day-to-day life as an addictions counsellor. What he gets instead is a near-death experience that lands him in the belly of a mythological beast?the very same creature that swallowed Jonah. Inside, he encounters a confounding world populated by a host of colourful residents: a 19th-century British gentleman, a pre-Christian Icelandic shaman, a survivor of the biblical flood, a Ukrainian prostitute, an Asian American stock market analyst, a Maori warrior and a sadistic little girl, to list a few. The Fish explores currents of contemporary existence in a realm where the brutality of history is ever-present and the will to exist is the only thing keeping a person from fading into nothingness. Can Patrick accept this new reality? Can he right the wrongs he sees around him? Or will the call of the outside world offer enough hope to send him searching for a way home? The Fish is lavishly illustrated with engaging B&W illustrations by artist Erik Volet.

About the Author: Dean Garlick is an educator and writer living in Montreal. Fantastical permutations of reality abound in his work as a response to his characters' frustrations with the absurdity and struggle of everyday existence, but they have nothing whatsoever to do with his real life. Nothing. He is excited by the possibilities presented by illustrated fiction, especially the potential to explore multiple, non-parallel modes of narrative within a single piece.

03.20.10 Go - Olio's 1 Year Anniversary Exhibition

03.20.10 Olio Exhibition victoria To celebrate  an exciting and grueling first year, the Olio Cooperative are honored to host this group exhibition featuring some of the amazing people whose enormous efforts have made a second year possible.  As the name suggests, 03.20.10.GO opens on the first day of a packed second year with artwork by members Luke Ramsey,Shawn O’Keefe, Ryan Thompson, Calvin Coles, Joey MacDonald,Meaghan MacDonald and Alexander Carmichael.

The exhibition is comprised of works generously donated by the artists with proceeds going towards one of the year’s largest local art developments, theFisgard Mural Concern.  The Fisgard Mural Concern is an initiative to transform the concrete exterior of 614 Fisgard into downtown Victoria’s largest mural & contemporary art piece.  For more information on the mural, please visit or Facebook

Anteism @ Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative

Anteism Books & Zines in Eye Level Gallery Exhibition

Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative Four and Printed Matter Residency

February Twenty-Sixth to April Third, 2010 Opening Reception: February Twenty-Fifth, 2010 at seven o’clock featuring Eyelevel Gallery’s Online Archive & 35th Anniversary Catalogue Launch.

The Eyelevel Re-shelving Initiative is an international biennial exhibition of artist books, multiples, and printed matter, refreshing Eyelevel Gallery’s Bookstore collection with works from close to 80 established and emerging artists. This fourth installment offers a chance to peruse and purchase new and unusual works from: Red Fox Press (Ireland), Perro Verlag (Mayne Island, BC), Instant Coffee (Toronto), Islands Fold (Victoria), Valerie Salez (Halifax), Anteism Publishing (Victoria), Garity Chapman (Halifax), Andrew McLaren (Halifax), Adam O’Reilly (Halifax), T.R. Ericsson (New York), Stacy Ho (Toronto), and Dustin Wilson (Montreal) and many more.

During the opening reception of this event, Eyelevel Gallery will be celebrating the launch of our Online Archive & 35th Anniversary Catalogue featuring a selection of printed matter ephemera from the vaults of our underground archive system.

We also have the dream team of Will van der Meulen and Daniel Espeset.  These two locals are collaborating in the love of forgotten print technology for Eyelevel and Roberts Street Social Centre’s Printed Matter Residency.  An open studio, lectures, workshops and a launch on March Twenty-Seventh at seven o’clock are to be expected.

In the spirit of ERI 4, The Narrows will be launching a brand new winter and spring season, hosting new work by Eyelevel’s only Chris Foster. This exhibition will run alongside the main space exhibition from February 26 – March 28, 2010. Please contact for information on The Narrows.

For more information, please contact

IMYGRATE - Exhibition of Character Art & Design

A Project and Exhibition of Character Artwork & Designs.

IMYGRATE's 104 artists provide 391 original artworks currently on display at Olio.

As we polish off the IMYGRATE book, here are some photos and video of the opening night exhibition.

The IMYGRATE exhibition includes original artwork and photographs which document the project. A free e-book will be released in the coming days which highlights the character artwork and designs by 104 international artists.

Character design artwork & exhibition

Artist List: Action Tin Toy, Ala Ramildi, Alberto Cerriteno, Alexei Vella, Alicia Wagner, Andrea Innocent, Andrea Wong, Arjan Westerdiep, Ben Frey, Ben van Netten & kstyles, Bill Dunlap, Bill Thomson, Brad Simon, Brent Bouchard, Brett Farkas, Brian Donnelly, Brian Raszka, Bruna Guerreiro, Caleb Beyers, Cameron Forsley, C Huffman, Charlotte Cynthia Walton, Chico Baldini, Chika Kakazu, Chris Von Szombathy, Christian Gralingen, Christian Walden, Cristina Garcia Martin, Crystal Beard, Daniel Gonzalez, Dante Malo, Darin Bindle, DGPH, Diogo Potes, Duto Hardono, Elisa Sassi, Erik Jonssan, Erik Volet, Es Jottes, Forcefeedswede, Frank Flothmann, Gareth Gaudin, General Magic, George Ferrandi, Handiedan, Husk Mit Navn, J Shea, James Schneider, Jan Kromerak, Jessica May Hobdell, Jessie Holmes, JK Gallag, Joan Stiebel, John Casey, John Lytle Wilson, Jorn Kaspuhl, Josh Taylor, Justin Stone, Ken Gerberick, Kendra Lane Sherick, Lala Ladcani, Lee McLure, Lon Wenger, Luke Ramsey, M Shaffer, Madbox, Marc Johns, Marc Lynch, Maria Esaiasson, Matt Lee, Maxwell Paternoster, Mieke Driessen, Monster Flower, Mr Globp, Nadia Zanellato, Natalia Gianinazzi, Osmoze Graphik, Owen Plummer, P. Williams, Paul Antonson, Phil Corbett, Phoenix Perry, Randy Laybourne, Raymond Weekes, Richard Camara, Robin Van Wijk, Ryan Qunicy, Scott Radke, Scott Radnidge, Sean Brookes, Shea Moir, Slaven Kosanovic, Stephen Tompkins, Tanya Edgar, Tapetentiere (Buro Destruct), The Royal Art Lodge, Tony Ochre, Trust 36, United States of the Art, Warren Craghead, Weird Eye One, William Cowen, Yuka Yamaguchi, Ziqi

Curated by Amelia Sawin & Ryan Thompson

IMYGRATE Artist Profile: Luke Ramsey

Luke Ramsey

Artwork, zines, art residency and new solo show entitle PrETTY PROBLEMS.

Luke Ramsey of Islands Fold has been a huge contributor and supporter of Anteism since day one. His artwork, zines and artist residency has played a vital role in an art scene based around drawing and good people. Luke has a character in the IMYGRATE show, which ended it's trip in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Visit the IMYGRATE Exhibition on February 19th to see the artwork of Luke Ramsey and 103 other International artists.

I'm also very excited about a solo exhibition Luke is having at El Kartel in Vancouver on February 6th, 2010. The show is entitled Pretty Problems.

There are also a number of other great art events happening around Vancouver during the Olympics, such as Monster at the West Vancouver Museum which will showcase the artwork of  Marcel Dzama, Shary Boyle and Howie Tsui among others. Another great exhibition / project is "Here is Now". HERE IS NOW  is a series of “pop-up” exhibitions that features the work of contemporary Vancouver artists shown within the unconventional space. The intention of Here Is Now is to view the exhibits themselves as an overall installation, through the exploration of time and space, creating an aesthetic that varies in participation, duration and negotiates and reconfigures the use of the unconventional space. Through this approach we wish to create a movement that focuses on what Is Here Now.

Pretty Problems Art Show Luke Ramsey El Kartel

IMYGRATE Artist Profile: Charlotte Cynthia Walton

Charlotte Cynthia Walton

Victoria artist Charlotte Cynthia Walton has been an important contributor to Anteism projects and publications since day one. Charlotte's work spans multiple mediums from paper cut-outs, 3 dimensional paper sculpture, drawing and painting. Her work combines classical photo realist drawings, abstract decorations and simplified anime-like illustrations.

Charlotte has contributed two characters to the IMYGRATE Project. Join us for the exhibition launch on February 19th, 2010.

More Info.

Artist Charlotte Cynthia Walton

Pith – {The Heart Of}{The Essence} is a zine by Charlotte AKA C.C. Walton. The zine highlights works from Charlotte’s sketchbook, scans from 3 dimensional paper sculptures and paper cut-outs. Charlotte has also published work in Manuscribbles & Abracadabra