Entries from January 30th, 2015

5 Questions with Evin Collis

Jan 30, 2015

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Evin Collis was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting and then returned to Winnipeg and began working as a porter for VIA Rail on the ‘Canadian’ for a number of years. His work has been exhibited across Canada and Italy. Drawing, oil painting, sculpture, comics and stop-motion animation are the mediums he uses to realize his work. Evin currently lives in Chicago where he is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Red River Pieta, 8' x 11', 2013, oil on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

Red River Pieta, 8′ x 11′, 2013, oil on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: Your work is currently showing at La Maison des Artistes here in Winnipeg. Do you feel that there is one piece which sums up your intentions for the exhibition?

 

EC: I would say that the two largest paintings Red River Pieta (La pieta de la rivière rouge) and Assiniboine Odyssey, which are satirical contemporary Manitoba history paintings that were completed earlier in 2012 and 2013 really stimulated this body of work at La Maison des artistes.


Homestead Pile. 5' x 5', 2014, oil on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

Homestead Pile. 5′ x 5′, 2014, oil on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: Which medium do you feel most successfully conveys your artistry?

 

EC: Most of my time is spent painting and drawing. The sculptures I had created for the show were born out of the paintings. The animations I have done in the past are closely related to painting and drawing as well. As much as I love experimenting and toying with other medias, I am informed through painting and drawing.

 

Hydra-Goose, 2015, plaster, wood, metal, epoxy, paint, leather, feathers. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

Hydra-Goose, 2015, plaster, wood, metal, epoxy, paint, leather, feathers. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: How do you determine what your next project will be?

 

EC: Whatever interests me at the moment; often one project can lead into the next. I draw from a wide array of influences and source material. Sometimes I desire to try something very different. There is no exact formula.

 

Assiniboine Odyssey. 2010, 8' x 10', Oil and fur on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

Assiniboine Odyssey. 2010, 8′ x 10′, Oil and fur on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: How would you describe your home? Studio?

 

EC: At the moment I spend most of my time in the studio which is inside the school, near the top floor of a very tall building. There is a common area around the corner from my space that has an incredible open view of Lake Michigan, I think you can even see Indiana from up there. The studio is practically home and I have multiple projects consistently on the go.

 

Commerce, Prudence, Industry Collage. 2015, photographed by Charles Venzon.

Commerce, Prudence, Industry Collage. 2015, photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: What makes you most excited to wake up and do what you do everyday?

 

EC: To keep making, to continue learning and striving to become a better painter.

Behind the Scenes – EQ3 Spring/Summer 2015 Catalogue

Jan 27, 2015

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BTS – Climb Lifestyle – EQ3 S/S 15

 

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Break of dawn + shooting a Spring/Summer catalogue in January in Winnipeg.

 
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Gallery 2 in The Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art was our location for the Climb modular shelving system designed by Madi Cash.

 

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The architectural firms behind The Buhler Center where the Plug In ICA is situated are: David Penner Architects, DIN + PSAS.

 

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Thom stepped up to the plate and modelled his hands and feet like a boss!

 

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“I was doing design in the mornings and paintings in the afternoon, until the moment I knew I had to choose. It’s like having two boyfriends: it’s not possible.” Nathalie Du Pasquier

 

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Painting by Louis Balko 1992.

 

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The EQ3 S/S 2015 Catalogue drops in March – until then! Charles xoxo

 

Paper Craft

Jan 23, 2015

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It’s usually just before the holidays at EQ3 when we roll up our sleeves and build some sets for our holiday photo shoot. Throughout the year we were inspired by many amazing examples of paper craft. Our sets didn’t require the precise hand cutting, folding, and gluing of tiny decorative details. Instead, they were built build using large rolls of red seamless paper and foam core matte board. Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of one the sets, and the final image below it.

 

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Across the globe many designers and artists are producing inspiring works crafted from paper. Zim & Zou, in France, have been getting a lot of attention for their highly intricate paper craft, often made of vibrant fluorescent papers. They appeared on one of the covers of Icon Magazine in 2012, and more recently, are being noticed for their installations for Hermès Maison Shanghai.

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Sabeena Karnik, in Mumbai, spent over 100 hours designing and executing this cover for Crain’s Chicago Business magazine. She describes her technique as “paper sculpturing.”

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Here are a couple more of my recent favourites:

 

2014 Calendar by Nearly Normal

2014 Calendar by Nearly Normal

 

A-Type by Lobulo Design

A-Type by Lobulo Design

Music Library: “Best” of 2014

Jan 6, 2015

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PLAYLIST 01.06.2015

 

This playlist features a song from each of my personal favourite albums released in 2014. This list is purely based on my personal taste in music and what albums I enjoyed most from this past year. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know how your list would differ or what you think I may have forgotten, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Looking forward to sharing more music with you in the new year.

 

01. Red Eyes – The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream

02. Do You – Spoon They Want My Soul

03. Prince Johnny – St. Vincent St. Vincent

04. Delorean Dynamite – Todd Terje It’s Album Time

05. Two Weeks – FKA Twigs LP1 (E)

06. Way to be Loved – TOPS Picture You Staring

07. Silver – Caribou Our Love

08. Forerunner Foray – Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty (E)

09. Shame (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid) – Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Piñata (E)

10. Passing Out Pieces – Mac Demarco Salad Days

11. Dead Man’s Tetris (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg) – Flying Lotus You’re Dead! 

12. Doves – Future Islands Singles

13. The Riverbed – Owen Pallett In Conflict

14. Talking Backwards – Real Estate Atlas

15. Put Your Number In My Phone – Ariel Pink Pom Pom

16. The Lord’s Favorite – Iceage Plowing Into the Field of Love

17. Early (feat. Boots) – Run The Jewels Run the Jewels 2 (E)

18. Triangle – BADBADNOTGOOD III

19. Springful – Adult Jazz Gist Is

20. My Blue Supreme – Interpol El Pintor

21. Walk Away – Tony Molina Dissed and Dismissed

22. Big Stars – Perfect Pussy Say Yes To Love

23. So Sick Stories (feat. King Krule) – RATKING So It Goes (E)

Freebie: Desktop Wallpaper – January

Jan 2, 2015

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We’ve changed things up for 2015. This year, our monthly freebie blog post will feature 12 unique desktop wallpapers for you to use on your computer, phone, or tablet. The wallpapers will vary from month to month whether it’s illustration, photography, or whatever else we come up with. Click the download link for your preferred size or format and enjoy!

 

This month features a play on the classic houndstooth pattern, but with cats instead of hounds.

 

Keep your eyes peeled at the start of each month for a new downloadable desktop wallpaper.

 

3840 × 2400  |  2560 × 1440  |  1920 × 1200  |  1680 × 1050  |  1440 × 900  |  1280 × 800

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Note: This wallpaper is intended for personal use only. Download it, enjoy it and share it with your friends! However, commercial use and distribution of this wallpaper for profit is strictly prohibited. Thanks for your cooperation.

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