Victor Genova in the early days at Yorkville Studios

27 10 2016


lisa yuskavage

31 01 2015

Between 1984 and 1990, Yuskavage painted women that she later characterized as demure in nature.[5] At the suggestion of her husband, the artist Matvey Levenstein, Yuskavage began to imagine herself as the subject of her paintings, which allowed her to change her perspective and to assume a new character in her work.[5] Her new style often features the nude female form as voluptuous and with exaggerated curves.[6] These nudes have been compared to both classic pin-ups and soft pornography.[7] The role of voyeurism is also key to the artist’s work.[8] Yuskavage has previously cited the actor Dennis Hopper’s character, Frank Booth, in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (film), as her inspiration for the source of the male gaze in her artworks

I find her work fascinating but am not sure I get it. Is she exploring female forms, male fantasies, or the cinema.

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the living room

18 11 2014

the living roomby David Halliday

Good times with Nancy Grace…

12 11 2014

Good times with Nancy Graceby David Halliday

Friday night television 1958

27 08 2014

Friday night television 1958by David Halliday

Welcome to the Fords

11 08 2014

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Toronto is a reality show


by David Halliday

I told you, I’m over him

22 02 2014

I told you, I'm over David Halliday

One of the more important parts of my work and most collagists that I’ve seen is the ‘title’. A lot of times it is whimsical. Some times a line from a song I happen to be listening to at that time. Or, as is the case in this point, it comes right out of the collage.


7 07 2013

When I lived in Belgium many years ago, there was an exhibition of Dali prints in Antwerp. I went to the gallery and was surprised to find that many of the prints, signed by Dali, were selling for $200 Canadian. If I’d had any money I would have bought them. But it shocked me. Was Dali desperate? I think he might have made prints or had prints made of his work and signed thousands. He was a very odd man. But interesting. He made a film with Disney which is quite interesting. He made a film with Hitchcock and clothing designs for Coco Chanel. I love his work. But he is like Nietsche in that there may be more smoke than substance to his work. Still his work has influenced generations of artists and I suspect has helped recruitment for the schools of psychology.

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Annie Leibovitz

7 05 2013

I love this woman’s work. Many of her shots look like staged collages. Instead of cut and paste she uses props and costumes. You can go through her work and marvel at its quantity and quality. Annie Leibovitz. Even her name looks like a photograph.

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Kamil Vojnar

30 04 2013

Kamil was a priest for a while. In the ‘dark province’ as we called it in Russia. He was a man of great spirituality who made modesty a virtue.


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There isn’t much information on Vojnar. His work has this wispy spiritual quality to it. Or maybe its just years of brown outs. I always find it strange to see how many artists who grew up behind the Iron Curtain have surreal work that deals in many ways in flight. Or escape.

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