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2014/10/20 / Shanan


I’ve always been into odd, slightly spooky visual art so I’ll be embracing Halloween this year by featuring some of my favourite work.

Since 2012, Angela Deane has been collecting old photographs and painting over the figures. People and their memories are obscured, rendered completely anonymous and, to quote Deane, “become the ghosts of our everyday.”

I like that these give a little wink to both the spirit photos of the 19th century as well as the nostalgia we all feel for the physicality of old snapshots.  They’re kind of funny but many are also kind of creepy.  These are some of my favourites from the series but you can see many more ghost photographs here.

Image above:  Today’s Embrace, acrylic on found photograph, 2014.

ghost found photograph painting

One Year Older, acrylic on found photograph, 2014.


Velvet bench, acrylic on found photograph, 2013.


Together For Soup, acrylic and gouache on found photograph, 2014.


Reach for Me Across the Flowers, acrylic on found photograph, 2014.

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2014/07/02 / Shanan


Image above:  Andy DenzlerVreneli vom Guggisberg. Oil on canvas, 2013.

Jarek Puczel lovers painting

Jarek Puczel, Lovers (1).  Oil, 2011.

John Schnabel Passengers photograph

John Schnabel, photograph from Passengers series, Twin Palms Publishers.

Shin Kwang Ho

Shin Kwang Ho, charcoal and oil, via Empty Kingdom.

Gregory Chiha

Grégory Chiha, Noli Me Tangere, 2008.


Beth HoeckelSheltering Sky, mixed media.

Past collections of obscured portraits: I Miss Your Face, and I Still Miss Your Face.

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2014/05/30 / Shanan


Toronto-based artist Carly Waito has a solo exhibition, Microgeographica, opening today at Narwhal Projects.  I plan to check out her amazingly detailed mineral paintings when we’re down in the city in a few weeks — in the meantime, here are some photographs of some of her new work.

I love how these feel a little bit darker, a little moodier, like far-off mountains or mysterious moonscapes.

Image abovePyrite Asteroid10″ x 10,” oil on panel, 2012.


Amethyst Mountain, 16″ x 13″, oil on panel, 2014.


Dioptase II, 8″ x 10″, oil on panel, 2014.


Pyrite Asteroid, 10″ x 10″, unframed oil on panel, 2012.


Amethyst Peak, 12″ x 12″, oil on panel, 2014.

All images courtesy of Narwhal Projects.  Here’s the rest of Carly Waito’s exhibition preview and press release. The show runs through June 28th.

I bought one of her prints last year; you can see it in this post.

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2014/05/16 / Shanan


Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn to the somewhat crazy resurgence in the popularity of woven textile art.  A million years ago these commonly took the form of macramé owls, rendered in écru and brown wools, hanging in living rooms with wall-to-wall shag carpeting.  I think you know what I’m talking about here.

I always appreciate a traditional skill-based medium made to feel modern again, and these weavings feel especially beautiful and current if you picture them living in more minimal settings – their inherent warmth and texture really plays well with contemporary furnishings and white walls.  They’re just such a great mixture of art, design, and craft; colour, pattern and composition. One of each, please.

Image above: weaving in shades of cream and blush by Maryanne Moodie.

Heddle and Needle blink wall hanging weaving

‘Blink’ weaving by Heddle and Needle.

Minna cabin fever weaving wall hanging

‘Cabin Fever’ weaving by Minna.


Wall hanging by Julie Thevenot.

Hazel and Hunter red desert weaving wall hanging

‘Red Desert’ weaving by Hazel and Hunter.

Brook and Lyn Palm Tree Park weaving wall hanging

‘Palm Tree Bark’ weaving by Brook & Lyn.

vintage fiber art wall hanging the brick house

Vintage fiber art (had to include one example of the real old deal) from The Brick House.

All Roads weavings wall hanging

‘Founders Weaving’ and ‘Mini Triangle’ by All Roads.

Can you see past the ’70s hangover and picture one of these in your home now?  Are you as oddly tempted as I am to try your hand at making one (yes, yes, a possible fool’s errand)?