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Supercrawl 2013

If you haven’t heard about it yet, I can only assume you hate art. This little festival, which started out as a single block shut-down on a single evening in the pouring October rain, is basically gaining its own consciousness. Like Skynet, but good.

This year, the fifth anniversary year, Supercrawl stretched all the way down James North and spanned Friday evening and Saturday. As such, the curatorial committee basically lived on JSN from Wednesday to Sunday of last week, prepping installations.

Want to see some of what went on?

Connor Bennett and Kearon Roy Taylor of HAVN installed this piece on the roof of Mixed Media at JSN and Cannon.

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We had these moving LED sculptures from Brooklyn-based artists Jason Krugman and Patrick Paine.

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The Burlington Slam Project brought its winning brand of poetry to the street…

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These fences from Erika James…

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This sweet piece from Sarah Beck and Shlomi Greenspan


That image is lifted from Supercrawl’s twitter account because it’s way better than what I got on my phone.

The stage was outfitted with cafe tables as though a comedy set was about to begin. Surprise! Never did. And I took great joy in watching people sit, wait, then understand what was going on. Most people laughed. I only noted one woman who was upset she had been duped.

Another of my faves (and it’s super washed out in this picture…I’m looking for better ones online) was Elinor Whidden‘s Canadian Shield Colour Field.

I love all her work (check her website – it’s awesome) and this was no exception. Light boxes powered by a pick-up featured Rothko-esque close-ups of tail lights.

Only downside to this piece came while coiling extension cords at the end of the night and realizing people had pissed all over them. Honest to god, crawlers, there are outhouses all over the street. You don’t need to wizz on the art.

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Roy Caussy’s SMOKELIFE

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And, of course, another fave was BGL‘s Carrousel.

These guys are amazing. In between installing this wicked piece on Friday night and operating it Saturday afternoon, they made a pitch for a Pan-Am installation and won, so watch for that. Pretty sure it will blow your mind, just like all their stuff.

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All in all, great success.

Numbers aren’t officially in yet, but I think it’s safe to say there were over 100, 000 people downtown Friday and Saturday. I definitely noticed a difference from last year’s 80, 000.

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So way to go, city.  And if you’re interested in submitting work for 2014, we’re already looking for it.

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Summer Job

Over the course of this summer, Spec writer Rhiannon Russell and I put together an arts series aimed at introducing readers to some of amazing artists in Hamilton.

It took lot of our time these last two months (not to mention photographers’ time – every one of the more than 100 artists featured had a quite excellent portrait taken) and it’s super-satisfying to see everything together on paper pages after so much digital stockpiling of photos and text. Just look at this layout!

Exciting! You can read my intro essay here and Rhiannon’s series-starting profiles on theatre here, here and here.  You can check out photos and videos of all the included artists on The Spec’s Pinterest page here.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to do something non-arts-related (go running in this perfect September weather) before tonight’s final Supercrawl meeting!

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This is old news now, but the Supercrawl fundraiser was a few weeks ago and it was quite the night. Bill Curran of TCA was kind enough to host in his amazing office space on the third floor at 118 James North.

My pictures don’t begin to give a complete picture of the place (or the artists who exhibited work – I completely forgot I had my camera until the sun was setting and was less than optimal), but Hollie’s do.

We had tasty snacks from all kinds of James Street businesses including Acclamation, Mex-I-Can, Nabil’s, Jack and Lois and the newest addition – the Green Smoothie Bar.

Oh, we also had Mill Street at the bar-bar.

Like I said, not enough pictures of the incredible artists we’re going to feature at Supercrawl 2012, but Matt Walker, John Haney, Carey Jernigan, Svava Thordis Juliusson and the Beehive Craft Collective were all there with previews of the pieces they’re making just for Supercrawl. That’s right. Premier showings at Supercrawl = exciting!

I did get shots of Meg and Hollie because they were right under a light.

Teaching people how to paper-piece the fabric hexagons that are going to make up their quilted installation this September.

You can help out with this community project by picking up templates and fabric at any one of a number of downtown Hamilton and Toronto businesses that are keeping boxes of supplies in-shop/on-hand. Comprehensive list here. A little over two months to get piecing!

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If you’re out at Art Crawl tonight, please look for the Supercrawl table – I (along with other members of the Supercrawl Curatorial Committee) will be selling tickets for our upcoming end-of-June fundraiser which is going to be a pretty awesome time.

Stop by and pick one up to support the local and national artists being featured at the festival this September.

Otherwise, happy weekending!

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Just a heads-up. If you are someone who comes here regularly, next week might be a little slow as the Supercrawl Curatorial Committee (which I am a part of) exhausts itself with last-minute prep and installations for what is sure to be an amazing event next Saturday, September 10th.

I’ll update with what I can because I do have a few custom orders on the table, but we’ll have to see how it goes. I already feel cra-cra-crazy!

In the meantime, check out my final studio decoration while I take a breath.

Hanging over the as-yet-to-be-framed door is a set of antlers from The New Woodsman. Don’t worry – they’re vegan (ummm…not that it matters, what with my studio full of leather and my enrollment in a hunter’s education/firearms licensing course at the end of September) and made of coloured resin mounted on a felt-fronted wood plaque.


So. In addition to hanging those guys yesterday, I also finished my Newfoundland Pitcher Plant Cuff.

And I busted off a couple thinner Faux the Bois Cuffs for more delicate wrists – these ones only 1 1/4 inches wide.

If you’re itching to get your hands on any of this new wood-inspired leather, I’m dropping off a pile of chips (as in wood) and feathers at White Elephant – hopefully this afternoon.

Enjoy the long weekend and don’t forget to clear your schedule for Supercrawl next weekend.


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