Toronto’s Mercer Union, a sometimes controversial, always interesting non-profit run by artists, has put together a slew of limited edition artists’ Pin-Ups for Christmas sale, along with a special exhibition of Toronto gig posters drawn from Michael Parke-Taylor’s extensive collection.
This show provides a rare opportunity to peek into the former AGO Curator of Modern Art’s personal archive of paste-up print design. The selection offers an eclectic index of posters for famous and not-so-famous musical acts who have performed in Toronto over the last fifteen years. (Go here to see some)
The main function of the show of selected artists’ posters, though, is funds for the cooperative gallery. The pin-up above is Eros and Wonder (2011) by Dan Browne & Ajla Odobasic, 12″ x 18″. All posters are editions of 5, and cover everything from graphic design to sketches. Here is a random selection of some of the others.
Ampersand 1 (2010), Kirsten McCrea, 18″ x 12″, edition of 5
This Ampersand print is part of a series of 4, created specifically to be put up in the street of Montreal as subtle and unexpected public reminders of unity and togetherness.
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Concert Posters (Oh My God) (2007), Jo-Anne Balcean, 18″ x 12″
Oh My God is from a series of 3 text-based posters that substitute band names and logos for the emotional high of the awestruck, willing consumer, and give voice to secret, and sometimes shameful, sentiments such as idolization, envy, desperation, awe and lust.
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Personals for Appliances (2011), Danica Evering, 12″ x 18″
Personals for Appliances gives voice to kitchen appliance in the form of personal ads and user profiles. Instead of meekly performing their appropriate functions, a toaster looks for love (although it isn’t picky) and a microwave has become distinctly existential. The imagined narratives add insight into everyday activities.
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Show Curated by Michael Parke-Taylor
Mercer Union, Toronto: December 15, 2011 – December 17, 2011 (online pre-sales available)
Opening Reception: Thursday 15 December, 7 PM