Art of the Junos: Winning Album Covers

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is celebrating the covers of Juno award-winning albums through early April, including this one from the Parachute Club, winner of the 1987 award for best design. –Neon Bible, the 2008 winner, was the second album by Canadian indie band Arcade Fire. The museum’s […]

Zoya Taylor: Misfits and Waifs

Jamaican-Canadian artist Zoya Taylor’s paintings cover a collection of misfit characters in situations that speak to universal themes of pride and hurt, humor and love. (Above: Family Phobia) She has a new exhibit at Toronto’s Spence Gallery, which specializes in contemporary expressions of Caribbean, Latin and African culture. […]

Fantastical creatures, a little like Manga

Ceramic artist Grace Eunmi Lee focuses on the unnoticed details of everyday life by fashioning curious shapes that represent microscopic dust. (Click on the image above for a close-up view) “Her fantastical creatures are reminiscent of manga or folkloric characters and give shape to that which is overlooked […]

Michael Paul Miller: The Human Survival Instinct

Michael Paul Miller‘s art explores the human ability to persevere, adapt and survive, especially when the path is perilous and the end is bleak.  (Above: The Calling, 2007) ‘The Migration’ (above, 2011) is an example of the tenacious humans he paints. My work explores the sublimity of existence […]

Alfonso Batalla: Existential Decay

Spanish photographer Alfonso Batalla’s Landscape Under Construction is a gripping series of bright, modern objects inserted into the darkness of decaying architecture. (Above, Prisoner Balls) -The Joy of Bankruptcy He considers this work existential, “showing the contradiction between ‘being oneself’ and ‘being there’ . . . and making […]