Art

ELISHA LIM | THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE MODELS #3

While Elisha Lim is often recognized for the graphic novel “100 Butches” — a collection of queer portraits and anecdotes amassed while travelling around the world — the Toronto-based artist also has some curatorial experiences to talk about, and shares both some of Syrus Marcus Ware’s curatorial take on the matter and

It's Donald Trump, and he's lost his trousers.

We have been a big fan of Mel Elliott of I LOVE MEL ever since we featured her colouring book, Colour Me Good, Ryan Gosling, years ago. So you can't imagine our excitement when we found out about her free, paper doll download of Donald Trump!

MARC-ANDRÉ GIGUÉRE | THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE MODELS #2

From Montreal’s Marc-André Giguère’s artist standpoint, not only is art curating changing its definition or reason to be, but so are the arts. “The arts don’t have the same reason to be nowadays. We see it differently now. There was a time when artistic movements came one after the others and we would discover something new with each period of time. I think today isn’t so much about that anymore. It has mainly come down to styles.”

FOCUS | NOA GRIFFEL

Noa Griffel delved into photography and digital imaging at an early age, receiving her BFA in Photography at the age of 17. During an internship at Atlantic Records, her talent was discovered by Lyor Cohen during his time as North American Chairman and CEO of Recorded Music for WMG. Noa now shoots for a variety music and fashion industry clients and her work has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue China, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour UK, Tatler, Grazia and Elle. Noa also holds an MFA in Computer Art from The School of Visual Arts.

MEDIAH | IN PERPETUAL MOTION #1

Expression being a fundamental human quality, it should come as no surprise many artists find a voice through graffiti. For Mediah, one of Toronto’s pioneer artists, his work is intended to have a spiritual aspect. “You’re supposed to feel it on the inside; it’s supposed to give something to you.” Experimenting with different mediums is what inspired his pseudonym. In his early work, he thought he could do graffiti with any medium, on any media.

SYRUS MARCUS WARE | THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE MODELS #1

“Researching and considering what people are making and what’s going on out in the world and putting together a thoughtful argument that tells a story, gives a certain point of view or suggests something by bringing together artists and works.” That’s Syrus Marcus Ware’s definition of curating. As a visual artist and community activist, the Torontonian was definitely interested in being an artist and went to school to study art history, grow his own practice and incorporate activism through his creative process.

Alice In Montreal

It’s around this time of year that my daily craving for iced coffee is replaced by a craving for a nice mug of tea. But just like McLuhan talked about the medium being the message, I think the vessel plays a big part in the beverage experience. Alice in Montreal is a small Montreal-based company that produces beautiful personalized mugs that are hand-painted with chalk porcelain paint. Whether you want to rep your country, city, or even neighbourhood, company owner Aurélia Turon-Lagot can make it happen.

CREATIVE DIFFERENCES | ROUND VI

ION Magazine and Grolsch are proud to present the sixth installment of CREATIVE DIFFERENCES, a series of interactive art competitions where teams of artists compete against each other for 2 hours of live painting on large canvases. The guests determine the winner of the competition, and the prize is $1000 in cold-hard-cash. Creative Differences started in 2014, with parties in both Vancouver and Toronto.

CREATIVE DIFFERENCES | ROUND V | RECAP

The fifth edition of interactive art series, CREATIVE DIFFERENCES Presented by Grolsch and ION happened in Vancouver on October 1st at The Hindenburg, and there was some tough competition in this round. Five art teams had two hours to complete a mural with the theme of fear, phobias, and horror. 

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