Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Here's a sneak peak of my upArt installation in progress. I will be exhibiting a wall of nine 20"x 20" multi-layered and laser cut prints titled "Minima Artificialia". They will be presented along with several screenprinted Japanese paper cutouts. I have printed 27 in total and they vary in colour. Here they are all laid out at the studio -Open Studio 401 Richmond Street. Come to the gala at the Gladstone Hotel on Friday evening from 7pm to midnight. If you can't make it on Friday it will be up for 4 days October 22-25th so check it out!

upArt Contemporary Art Fair

upArt Contemporary Art Fair


“…the transformation of site achieved here rings anticipatory notes of curiouser things to come in further installments of this new event.”
- Stephanie Vegh, MAP magazine, U.K. 2008

When is upArt?
Thursday October 22 to Sunday October 25, 2009
(Event coincides with 10th Anniversary of Art Toronto (formerly TIAF))
Exhibition hours:
Thurs Oct 22 4pm – 8pm PREVIEW
Fri Oct 23 12pm – 11pm
Sat Oct 24 12pm – 7pm
Sun Oct 25 12pm – 5pm
Gala Reception Fri Oct 23 7-11pm – with live performances and DJ

What does it cost to attend upArt?
Exhibition Entry $8.00* (includes exhibition guide)


ROOM FOR WONDER – Panel Discussion – Sat Oct 24 11am-1pm – Gladstone Ballroom – Free

Panelists discuss contemporary implications of collecting, curiosity, and wonder.

Carla Garnet – Toronto curator and art consultant
Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins – Toronto artists and collaborators
Catherine Heard – Toronto artist and educator
Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot

“THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE”...and Dikkie Dee’s Badass Return!

Sun Oct 25 – Departs from upArt/Gladstone Hotel at 12:30pm/Departs art Toronto/Metro Convention Centre at 3 pm

AGYU Performances Bus drives the spaces between upART and Art Toronto. Artist Ulysses Castellanos will take you on the ride of your life as he leads you on a bizarre tour of Toronto.

If you like ice cream-stick around to witness DIKKIE DEE’S BADAAASS RETURN!

www.yorku.ca/agyu www.ulyssesdadabase.com


NEXT lounge at Art TorontoAncillary projects by Diane Gougeon, Bonnie Marin, TH&B and Achim Zeman provide at glimpse of more curiosities to come when you visit upArt Rooms of Wonder at the Gladstone Hotel.



Room Installations:

· Carl Bouchard Chicoutimi QC
· Marie A. Côté and Olivier Girouard Montreal QC presented by New Adventures in Sound Art
· Diane Gougeon Montreal QC
· Robert Hengeveld Toronto ON curated by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects
· Bonnie Marin Winnipeg MB curated by Mary Reid
· Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins Toronto ON
· Julian Montague Buffalo NY presented by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center www.hallwalls.org, curated by John Massier
· Alexander Moyle Toronto ON
· Jérôme Ruby Montreal QC curated by Galerie Donald Browne
· Red Head Gallery Toronto ON
· Janet Bellotto www.janetbellotto.com
· Paula Braswell web.mac.com/paulabrasw/PAULA_BRASWELL_/Short_Bio.html
· Jane Martin
· Jean Bridge
· Laura Cunningham
· Lynne Heller
· Joan Kaufman
· Margie Kelk
· Ram Samocha
· Elaine Whittaker

Public Space Installations:

· Elizabeth D’Agostino Toronto ON
· Stephanie Cormier Toronto ON

· Achim Zeman Cologne Germany curated by Lausberg Contemporary Toronto/Düsseldorf
· Catherine Heard Toronto ON
· TH&B Collective Hamilton ON
· Jennie Suddick for The Canadian Society for Explorers of Contemporary Natural Heritage Toronto ON

Who produces upArt?
upArt is produced by: The Gladstone Hotel
2009 Edition curated by Barbara Gilbert and Chris Mitchell.
* 2009 Guest curator Barbara Gilbert is a Toronto artist, arts writer and educator.
* Chris Mitchell is the Director of Exhibitions at the Gladstone Hotel.

For curatorial and/or press information contact:
Chris Mitchell
(+1) 416.531.4635 ext. 7105

Friday, July 17, 2009

LOOP Gallery is moving from it's Queen Street location to 1273 Dundas Street( near Dovercourt. We've taken possession of the new space and the LOOP Collective has been busy renovating the the space...lots and lots of demolition! We have all been working hard tearing down walls, floors and rebuilding the gallery. It's looking great and we hope to be up and running by the end of August just in time for the first exhibition in the new space. Check back soon for new updates!

LOOP Gallery - New location

Here's Mark, Richard and Linda discussing the day's strategy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Here's a pic of Gillian Willans, a great painter from Edmonton who was set up across from me.

Here's Abel setting up the booth.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square July 10-12, 2009

Thanks to everyone who visited me at TOAE this at Nathan Phillips Square. It was another great year and despite Saturday mornings rain, the weather held up.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, July 10-12

Visit me at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square July 10-12. I'll be in the green section close to the Queen Street entrance booth #337. Hope to see you there!

Free Admission
Friday 10:30am-7:30pm
Saturday 10:30am-7:30pm
Sunday 10:30am-6:30pm
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, On

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Open Portfolio at SGC

Here are pics of Emma and I participating in Open Portfolio at SGC. So much great work to look at!

Nancy Jacobi and Sigrid Blohm from the Japanese Paper Place, Toronto selling their wonderful paper at the SGC Trade Fair.

Mark Bovey from NASCAD presenting at the Canadian/American panel.

Canadian/ American Printmaking: Cross Fertilization or Cultural Imperialism

The Canadian printmaking panel at SGC. This panel examines Canadian contemporary printmaking and the question of cross-fertilization or American cultural imperialism between our two cultures. Each panelist's discussed how has culture influenced their work as practicing artists both visually and technically from the perspectives of working and teaching in Canada. Here's an Walter Jule image projected onto the large screen.

A great altered book arts piece at Columbia College Center for Book Arts and Paper. All the books are sanded down to resemble little beach rocks.

......and here's the finished product with a bit of text.

The screen is placed on the wet paper sheet and paper pulp tinted with colour is sprayed onto the rooster stencil.

The paper is being couched onto a wet surface.

Here's a papermaking demo with pulp screen printing at Columbia College Center for Book Arts.

This is another great Public Art Sculpture not far from Anish Kapoor's. There are fountain spouts where the mouths are located. They are doing some maintenance work on the fountains so they weren't operational. If you look at the faces long enough you will witness them blinking and and smiling.

One more pic ..... my reflection!
Jill and Emma taking some snapshots from underneath the arch of the sculpture.

We managed to get outside and leave the conference site to check out other venues and some of the galleries. We spent alot of time enjoying the Anish Kapoor sculpture along Michigan mile. It looked amazing from every direction and captured the city in it's reflection.
Here's pic of from one of the panel "Printmaking with Extreme Technology
This panel included an international group of artists who use extreme technology to make works that can only be called prints, but that are far removed from traditional printmaking techniques. This is recent print by Leslie Dill that involves LEDs and laser cut paper (3D printing).

printing the plates

We had a busy 4 days listening to panel discussions, watching demos and seeing alot of prints. Here's a pic from one of the demos on multi-plate registration with polymer film.

I really loved this portfolio and it's unique format. Here's a wonderful lithograph by Michael Barnes.

Southern Graphics Conference

I recently came back from Chicago where I attended the annual Southern Graphics Conference hosted by Columbia College. I travelled with Jill, Emma and Jocelyn all from Open Studio www.openstudio.on.ca. Chicago and the conference was great! Here's a couple of pics from one of the many portfolios on exhibit.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Studio Renovation

Abel and I will be renovating the studio soon, just in time for spring. The hard floors are ready but we aren't. I'm looking forward to a better working space. Check back soon for updates!

New project on the horizon

I have started to learn how to needle felt. It's a bit of a different direction for me but I've had this bag of sheep's wool for ages now. I'm hoping to make some 3 dimensional objects based on my drawings. We'll see what happens.

Southern Graphics Conference

Check back soon for updates. I'll be heading to 38th Annual SGC Conference: Command Print this month. It's in Chicago this year at Columbia College. www.southerngraphics.org

Here's the finished print " Tracing the New Sightlines".

Here's a couple more pics of the gang printing!

Visiting Artist at the Univeristy of South Dakota, Vermillion

I'm always reading everyone else's blog so I thought I would join the rest of the world and create my very own blog too. So here I am with my first official post. I'll do my best to keep you posted with all my current happenings studio stuff!

Last April (2008), I was invited by my good friend and colleague John Timothy Pizzuto. JT and I worked together at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida and he know heads up the Print Department at USD. So off I went to join JT and Patti at the Ponderosa! I seem to have all these friends who have these wonderful abodes in the most remote areas and I find myself always asking "how did you ever find this place?" Anyways, it's always nice to break from the bustling city.....so let's get back to the visit.

I spent a week editioning with the USD Grad students and JT. What a great experience it was working with the students. They worked really hard taking shifts assisting me in between chatting about their grad experience and their journey to USD.

Between all of the plates, screens and monotypes, I think there were about 10 layers and found myself working right down to wire. Here's a pic of Raina pulling one of the first layers of monotype.

Saturday, February 28, 2009


Hi Everyone, thanks for visiting my blog. My website is almost complete and will go live fairly soon. Check out www.elizabethdagostino.com.