The Process+ Queen St. West+ Peter Gallagher?

Recently we installed two works downtown Toronto during (scotia bank) Nuit Blanche…. TIMEANDDESIRE’s operation was a going smoothly after the installation of a subversive sign on a side street underneath a series of ‘No’ signs… you can check the pic. HERE if you haven’t already seen it…however… it was taken down by morning… curiously we wonder by who?… (we need to put trackers on them)… any engineers out there willing to help?

The second piece was larger planned for a vacant window/building that has been vacant for sometime on Queen St. W. —- we thought it might get some notice…

As we put it up… we got a few stoppers by… questioning, watching, even assisting at one point… it was hilarious… I was complemented on my construction vest, of course, my most dashing look! (>_o).

Finally the work was wrapping up when a man stopped and asked…

MAN: what are you doing?
TIMEANDESIRE: An intervention… installation. 

He proceeded to tell us he owned the building and is renting it to TELUS next month… His look was striking… I scanned his face… I thought —why do I feel like I know him…? 
He must be on TV ?

MAN: What does it mean? I don’t get it? -he asked……
TIMEANDESIRE: Well…ah— we’re hoping you examine your life—Is your reality a series of reactions to your environment and the opportunities therein? Perhaps your life is not as much action, as it is re-action… (ultimately calling into question— choice)

He replied… ‘Well… I like it… it is something to think about… at least it is not graffiti…I’ll leave it up for a while…’

After he departed we couldn’t get over his familiar face… it came to us at home…

PETER GALLAGHER!  (We have no idea if it actually was him…) 

Does Gallagher own real-estate on Queen St. West in Toronto?

Or was that guy the most accidentally amazing Peter Gallagher look-a-like ever?

Or was he just acting out the part of the building owner (Peter himself/the unknown guy)— were we a two person audience to his performance art as he was a one person audience to us in that moment?

I guess we’ll never know….

Upcoming: August 2013

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TEXTING

Inspired by the various uses of language and symbol, Timeanddesire produces text-based art that aims to highlight the psychological, philosophical and poetic.

This body of work focuses on the relationship between language and cognition. Language contributes significantly in shaping how we perceive the world. Accordingly, much of this work can be seen as an attempt to utilize this conceptual framework to adjust and direct the ideology of the observer.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2013 (7PM - 11PM)

1172 Queen Street West

 

More details: http://www.gallerywest.info/upcoming.html

(2011) | www.timeanddesire.com

It’s official…we’ve finally taken the plunge and purchased a professional-grade vinyl cutter, and I cannot express how much this machine will improve the quality of our lives!

About a year ago now we took a chance on a less expensive machine. Sadly, the old adage “you get what you pay for” rang quite true in this particular instance. I could never get the computer and the cutter to communicate consistently…I would use a cavalcade of “Voodoo Logic”* and it would often take hours to establish communication. Once established, I would still randomly encounter problems importing a design into the cutting program. Again, isolating the specific problem was nearly impossible…

This new cutter is remarkably simple; it even has an Illustrator plugin, so cutting is now as easy as printing. We’ve definitely been having some fun with it, as can be seen in our previous post. These new works (as well as some others) will be going up shortly, so keep an eye out.

a new home

So…we’ve been experiencing slow load times with our Wordpress blog. After many attempted fixes, Denise and I have decided instead to begin posting on Tumblr in hopes that it improves the situation.

Over the next couple of days we’ll be adding posts that were previously created for our old blog, then we’ll resume with new posts.

Here’s to a better blogging experience (hopefully)!

TW

Last year Denise was afforded the opportunity to work with Arts Etobicoke, Community Living and Creative Village on the 3-year Art on the Move project (supported by the Trillium Foundation and Lakeshore Arts). Over the course of the summer/fall in 2010 she worked closely with intellectually disabled adults to create a mobile piece of public art.

The final production (a vinyl-wrapped cube truck) was launched this past June. 

Integral to the project was Graham Curry, Project Coordinator. Graham, an artist in her own right, chose artists for the project who were comfortable with public art. 

Recently, Denise and Graham were interviewed by Radio Canada International about the project. 

Click title to listen.

When I think about my life…. generally I become unconsoled with a social understanding of who I am — or what I am suppose to be in my 30 something-ith existence… I get lost in all the ‘amounts’ I feel I am to adhere to….

What do I amount to….

Who do you claim I am… 

How does that reflect in my bank account… 

What are my numbers…. a modern account of my amount. 

I always wondered…. if I got paid for my integrity, my courage, my spontaneous kindness… to a stranger…. a passer-by… what would my bank account behold…. and then I realize… as if for the first time - again…. THIS is not how life works…. or not how our capitalistic economy behaves … 

It cares not of your worldly knowledge, your demeanor, your ‘PATHOS’.

I admit… I can’t sell our car that just broke down to anyone —- I just cant fuck someone over like that… there I said it… call me what you wish… but when I look at the constructs of the world in which I live… I would like nothing more than to tear them down and rebuild… 

To rebuild what?  is the question….

If the world we live in is the best we have mustered to create… and I feel alien walking around in it…

Then, what is the better construct…

That— I will leave for you… 

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OBJECTively Speaking (2011) | www.timeanddesire.com

Lately Denise and I have decided to take an experience that everyone shares and have a little fun with it. It stems from the human brain’s remarkable ability to recognize faces. This ability is often extended beyond actual faces, allowing us to readily “see” faces that do not exist. This phenomenon is known as Pareidolia.

We thought we’d give a voice to the many faces we see…

…or perhaps we’re just trying to compensate for a society that often times turns faces (and the people to which they belong) into objects…either way, here’s the first two instantiations.

(2011) | www.timeanddesire.com

The preparation is on….The studio is all a flames with groundwork for some summer interventions… as Tim and I sit back and ‘Jam’ …. which is our new word for idea sharing, brainstorming and exploration… we have chatted countless ideas into being… If there was only time for all his ideas— all my ideas— and all our ideas to come to fruition….. we would have an unending surplus of work flowing like a factory…

Unfortunately… the essentials of life get in the way…. work, food, shelter, laundry and serving the cat… (6_6)…

Although not complete… here is a sneak peak of  some works in process….

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Thought I would share a video we found particularly inspirational. It’s the latest instantiation of Symphony of Science. Hope you enjoy!

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Pathways 01 (2010) | www.timeanddesire.com

This work was a journey… and in that way… so too, is the video documentation of it…

The video was edited by Timothy and it is a back and forth view of the installtion and end outcome of the largest work I have done to date last summer (2010)…. Tim played key rolls in the installation and technical aspects of this work.  Along with the help of my older brother Jim St Marie who also assisted with the installation….

After two trips to Vegas with my family who were vacationing there in 2009.   While visiting I was drawn to the glass bridges that stretched back and forth over Las Vegas Blvd connecting pedestrians to casino’s and shopping malls.  I set my sights on a brand new bridge that connected the ‘Prada Shopping Centre’ to ‘Planet Hollywood Shopping Centre’.  And, with the help of my 70 year old mother Lynn, we measured and photographed every detail of it. Props to supportive family members!… however they do think I am a little off… but it is their gene pool in action (>_o).

Additionally  and undeniably the monetary support from the Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant allowed me to complete this ambitious installation.

All told, this work is a coalessing of many integral parts of my life to date…

And when I look at it… it reminds me…. not to stop moving forward… not to stop pushing the barriers of what I think  is possible with my art…
And now as Timothy becomes more involved with the work… not to put limits on our new collaborative efforts either….

What we all ‘Drive Upon Expands’…. As an individual….

As a group…
As a village…
As a city…
As a country…
As a culture…
As a society…
As a world…

Upon reflection the installation teaches me new lessons every-time I look at it…
For better and for worse…

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Pathways 02 (2011) | www.timeanddesire.com

Stuck amongst traffic — several years ago… I realized how much I disliked the rat race… However, the neural connects fired with endless ideas… at every sign, bridge, overpass and open embankment I encountered…

While on route, I obsessed over the falling transport truck sign… in my mind a little person always was caught and crushed by the truck as I passed.

Later on, in the middle of a brainstorming discussion with Tim, I told him about my vision– of the person being caught in the crunch of the falling truck…
I drew it out…

Tim looked at the drawing and saw the opposite… as well as the very thing the work needed…. He stated,

“I don’t see him being crushed by the burden… actually… it is more like the person is  helping, or holding the truck up… it’s a powerful image.”

Through disillusionment and wonder…
Somber and inspirational discussions…
Pathways 02 was created….

(Recently, and after a long  purgatory — the piece was realized…)

As of my last trip by it, Friday (May, 13/11), it  still remained untouched… driving east on the 401 at the point the 401 merges north to the 427…

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