With a Federal election underway and Canadians going to the polls on October 19th, there is an uncharacteristic surge of passionate discussion taking place across Canada. The majority of Canadians desire a government that better reflects our values and priorities. We want our humane, generous, just and peaceful Canada back. We want our freedom of speech and democracy back.
Something to Think About’s inaugural project VOTE is an exhibition of text-based works by some of Canada’s most talented artists and designers. All of the works speak subtly or overtly to a desire for change; for leaving the past behind; and for freedom of expression and democracy.
VOTE is intended to inspire hope, and to encourage people to participate in the democratic process at a critical moment in our collective history.
Lisa is a designer who has worked in the cultural sector in Toronto since 1994. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing from Queen¹s University and studied design at Seneca College and OCAD University. Her studio, Lisa Kiss Design, was established in the summer of 2000. The studio has won awards for book design, identity creation and a variety of other projects and has been privileged to work with some of the most innovative producers of art and culture in Canada. (Photo: Guntar Kravis)
Lisa Klapstock is a lens-based artist, the founder of Something to think about: and the curator of VOTE.
Born in Wolfville (NS) and raised in Saint John (NB), Chris Lloyd graduated from NSCAD, Halifax (NS), and has resided in Montreal (QC) since 2007. With a politically oriented art practice, Lloyd has been working on the project Dear PM since 2001, which involves writing daily email to the Prime Minister of Canada. He was the short-lived candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in Papineau, where he is now running as an Independent in the upcoming Federal Election. He maintains another performative alter-ego called Everyday Goalie, where he pops up unexpectedly in typically Canadian locations.
Toronto-based Kelly Mark received her BFA in 1994 at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and has exhibited widely across Canada, and internationally. She is represented in numerous private, corporate, and public collections including The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and Le Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Mark works in a variety of media including: sculpture, video, installation, drawing, photography, sound, multiples, performance & public interventions.
John Marriott is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Toronto. He is represented by MKG127. His performances, interventions, videos, installations, sculptures and images have been featured in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally in venues such as The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery; The Rotterdam International Festival of Film and Video; The ZKM; The Toronto Sculpture Garden (Toronto, 2006); Optica; and Transmediale.
Sean Martindale is an internationally recognized Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. His interventions activate public spaces to encourage engagement, and often focus on ecological and social issues. Martindale’s playful works suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in urban environments. Frequently, he uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction. Martindale’s projects have been featured broadly online, as well as in print, radio, broadcast television and film. (Photo: Cindy Blažević)
Pascal Paquette produces site- and context-specific works using painting, design, graffiti, street art and photography. His art has been exhibited, commissioned and published internationally and locally, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) and at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). He lives in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cindy Blažević)
Chris Parsons is a Toronto Artist and Entrepreneur with a background in Graphic Design and Digital Marketing. He makes images even when no one is paying him and believes that Brigitte DePage is a Canadian Hero.
Laura Repo is a singer-songwriter and community arts “activator”. She has released 3 recordings and has a Juno nomination for her 2011 recording “Get Yourself Home” (OK, for the album art, but it was spectacular!).
Kingi Carpenter is a fabric designer and print maker. She was the founder of the popular retail boutique, Peach Berserk, which she ran for almost 2 decades on Queen West. She continues to make custom dresses and has taught 1000’s of people how to silkscreen, including Laura Repo.
Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak work collaboratively in video, performance, installation and photo-text. They are co-founders of the award-winning media arts centre Vtape, and long-time anti-censorship activists. Their work is exhibited internationally and resides in many collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Among their numerous awards are a Governor General's Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts and an Honourary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). Steele and Tomczak teach at the University of Toronto where Steele is Associate Chair of Visual Studies. (Photo: Paul Wong)
Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker collaborate under the moniker Timeanddesire, creating work that addresses perception, cognition and socially engaged installations. They have done numerous outdoor interventions both nationally and internationally. Their work has been exhibited in various galleries and shows including Nuit Blanche Toronto, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Toronto Urban Film Festival, Latcham Art Gallery and Art Souterrain in Montreal. St Marie attained a BFA from the University of Victoria. Walker received a BA in Philosophy from U of T. As of September 2015 St Marie & Walker have embarked on a collaborative MFA at the University of Waterloo.
Ellyn Walker is a writer and curator based between Toronto and Kingston, on Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wendat land. Her writing has been published in many journals including Prefix Photo, BlackFlash Magazine, PUBLIC Journal, the Journal of Curatorial Studies, Fuse and CMagazine. Her work explores the politics of resistance, re-imagination and (re)conciliation between cross-cultural communities in the arts, in particular, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Ellyn is currently a PhD candidate at Queen's University in the Cultural Studies program. (Photo: Cindy Blažević)