The Moss Men of Bejar

There is a local legend in Béjar dating back to the 12th century during the reign of King Alfonso VIII of Castile in which local men are said to have camouflaged themselves in moss gathered from the local forests so as to hide their approach to the gates of a Muslim fortress. So the legend goes,  under the cover of darkness they waited for the drawbridge to open and then ambushed the guards before taking the town.  The guards are said to have retreated in terror after seeing the appearance of the moss-men who they believed were monsters. To this day,  there is an annual Corpus Cristi parade in Béjar in which the local townspeople cover themselves in moss and march through the streets of Béjar. 


 

The Moss man parade takes place every June during the Corpus Cristi parade.  The locals are said to through flower petals on the Moss men and women as they walk past.  I will be in Béjar this June during the parade and I'm hoping to be a participant! The parade takes place during my residency and exhibition Re/Inquisition: Return to the Fortress at El Casino Obrero/ Museo Judio David Melul in Béjar Spain. 




 Hopefully by the end of June I will have my own photos of me covered from head to toe in Moss, walking through the streets of my ancestral village.  In the meantime,  I have begun a series of Moss Woman portraits. 

 



Moss Woman

20" x 16"

oil on panel

2019

$850


(please contact artist to inquire about purchase) 

 

This self portrait from my Aura Portrait series,  explores feelings of vulnerability in returning to a land where my ancestors experienced persecution and expulsion.  Inspired by the Moss men tradition, I am creating self portraits in which I am protected and camouflaged as I return to Béjar.

 

 


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View of Bejar By Ventura Lirios

 

was originally commissioned by the Duke of Béjar in the the 18th century.  The original painting is currently located in Seville in the Duke's permanent collection.  Painted by emigrated Italian painter Ventura Lirios,  there are many reproductions of this painting found all over Béjar.  The painting contains a details aerial view of the town and numbered legend of important landmarks such as the Duccal palace and the Moorish fortress walls, as well as a reference to the legend of the Moss Men of Béjar. 


View of Béjar,  By Ventura Lirios


Detail of View of Béjar



Detail of View of Béjar

 

As I prepare for my solo exhibition at El Obrero Casino Ateneo Cultural produced by the Museo Judio David Melul of Béjar,  I have been studying this painting through google images and have been re-interpretating the landscape through my own neo-expressionist abstract lens.  


 

Original painting by Julie Gladstone 

Hommage to Ventura Lirios (View of Béjar)

48" x 48"  

oil on canvas

2019

$3,500

 

(please contact artist to inquire about purchase) 


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This summer I have the opportunity to visit Béjar, the medieval village in the mountainous region of Castille y Leon in Spain where my Sephardic Jewish ancestors lived 500 years ago before being expelled during the Spanish Inquisition in 1492.  


During a 6 week residency, I will be living in Béjar,  painting and preparing for my first International solo exhibition 'Re/Inquisition: Return to the Fortress' produced with the support of the Museo Judio David Melul at El Casino Obrero Ateneo Cultural. 

The work that I make during my residency will explore themes related to land and the meaning of home following a history of displacement and diaspora,  as well as themes related to cultural borders, contemplative practice, healing and reconciliation through re-connection to land. 

Following it's presentation in Spain, Re/Inquisition: Return to the Fortress will be presented as a 3-month solo exhibition at Museum of Jewish Montreal in January 2020 as part of their contemporary arts programming series Inside/Out(Dedans/Dehors)  

During my residency I will  engage with the environment and walk along the same ancient fortress walls and roads as my ancestors. I will be creating a series of paintings as well as gathering research and samples of rocks and minerals to create my own pigments.  and producing a short film documenting my experience of re-inquisition into my ancestral homeland.  


I have created a Gofundme page! 

 

By supporting this project you will be assisting me with some of the high costs associated with exhibiting Internationally including shipping fees, travel costs, insurance and purchasing art materials.  All  funds will also go towards the development of this very meaningful body of work for exhibition in Spain  at the Museum of Jewish Montreal. 

My residency and exhibition in Spain will take place over the months of May and June 2019. I have applied for funding from the Canada Arts Council, however the grant results will not be delivered until July.  For this reason,  I am extremely grateful for any and all support of this project that I receive leading up to my departure in May. 

To follow along on my journey,  I will share stories, videos and photos about my residency, history about the town and exhibition info on this blog.  

 

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Surface Tension

January 18 - March 3, 2019

Karen Miranda Abel, Atelier Mey, Douglas Coupland, Julie Gladstone, Robert Hengeveld, Colin Hill, Lisa Hirmer, Eva Kolcze, Lisa Myers, Polymetis, Eli Schwanz, and Unit Lab

Curated by DesignTO

Reception: Friday, January 25, 7-10pm

‘Surface Tension’ is a group exhibition showcasing the work of a dozen local and international designers and artists. It explores the forces at work on water, and considers water’s many dualities.

Exploring the theme of water from material, aesthetic, cultural, political, poetic, and ecological perspectives, ‘Surface Tension’ seeks to engage a range of topics integral to thinking about water in its broadest senses. These include habitat, climate change, waste, value, survival, access, place, and beauty, expressed in film and video, sculpture, installation, functional objects, and photography. The exhibition asks how the attributes of, and tensions within, water manifest within contemporary culture as both a physical substance and salient topic.

This exhibition is curated by DesignTO, and co-presented with Harbourfront Centre. It is generously supported by the British Council and the Government of Ontario.

 

PROFILES

Based in Miami, Florida, Atelier Mey is a collective of architects who enjoy confronting the circumstance of architecture. The architecture is conscious and generative—it is actively engaged in setting and curious of the novel. The work of Atelier Mey is committed to design excellence. Projects are realized at varying scales and range from the intimacy of the human body to the assemblage of architecture into urbanism. Rooted in pedagogical frameworks, academic inquiries act as provocations for the practice of Atelier Mey, while the firm engages in both speculative and built work. The work is inherently sustainable, and dedicated to craft. Christopher Meyer, AIA, and Shawna Meyer, AIA, are the firm’s founding principles, first collaborating on material explorations and the design and making of a series of small scaled built artifacts and furniture pieces in 2010.

ateliermey.net
pa36.net

 

Douglas Coupland is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, as well as the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Sapporo, Japan, and the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy. Coupland’s work has been exhibited in numerous international group shows and has completed several public commissions, including the Terry Fox Memorial in Vancouver and Monument to the War of 1812 in Toronto. Coupland’s first major survey exhibition, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2014 and travelled to Toronto in winter 2015, showing at both the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. In the fall of 2015, Coupland had a solo show, Bit Rot, at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. Bit Rot travelled to Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, in the fall of 2016. In spring 2016 Coupland’s work was on view at Whitechapel Gallery as part of the exhibition Electronic Superhighway curated by Omar Kholeif. His work can be found in the collections of the University of British Columbia, Glenbow Museum (Calgary), Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston), the Albright Knox (Buffalo), and the Confederation Centre (Charlottetown). Coupland was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014. He lives and works in Vancouver.

coupland.com

 

Julie Gladstone is a Canadian artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation, with a BFA from Concordia University. Recipient of the Artscape Award, CSCE Emerging Artist Award, a Toronto Arts Council grant, residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point, and SIM residency in Iceland, Gladstone’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, USA, and Iceland. Her installation Extreme Cloud Gazing at the Grow-Op received media attention from CBC Arts and The Guardian, and support from the Ontario Arts Council. A survey of her work was recently exhibited at the Department of Canadian Heritage.

juliegladstone.com

 

Robert Hengeveld is an installation and media artist whose work explores the boundaries between reality and fiction. This has often taken shape through the manipulation of familiar environments: a rotating tree, a floating shopping cart, or a street lamp that occasionally breaks out into a flickering Morse Code.

He now lives in Newfoundland where he teaches at Memorial University. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Past exhibitions include Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY), Art Athina (Athens, GC), The Power Plant (Toronto, ON), Mercer Union (Toronto, ON), Mulherin New York (NYC, NY), and Opinion Makers (London, UK).

Hengeveld is represented by Katharine Mulherin.

roberthengeveld.com

 

In the region between things, we find a place where the thing, as it has existed until now, becomes something else. Breaking down, or open, or through, a (new)thing emerges from this transition and revolution. Colin Hill is drawn to this place of potent meaning: the region between. He uses the materials and surfaces of the everyday, exploring ways to fit things together to create some(new)thing. Like dust bunnies, things gather in the periphery of our path and at the corners of our lives, and lie hidden in our shadows.

memoryshapes.com

 

Lisa Hirmer is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans visual media and social practice. She is primarily concerned with collective relationships—that which exists between things—in communities and publics, as well as in our relationships with the more-than-human world. She has shown her work across Canada and internationally including at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Cambridge Art Galleries, Third Space, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Peninsula Arts (UK), CAFKA, Queens Museum (USA), and Flux Factory (USA). She is currently based in Guelph, Ontario.

lisahirmer.ca

 

Eva Kolcze is a Toronto-based artist who creates films and installations that investigate landscape, architecture, and the body. Her work has screened at venues and festivals including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Anthology Film Archives, the Gardiner Museum, Nuit Blanche, Cinémathèque québécoise, Birch Contemporary, International Rotterdam Film Festival, and the Images Festival. She holds a BFA from OCAD University and an MFA from York University.

evakolcze.com

 

Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Her recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation, and performance. Her participatory performances involve sharing berries and other food items in social gatherings reflecting on the value found in place and displacement: straining and absorbing. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation. She is based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.

lisarosemyers.com

 

Polymétis was established in 2014 by Nicholas Croft and Michaela MacLeod. Both formally-trained as architects, they work at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and art. They share a mutual interest in land and the environment, with a focus on nautical geography, which is a primary source of inspiration. Each project is approached with an awareness of the influences that create our surrounding environment, and how those forces may be constructed or controlled to reveal a familiar territory or space from an unusual perspective. The studio’s site-specific projects focus on making and experimental production that inspire new fields of exploration.

polymetis.net

 

Eli Schwanz received his BFA from the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University, and his MFA from the OCAD University. His work focuses on animation in potential forms and contexts, as well as its representation and exploration in alternative media, including installation, light, sculpture, and video. Schwanz has been profiled by Vice and CBC, and has been an artist-in-residence at The Drake Hotel and exhibitionist-in-residence at the CBC. Exhibitions include the Chromatic Festival, Gardiner Museum, Animocje Poland, and Onsite Gallery.

elischwanz.com

 

Unit Lab is a design studio based in London, UK, founded by Cindy Strobach and Mike Vanis. Together they design products and installations that make science relevant on a personal level, taking it out of the lab and bringing it into our daily routines. Unit Lab creates products, installations, and workshops for schools, museums, and cultural institutions.







WTFDYP / ALL THOSE LINES, ANNUAL PAINTING SHOW

THE GLADSTONE HOTEL

 

 

 

 

I'm excited to be exhibiting a painting from my new

"Extreme Weather Magic Carpets"  series in The Gladstone Hotel’s Annual Group Painting Show! 

 

 

Opening Reception: Thursday Nov. 8th 2018. RSVP

 

 



Climate change getting you down? You may be in need of an extreme weather Magic Carpet.

 

"Mondrian Electric Storm (Magic Carpet)

"48" x 36" 

oil on panel

2018

$3,200


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The Gladstone's 4th annual Why the @#&! do you paint? (#WTFDYP2018) group painting show introduces 'All Those Lines'. Perhaps it is formal and fixed to the variance, thickness or texture of the line. Maybe meandering between literal and conceptual boundaries drawn to between places and ideas. All Those Lines looks at how we employ line and line-making in our creative work. Where it is often said to “stay behind the line, colour within the lines, or read between the lines,” WTFDYP looks to cross the line this fall in the Gladstone Hotel's 2nd Floor Gallery.
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Join us for the Opening Reception of #WTFDYP2018 on November 8th 7-10pm in our 2nd Floor Gallery Gladstone Hotel
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October 30th - December 2th, 2018

12-5pm daily 


2018 Participation:
Maia Bidochka, Shea Chang, Irit Epstein, Esther Esquivel, Isabel Fryszberg, Inga Gircyte, Julie Gladstone, Marion Griese, Paul Guzman, Jose Miguel Hernandez, Hilary Hung, Melanie Keay, Chaewon Kim, Emma Lau, Gabrielle Leighton, Mac Lenters, Lori Meeboer, Alex Murphy, Steven Papadopoulos, Jane Moon Play, Claudia Rynkowski, Julia Szabo, Lesia Szyca, Jasper Urbina, Janine Wheeler
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Curators: Spencer J Harrison + Lukus Toane

The Gladstone’s Annual Group Painting Show
Exhibition Date(s): October 30th - December 2th 12-5pm daily / 2018 Opening Reception: Thurs. November 8th, 2018 (7-10pm)

The Gladstone's 4th annual Why the @#&! do you paint? (#WTFDYP2018) group painting show introduces 'All Those Lines'. Perhaps it is formal and fixed to the variance, thickness or texture of the line. Maybe meandering between literal and conceptual boundaries drawn to between places and ideas. All Those Lines looks at how we employ line and line-making in our creative work. Where it is often said to “stay behind the line, colour within the lines, or read between the lines,” WTFDYP looks to cross the line this fall in the Gladstone Hotel's 2nd Floor Gallery.

Join us for the Opening Reception of #WTFDYP2018 on November 8th 7-10pm in our 2nd Floor Gallery Gladstone Hotel

2018 Participation:
Maia Bidochka, Shea Chang, Irit Epstein, Esther Esquivel, Isabel Fryszberg, Inga Gircyte, Julie Gladstone, Marion Griese, Paul Guzman, Jose Miguel Hernandez, Hilary Hung, Melanie Keay, Chaewon Kim, Emma Lau, Gabrielle Leighton, Mac Lenters, Lori Meeboer, Alex Murphy, Steven Papadopoulos, Jane Moon Play, Claudia Rynkowski, Julia Szabo, Lesia Szyca, Jasper Urbina, Janine Wheeler

Curators: Spencer J Harrison + Lukus Toane


TAROT THEMED EXHIBITION

 

PHYLOGENY CONTEMPORARY

2718 Elliot Ave, Seattle, Washington USA 

 

I have two pieces included in this Tarot card themed exhibition and fundraiser for Medecins Sans Frontieres at Phylogeny Contemporary.  

 

Opening Reception is October 31st, 2018

 

 
The Moon

30" x 30" 

oil on panel 

2017

$2,500



Install View at Phylogeny Contemporary



The Sun

30" x 30" 

oil on panel 

2018

$2,500


GREEN MAJORITY PODCASTI was recently invited to speak on The Green Majority, on an eco-artist roundtable on CIUT which is now available as a Podcast 
STUDIO SALE This week I'm having having a studio sale! I've made a secret catalogue on my website with over 40 paintings spanning from 2011 - 2017 and I'm selling work at studio prices for the month of October. If you're interested in checking it out here is the link