Thank You Toronto

Posted by Scott

It was a pleasure as always to visit Toronto, I really appreciate everyone who came out to the Function 13 gallery and the show afterward at Nocturne, I had a great time at both. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera (it’s a long story, but some last minute baggage issues didn’t leave room) so I don’t have many pics from the night. Luckily, Sean Pollock from The Buzzout Room (a great radio station by the way, you can stream it here) brought along his Canon 5D MK2 and got a couple shots of the gallery (shown above).

A couple others brought out their cameras — among them Bram Timmer who also has a 5D MK2, I was pretty jealous — so I’ll try to get some shots from them and post up a full set of the gallery. If anyone has some decent shots let me know.

As you can see I went with the bulldog clips for mounting the prints. Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions in the original gallery post. I experimented with neodymium magnets but had some issues with grip, the posters kept slipping from between them. I ended up spray painting bulldog clips white and hanging them over long, thin nails so that the piece stood off the wall a little. There is a strip of 2″ tall foamcore that runs the width of the print clipped behind each at the top and bottom. This helped straighten everything out and give a “mounted” feel without the need to damage the back print. I was really pleased with the results, under the gallery lighting the whole thing really came off dramatic. The lack of a frame and the inch between the wall and the print really made the piece feel more accessible and hilighted the texture and feel of the Hahnemühle German Etching paper. Thanks again to the guys from Function 13 for helping out with everything.

If you missed the gallery opening night you can still catch the show, it will be up until mid-January at Function 13 Gallery, 156 Augusta Ave Toronto. If you were there and missed out on getting a piece before it sold, some of the designs can be had at the ISO50 Studio Shop or the ISO50 Merchline Shop.

Thanks again, see you all again in April at FITC Toronto.

15 Comments Leave A Comment


RA_OUL says:

November 23, 2009 at 7:03 am

Looks like the show was a success! Your showcased work looks stunning and really dynamic with the white bulldog clips. I love how the posters came out.


Ross says:

November 23, 2009 at 8:09 am

Great looking gallery space, Scott. Love the bulldog clips, and the floating effect they give to the posters.

Regarding your re-working of the older designs, I’d be really interested to hear a bit about the process at some point, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that.

Glad the show was a success, I’ll be at the next one if they invent trans-Atlantic teleportation anytime soon. Or if you come to Liverpool.

Thanks for the continued inspiration.


misfit says:

November 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

yay, knitting factory belongs to me!
i’m looking forward to picking that up in the new year :)

great show, very inspiring
thanks a lot for coming to toronto!!!


Joaquim Marquès Nielsen says:

November 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm

That technique really makes the artwork stand out from the wall without interruptning anything. Really nice – also to be able to follow the research surrounding it.

I bet it was an incredible experience to be able to watch the textures way up close. I must say that the Knitting poster is best acompanied by type, but that just viewing it from the photo here in my browser, which obviously doesn’t come close to looking at the actual physical poster.


Christopher Meeks says:

November 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I’ll be honest, when you initially said you were going to hang the posters on clips I cringed a little bit. In my experience, nothing ruins a beautiful poster quite like clipping it up.

That impression of mine is a result of people that do it haphazardly, though. Your attention to detail really makes it successful. There is no curling at the edge of the pieces and the “elevated” feeling really created a nice depth that is normally reserved for great frames.

Well done!


Scott says:

November 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

thanks, your comment reminded me that I left out the part about foamcore. there is a strip clipped behind the top and bottom edges to combat the curling you’re talking about.


eydryan says:

November 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm

congrats on the exhibit

wanted to add a bit about the magnets, if you don’t have enough holding power just buy bigger power magnets (not necessarily bigger magnets).

also, for paper i’ve seen flat bar-like magnets hold best since they have a large surface area. and some people tend to just file off the chrome or nickel plating the magnets have on them to make them a bit more grippy.


Trevor says:

November 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Ah yes, the clips and nails were genius. Very cool.

So I realized after I got there that I don’t even know what your face looks like, just your work. Haha. I’m kicking myself now cause I’m pretty sure you were sitting down eating sushi while me and my buddies were checking out Sean’s flashy terminator head… haha.

Hopefully I can find a way to afford a ticket in April. Damn I hate student budgets!

Anyways, great stuff!


Schlafende says:

November 24, 2009 at 12:36 am

Nice! I’ve always really liked the “Knitting” poster, and it’s interesting to see it without the text.. I like it both ways, I’d purchase both versions.