Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Trailer for an Upcoming Videopoetry Performance



direct link: Trailer for Upcoming Videopoem Performance

A short trailer for my upcoming feature! I'm presenting and performing three of my videopoems at Shab-e She'r next Tuesday evening, June 30th. As a multi-media artist, I am very excited to be showing my craft- poems, art, dance, video. It's at 7pm, Beit Zatoum, 612 Markham St., Toronto (Bloor and Bathurst), cover: $5.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/911027915631459
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The photo for the still is from a poetry event where I performed A Floral Opera and was taken by Josef Hochleitner. The Ink Ocean clips in the trailer are from that same performance, though the video has been given multiple visual 'treatments.'



Monday, June 22, 2015

Before Conceptualism



Before Conceptualism. Brenda Clews, 2015. 16" x 20" x 1.5", oils on gallery size canvas. $1,000. range when completed and varnished.

Almost finished. What I'm considering: toning down the blue lady on the right with a patina of white when she is dry; toning down that knee-shaped pillow (that echoes the saron lady's bent knee) or adding another pillow between them.

Otherwise, it is almost finished, finally.

This is a 'poem painting' and the title will be a line from one of my poems. This painting is a return to a love of paint, raw wild colour, mystical figures, a composition of depth and flatness, linear and with blocks of colour. Perhaps I should call it 'Before Conceptualism,' because that is what I am returning to.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

'Contrast,' ink painting in Bampot Bohemian Teahouse Group Show



Contrast. Brenda Clews, 2015. 16" x 20" x 1.5", acrylic, permanent India and acrylic inks on gallery size canvas. $400.

Bampot Bohemian House of Tea
201 Harbord St (at Bathurst)
Toronto, Ontario


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Two Spots this Weekend


I'm featuring in two poetry events this weekend with a whole lot of other fantastic poets and musicians.

◇ On Saturday afternoon I will be a guest poet at 'Words and Music Salon' hosted by Linda Stitt and Lucky Mike from 1:30p-4:30p at Vino Rosso, 995 Bay St (just north of Wellesley St).

◇ On Sunday evening I will be performing poetry with masks and video at a 'Syrian Refugee Poetry & Music Fundraiser' hosted by Sharon Goodier from 7p-10p at Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St (near Bloor and Bathurst) ▻ their facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/802749636487643.

If you're in Toronto and can come out to one or both events, I'd be chuffed to see you.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Minions perform ‘Iceland,’ a Pong, and Brenda Clews dances


direct link: Iceland

The Minions (Michael Oesch and Saskia van Tetering) perform, ‘Iceland,’ a Pong (poem song) and Brenda Clews dances in her Split Mask at the January 2015 Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery in Toronto.

It was a fun Poetry Salon! While there are photos to come, and one long video of the Salon, I edited this clip that was shot on another camera by Barry (thank you) to bring out the ice and strangeness and transcendence of Iceland in Saskia's poem and Michael's music, especially with the theramin.



Friday, December 5, 2014

'√Čtude: Red Sun/Babel,' ink painting in Yellow House Gallery Group Show





√Čtude: Red Sun/Babel. Brenda Clews, 2014. 16" x 20", permanent inks (Derwent IntTense blocks and pencils, Noodler's, Daler Rowney, Kooh-​I​-Noor, Diamine, Sailor, Sennelier) on canvas.

Babel​myth. ​H​ow languages became. ​
P​illar unitary speaking fragment letters. 
Random script​s​​ falling​. 
She, mute, meditat​e​, silen​t​.

Poem written on back of painting. Many of the paintings are around $300., including this one.



In this exhibition we feature over 20 artists with over 40 pieces being displayed. We have sourced local, regional, and international talent to mount a widely diverse show!

I'd like to invite you to our opening reception on Friday December 5th. See details below.

This exhibition runs until December 20th

See you at the gallery!

Christina
Director


December Art Salon and Holiday Sale 
runs from December 5th until the 20th, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION

Friday December 5th, 6:30-9:30

Join us in celebrating these artists and their work. Artists will be in attendance.

After the Reception: Some pics from the lovely Yellow House Gallery's Opening for the 'December Art Salon and Sale.' A full house. Paintings covering a wide spectrum of styles. The show is well worth seeing if you can get out to the east end.

The first pic is of Kristina, Gallery owner extraordinaire. That's me in the 2nd pic., taken when some Carollers came in and sang for a bit.  It wasn't until I was ready to leave, after chatting with a number of artists for a few hours, that I remembered to take some pics, and by then there were so many people I couldn't get a shot of me own work. It's all good. Lol!

   
          


Monday, October 27, 2014

Deep in the Cyanean Surf (videopoem 3:11min)



direct link: Deep in the Cyanean Surf

...cast myself in shadow in this video... for Nik Beat/aka Michael Barry... written within days of his death, in remembrance and love. Miss you!

There are subtitles that can be translated into many languages... just click on the CC.