[Update December 16, 2006: More information here
This is the text of the email that tyson sent out about what is happening here this weekend.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Friday, September 15th 2006
a moment in time where introductions occur
and there's a group of beings that have come to welcome you
their arrival is the beginning of a journey.
a journey to accumulate and activate color and vibrations
is a reason to come forward
speak to others that you have not spoken to
voicedance is a moment for movement
a brief history
beginnings started in London, England in 2000
6months of research and reactions
to the beauty of the local music and street art
inspired by dancers
there was a need to show my gratitude
to the purity of the music
and share my expression with others
was taken to the streets of Calgary in 2001
in the form of small pieces of illustrated and collaged wood
wooden expressions, nailed to telephone poles, fences,
for others to view, walk by, appreciate, duplicate, make their own.
appeared in Montreal in the winter of 2004
evolved into the form of wooden characters
five of them appearing on the famous Overdale street
then appeared in the spring of 2005
6 more appear underneath the Ville-Marie near Greene avenue.
now Fall 2006
has gathered 25+ characters
at Zeke's Gallery
to share with you
I hope you can greet them,
share your expressions with them.
This is the text of the email that I sent out about what is happening here this weekend.
For immediate release
Pictures available upon request
I hope that you had a great summer, and that your return back to fall wasn't too hard. Or that your fall is even batter than your summer was. Apologies for the mass BCC, I really would like to write to you personally, but I'm under the gun here...
New Art Exhibit: voicedance invasion wooden sculptures by tyson howard from September 15, 2006 until October 29, 2006
The Vernissages (openings) at Zeke's Gallery
Thursday September 14 - voicedance invasion Members Preview, 5pm
Friday September 15- voicedance invasion Official Opening Vernissage, 8pm
Saturday September 16 - voicedance invasion Pet Friendly Vernissage, 5pm
Sunday September 17 - voicedance invasion Kid Friendly Vernissage, 11am
Monday September 18 - voicedance invasion Museum Professionals and Press
Yes siree bob! tyson's sculptures made it into the gallery in one piece, the personable hunks of wood are extremely friendly and make for very nice companions. Vaguely robot-like, but at the same time analog, they present an interesting means to look into how mr. howard's brain ticks.
You are most cordially invited to come by and check out these wonderful and stupendous humanoid pieces of chairs and desks. tyson (yes, the lowercase 't' is deliberate) has used an awful lot of found wood (hence the pieces of chairs and desks) to make these cute and cuddly creatures that just make you wanna go up and hug 'em. Not exactly as soft and furry as a Cabbage Patch Kid, nor are they likely to be confused with any tickle me Elmo's, but the emotions that they evoke are as real and as lifelike as those evoked by Harvey.
For those of you from out of town who are wondering why the heck you're getting this, tyson howard was born and bred in Calgary, he only moved here to Montreal three years ago.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood, and want to come to one of the vernissages you are most welcome to come to which ever one is most convenient for you. The schedule is as follows:
If you have children, please come to the kid-friendly vernissage on Sunday the 17th at 11 am. We will be serving chocolate milk, cookies instead of the beer and cigarettes normally associated with an art opening.
If you have a four legged friend, pets are welcome on Saturday the 16th at 5 pm. There will be kibbles and bits (or the equivalent for the feathered and scaled crowd).
If you happen to work at a museum, an art gallery, consider yourself an art professional or are a working (or non-working) member of the press, we have a special vernissage just for you on Monday the 18th at 5 pm.
If you don't have any children or pets and work someplace where there is not an awful lot of art, the OFFICIAL OPENING VERNISSAGE for voicedance invasions is on Friday the 15th at 8pm. Come one, come all and most definitely bring your friends. And in case you were wondering, all of the vernissages are free!
Your friends and family next door neighbors and the people you meet on the street are as welcome as you are.
I look forward to seeing you at at least one of them. In case you forgot, the address here is:
3955 Saint Laurent Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y4
Zeke's Gallery is a fiercely independent art gallery here in Montreal. Who has its mandate; First Solo Shows. Zeke's Gallery only exhibits artists who have never previously had a solo exhibition before. Besides the visual arts I also program musical events, literary events, and other less intimidating cultural things in order to get people in the door. All of the events (including the visual arts) are recorded, and I have recently started to videotape them as well.
If you'd like to hear (or see) any of them, click here:http://tinyurl.com/f8udn
The gallery itself has been voted "Best Gallery in Montreal" by readers of the Montreal Mirror for the past five consecutive years. Annual attendance is at about 8,000, and continues to grow steadily.
I also write a blog that is dedicated to Contemporary Canadian Visual Arts, it is the most read media outlet for the visual arts in Canada. It gets read by about 150,000 people/year (Canadian Art Magazine has a total circulation of 80,000/year). This is about the same amount of people that go to any of the museum websites in Canada.
<- Zeke's Gallery vs Montreal Museums http://tinyurl.com/kkfdp
<- Zeke's Gallery vs other Canadian Museums tyson howard's voicedance invasion is the 48th exhibit in an ongoing series of first solo shows. If you are interested here is some outside opinion and background on Zeke's Gallery: http://tinyurl.com/l24a4
<-An 8 minute film http://www.canadianart.ca/articles/Articles_Details.cfm?Ref_num=81http://www.macleans.ca/culture/art/article.jsp?content=58140http://www.montrealmirror.com/2005/063005/people.html
And if you were wondering, I've changed the official opening hours of the gallery. It is now open every day except Friday from 3pm until 7pm.
If this is not convenient for you, please don't hesitate to call me and make an appointment for a time that is convenient for you.
For more information please contact Chris Hand at (514) 288-2233 or firstname.lastname@example.org