LOTS of exciting things to report. One of them being that: I FINALLY made a website!!! I am not sure what will come of this blog. Time will tell. Farewell for now, pascaleconspiracy blog... You have served me well! The future is here:
One of the things you'll find on my website: a colouring book I created! All of the pages from this book are available for free at pascale-arpin.com/education ... Enjoy!!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Could it really be? No, seriously.. could it?? Has it ACTUALLY been OVER a year since my last update??? I can't believe how time flies when you live in a remote northern region (because, if you didn't know, I have been living in Iqaluit, Nunavut aka the Arctic since February 2011). This place is truly a time warp and I feel like the last 10 months or so have flown by in a flash! Needless to say I have been super incredibly busy, hence no updates... Or to this blog at least, since I have also been trying to update my other blog http://pascaleinthearctic.blogspot.com, mind you, I havent updated that one in a while either!.. Yeesh! Anyway, I haven't just been too busy to update my art blog, it seems I've also been too busy to really make a whole lot of art. It's really ironic to me that, when moving to the North, I thought I would have soooo much free time (not so say boredom) and be able to make truckloads of art. But instead I find myself busy every single night of the week. That's not to say that I haven't been doing any art whatsoever, because I have actually been working on this AMAZING graphic novel that was written by my genius comedic prodigy friend Iain Campbell (who also has a blog). Aside from that I have a few things worthy of posting and I will skip the explanations for now since I really just want to break this no-posting curse!!
Here is an updated version of the sleeve I had drawn for my friend. It is a more realistic take on the first one I had drawn up.
This is album art I did for my friends in Alaskan.
Observations about life in Iqaluit, done on December 27th.. Oh and actually this is something that I drew for my super special friend Jordan. I have sent it to him by mail so if he sees this I guess the surprise will kind of be ruined haha
This is a logo I did for my friend Jeff's record label (Finish What You Started).
This is a painting I did for my grand-parents.. Not exactly my regular style, but a good example of my versatility nonetheless!
That's it for now folks! Until next time (hopefully sooner than my last update!)
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Although we can't all buy originals and carry them around with us everywhere we go, what we CAN do is wear some pins! The packaging is all done by me, and the final product couldn't have come together without the help/brilliant ideas/button machine of Inaas at Canteen!
These pins are available at Canteen, 238 Dalhousie!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
All are acrylic on canvas, 8x10
“Grandma, you truly make the best pies!” In my new series The Saints I have chosen to humorously apply the notion of martyrdom to the beloved 1950’s housewife. During the fifties women were confined to the private sphere; restricted to the household, innumerable women became experts in housekeeping and masters of the kitchen. Qualified in all things quaint, women were required to dedicate their lives to raising children and tending to their husbands. While some may look back fondly to this era, the significantly high rates of alcoholism and depression among housewives during the fifties is enough to reconsider the recent idealization of this post-war era. Here the figures appear, at first sight, to be happy, but upon closer inspection one might notice that their eyes reveal tears, which symbolize the internal struggle, boredom and/or despair that many women faced and were forced to hide from their families. Thus, each character represents a martyr, namely someone who suffered for a cause. Yet in this case the cause, far from glorious or heroic, is of the utmost mundane kind, namely: baked goods, and their suffering: freak accidents while preparing their most famous desserts. Each of the saints is accompanied by a short description of the tragic incident that led to her canonization into the sainthood of housewives. Therefore, while grandma may very well make the best pies, this series seeks to challenge the viewer by asking: at what price?
@ CANTEEN, 238 DALHOUSIE
OPENING NIGHT: OCTOBER 1st
Seeeee you all there!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Hibou, acrylic on canvas, 12x12
Hiboux, acrylic on canvas, 12x12
Alright so the last post had some pretty heavy stuff in it so to change the pace I've decided to post these two cutesy paintings I did for some friends. The request was: two paintings of owls. I pretty much had a wildcard to do whatever I wanted from there. The paintings were meant to be displayed separately but I still wanted them to be unified in colour and style (so that they would still clearly be two of a kind and potentially displayed side by side). Anyhow, I was really excited when Michelle and Matt asked me to do these because I looooooooooooove owls!! They are such beautiful creatures. Not only that, but in art they are often used to represent wisdom and the ability to see right from wrong. Because of their nocturnal nature they are also often used to represent death and darkness. There are a number of other symbols associated with the owl and many of them have arisen within aboriginal shamanism.
Anyhow, I am super happy with the way these came out. I wasn't sure who would get which (and if they would have to fight over who got to keep which one) but it turns out that Michelle wanted the lone owl while Matt wanted the cuddly baby owls, so everything worked out for the best!
In other news: I have been painting like crazy and can't wait to post what I've been working on for a small exhibit at Canteen. It will be up for the month of October.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Evan's tattoo, ink & paper
Martin's tattoo-Earth, ink & paper
Martin's tattoo-Sun, ink & paper
ALT 101 design (I believe they have changed "Fight for Freedom" to "The Struggle for Freedom" but this is the version I had on my computer)
ALT 101 design-legend
Photograph of beautiful anonymous models holding up the shirts I designed
As if it's been over 5 months since I updated this thing. Ah well, that's nothing new. Here are a few commissions from the last couple of months. The first three images were drawn up for some friends as tattoos. Then there is a design I did for OPIRG-GRIPO (Ottawa U this time) for their Alternative frosh week, better known as ALT 101. They had asked me to create an image comprised of important freedom fighters as well as significant/symbolic places that represent different social struggles for justice throughout history and today. I've included a sort of appendix to make it a bit easier to understand.
An interesting note: the activist pictured in the upper left corner's name is Gao Zhisheng and he is actually a very close friend of a professor at Ottawa U. The prof in question actually fled from China not very long ago while 8 months pregnant. She, an active human rights activist, left China in order to escape the treatment reserved for individuals who disagree with the Chinese government. Aside from being one of her close friends, Gao is one of the most high-profile human rights lawyers in China and was imprisoned/ went missing in September 2009. For several months the government did not charge him and denied knowledge of his whereabouts, until it was eventually found that he had in fact been taken by the Chinese authorities. Beyond simply being imprisoned, Gao also underwent torture. At one point the government claimed he had been "released"... But when the family inquired about his whereabouts Beijing police told Gao's brother "he had lost his way and went missing," thus leading his family and friends to believe he had in fact died (aka been murdered) while imprisoned. Yet recently, news that he was still alive surfaced, which brought tremendous joy to his family and friends who have undergone unbearable torment and hardship as a result of these events. As of April, his whereabouts are still unclear but it seems that he has been freed from prison. When I first heard of Gao's story I was shocked, yet not surprised insofar as the utterly appalling treatment of human rights activists in China is no secret. The professor at Ottawa U had contacted me a number of months ago asking me if I could create some kind of artwork to spread the message about her friend. Months passed since the time I received her email but I kept her request in the back of my mind if any ideas or opportunities were to come up. Eventually I was contacted by the fine folks at OPIRG and saw the shirt/poster/pamphlet design as a perfect opportunity to honour both her request as well as the pain and suffering that activists like Gao are put through.
Although some of the faces you see in the design speak directly to the past, I felt it was important to also include activists who are more closely tied to the present: activists who are still fighting for freedom and justice today. Even though many of us live extremely comfortable lives, the struggle for freedom is not a thing of the past and we must be conscious of the injustices that surround us as well as of those who have, and continue to, dedicate their lives to creating a better future for all of us.
Speaking of dedicated activists, I designed a t-shirt (the ones seen in the picture) to help raise funds for some Ottawa folks and important members of the activist community who were arrested in relation with the attacks on the RBC. Their lawyer fees were bound to be extravagant and 100% of the money made from these shirts (as well as bags) went straight to them. That being said, there are many of these shirts still available and I believe some of the money is also now going towards lawyer fees for individuals arrested during the G20. In any case, you should get one!!! Support your community! We've printed the logo on a bunch of different colours now, so hit me up if you want one. *Note that in the picture one of the shirts has a splash of ink going across the logo.. It was the only shirt that turned out that way but of all the shirts we printed that is by far my favorite.
Anyhow, I think that's it for now. OH actually, one more thing... I think I've decided to leave the world of academia once I finish my B.A. in order to live the life of an artist once and for all. That is, to actually make art my priority. We'll see how it goes. Wish me luck :)
OH! OH! Actually one more thing: I will have a wall of new pieces at Canteen in October!! I am stoked!! And I hope you will ALL check it out!!