Tuesday, 8 January 2013


Here are the deets for new work showing in Kensington Market:

Balcony Art series at Café Pamenar 2013
Featured Artist: Fiona Smyth
Reception: Thursday January 10th, 6-10pm
Duration of exhibition: Thursday January 10th to Thursday February 28th

About the exhibition: SWONK 2 or The Nose Knows
In 2001, Smyth participated in a two person art show curated by Rafi Ghanaghounian at Anoush Gallery in Kensington Market. Smyth showed with Jennifer Febbraro in a show titled MINIVILLE AND THE OLFACTORY. Her works were the olfactory part- an odoriferous ode to the smells of the neighbourhood. Smyth painted 240 big nosed people, birds, and elephants on small pieces of cardboard. Twelve years later SWONK revisits the same materials and concept but with more of an emphasis on the truths and lies we tell in our everyday lives- how faces have “tells” that reveal more of us than we think we show. These affordable cardboard cut- outs evoke Kensington Market handmade store signage. SWONK is part commodity, part side show, and part truth seeking mantra.

About the artist:
Fiona Smyth is a Toronto based painter, illustrator, and cartoonist. Since finishing Central Tech's high school art program in 1982 and graduating from OCADU in 1986, she has covered Toronto and elsewhere with her distinctive female charged graphics. Her art practice involves painting, murals, animation, comics, and illustration. Fiona's extensive exhibition history has included group shows at the Art Gallery of York University, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art as well as abroad in the USA, Taiwan, Korea, and Venice.

Corporate clients have included Milk, Nickelodeon, and Nike. Fiona is currently producing two art projects funded by the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and teaching comics and illustration at OCAD U. Fiona's first graphic novel, The Never Weres was published by Annick Press in 2011. A collection of her Exclaim comics Cheez 100 was published by Pedlar Press in 2001. Fiona illustrated Cory Silverberg’s Kickstarter funded self-published picture book What Makes A Baby in 2012, to be re-released by Seven Stories Press in spring 2013.

The original SWONK was shown at Temporary Bus Gallery in 1999.

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