by Rina Nakazawa

Argentine Boys for Sale is a 500 page graphic account of the lives of five young men by Nigel Nolan, a Canadian and Buenos Aires based artist. The digital compilation of  photographs and oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings is set to a stirring 20-minute soundtrack by Xiu Xiu, a Los Angeles based band. 

Argentine Boys for Saleは、カナダ出身でブエノスアイレスを拠点に活動しているアーティスト、ナイジェル・ノーラン氏による5人の青年の生活記録をまとめた500ページに及ぶグラフィックアカウントである。写真と油、水彩、アクリル絵具によって描かれた絵たちは、ロサンゼルスを拠点に活動しているバンド、Xiu Xiuによって手がけられた不安を呼び起こすような20分間のサウンドトラックと共にデジタル編集されている。

Argentine Boys for Sale: a Nigel Nolan project with music by Xiu Xiu

Through text, music, photography and painting, the digital book offers intimate portraits of five young men, DANIEL, FeD, JOEL, OMAR and SEB. An exhibition of some parts of the book, including photographs and some wall-size and framed paintings, is being held at Nuit Rose in Toronto on June 21.

文章、音楽、写真、絵画を通して、そのデジタルブックは5人の青年、ダニエル、フェッド、ジョエル、オマー、セブのプライベートな人物像を伝えている。また、デジタルブックから抜粋された数枚の写真、壁画、絵画などが6月21日にトロントで開催される現代アートイベント、Nuit Roseで展示される予定である。

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“SEB spent the night,” private residence, Buenos Aires, 2010

zeeBigBang spoke with Nolan about his inspiration for the project. “The inspiration is DANIEL, FeD, JOEL, OMAR and SEB. Their lives and humanizing their images - making you think about the lives they live, not just looking at their images,” Nolan said. “There are a lot of emotional challenges in this project - like knowing their [boys] personal tragedies. But the biggest challenge is crossing borders.”

zeeBigBangはこのプロジェクトに対するインスピレーションについてノーラン氏にお話しを伺った。「インスピレーションはダニエル、フェッド、ジョエル、オマー、そしてセブです。彼らの生活であり、そして彼らのイメージを人間化すること―ただ彼らのイメージに目を向けるのではなく、あなたに彼らが日々送っている生活について考えさせることです。」とノーラン氏は語った。「このプロジェクトには、彼らに(青年たち)訪れる個人的な悲劇を共有することのように、数多くの感情的な困難がありました。ですが、一番の困難は国境を超えることです。」

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"Amuse-Bouche", LE Gallery, Toronto, 2009

This project started as Nolan’s personal blog while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina with DANIEL, FeD, JOEL, OMAR and SEB. He shared his home with the five men and posted articles with intimate images, paintings and photographs of the men and their lives on his blog for almost three years. Parts of the blog are included in the digital book available worldwide for people to purchase and download. Nolan gave Xiu Xiu creative freedom with the soundtrack.

このプロジェクトは、ノーラン氏がアルゼンチンのブエノスアイレスでダニエル、フェッド、ジョエル、オマー、セブと一緒に生活しながら綴っていた個人的なブログが始まりだった。ノーラン氏はこの5人の青年と自宅で共同生活をし、彼らと彼らの生活を捉えたプライベートな写真や肖像画と共に約3年間ブログに記事を投稿していた。そのブログの一部がデジタルブックに収録されており、世界中で人々が購入しダウンロードすることが可能である。ノーラン氏はサウンドトラックに関してはXiu Xiuに自由に制作を任せた。

Nolan’s works blur the boundaries between reality and art. He has held solo exhibitions for Argentine Boys for Sale in Buenos Aires, New York and Toronto. Of his work he says, “The frame isolates the paintings. The paintings on the walls were in my home in Buenos Aires. We lived in those rooms so it became an interaction with our daily lives. In the exhibitions, the framed works are either portraits or photographs and they give reality and history to the wall paintings. It was a lot of documenting their lives and taking that documentation and being inspired to paint other things. But it was all coming through our experience together,” Nolan said.

ノーラン氏の作品は現実とアートの間の境目が曖昧である。彼はこれまでにブエノスアイレス、ニューヨーク、そしてトロントでArgentine Boys for Saleの個展を開いている。「額縁は絵を分離します。壁に描かれた絵たちはブエノスアイレスにある僕の家にあります。僕たちはそれらの部屋で暮らしているので、それらの壁画は僕たちの日常生活と影響し合っています。展示会では、額縁に入れられた作品たちは肖像画かあるいは写真で、それらは壁画に現実性と歴史を与える役割を果たしています。それらは彼らの生活の数多くを記録しており、またその他のものを描くためのインスピレーションになります。しかしそれらは全て僕たちの経験を通して一緒にやってきます。」とノーラン氏は語った。

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“A pew for OMAR,” La Mama Galleria, New York City, 2012

When clients purchase the paintings, photographs or the digital book of the boys, 10 to 50 percent of the profit is shared between the boys. The buyers are also told how they spent the customers’ money in their personal lives. Nolan also shared client e-mails as part of the project. Nolan’s vision was “to break the fourth wall to allow the audience to enter and become part of the project. That was my objective.”

顧客が青年たちの絵画や写真、デジタルブックを購入すると、その利益の内の10から50パーセントが彼らの分け前となる。購入者には彼らがどのようにそのお金をプライベートな生活の中で使ったか伝えられる。ノーラン氏はまた、顧客とのE-メールのやり取りをプロジェクトの一部として公開した。ノーラン氏のビジョンは、「観衆が入って来てこのプロジェクトの一部になることを可能にするため第4の壁を壊すこと。それが僕の目的です。」

Nolan explained, “When the audience would buy something, they became participants in the project. The list of what they [the boys] bought was sent to the buyers and that changed the way they [buyers] would see their paintings. They would think, ‘Oh with this painting JOEL bought food and paid his rent.’ So it became more of a history of the subject, not just a painting.” In this way, Nolan said, “it was kind of like they were for sale.”

ノーラン氏は、「観衆が何かを購入するとき、彼らはこのプロジェクトの参加者となります。青年たちが買ったもののリストは購入者に送られ、それが購入者が彼らの絵画を見る上での見方を変えます。彼らはおそらく『おお!この絵画(から得た利益)でジョエルは食べ物を買って家賃を払ったのか。』と思うでしょう。なので、その絵画はただの絵画ではなく、むしろそのモデルの歴史の1つになるのです。」と説明した。こうした点で、「それは彼ら自身がある種の売り物であるということを意味しています。」とノーラン氏は語った。

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"JOEL: tux"

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by Rina Nakazawa

Nuit Rose is a queer focused contemporary art event in celebration of World Pride 2014 which takes place in Toronto on June 21. The event showcases about 38 local and international artists in a wide range of genres including Joe Bruni,Pearl Van GeestHumboldt Magnussen and Nigel Nolan. Art installations, artist exhibitions, art marketplace, performance, theatre, music, film, video, digital art and audience participation are part of the celebration.

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Photo by Michael Venus from Cotton Dietrich

zeeBigBang spoke to Nuit Rose founder, Francisco Alvarez. “The pride parade celebration is 10 days and typically everything happens in last three days. I wanted to do something in the first weekend that would help launch this period of pride in the city and also that was not only in the Church-Wellesley neighborhood but in another part of the city.” Nuit Rose will happen simultaneously in two areas: Queen Street West and Church-Wellesley Village in the city with a free ArtBus to connect them.

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 Photo by Joe Bruni from Cocoons

Alvarez has been working on this project full time for almost 9 months. “I invited some friends who are artists, curators and art producers and we formed a collective where there is no hierarchy,” Alvarez explained.

They sent out a call to artists for submissions through their networks and membership organizations. They received 55 submissions. After forming the jury of artists, they ranked all of the submissions and the top of 12 artists were selected to be part of Nuit Rose. Alvarez said to those who didn’t make it, “If you can produce your own event, we will promote it.” As a result, they are helping independent artists place and promote their works at Nuit Rose.
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 Photo by Michael Venus from Icons an Demi-Gods

For those who like to participate, Nuit Rose is planning a “Light Parade” to be held at night on Queen Street West. “We are going to ask everybody who participates to wear a costume or carry a prop that emits light. Anyone can participate,” said Alvarez. 

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by Rina Nakazawa

The best artists in the world and in Canada gather and celebrate creativity at the Luminato Festival held in Toronto from June 6 to 15. zeeBigBang spoke with Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell who is a director of the live performance company, Saint Genet about his latest piece Paradisiacal Rites.

A short selection of shots from director Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell’s presentation of Christopher Burden’s SHOOT, Nearly Nearly Invisible and Paradisiacal Rites

This piece explores the frantic final moment of The Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, Charles Manson murder trials and American hysteria that surrounded his trials and intersected with the American cultural zeitgeist. It is also inspired by the Oscars. He took this piece’s name from Funeral Rites written by Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett's journals.

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One scene form Paradisiacal Rites. Photo by Dan Hawkins

His dramaturgy is very alternative. The piece transforms elements of ballet, symphony, opera, installation, and body-based performance art into holistic, hypnotic and visceral performances. He said this dramaturgy came through extended periods of collaborative dialogue. “I am always thinking about how every element must affect another element of the show,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he is interested in exploring the capacity of narratives. “Narrative is actually a very elastic term. There are always visual narratives and sonic and musical narratives. There are often dense and hidden threads. In our piece, there are narratives that are attached to achieving static states and challenge you to investigate your own humanity without telling you what you think.”

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Scene focused on Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell.  Photo by Dan Hawkins

Mitchell has been working on this performance project since 2011. Paradisiacal Rites has been germinating from his previous piece, Transport of Delirium which consisted of 4 different pieces and was performed in an abandoned building. They spend 6 hours rehearsing every day. “We are tight all of the time. Even if we are done with rehearsal, we go to have drinks and do drugs together and it’s also the performance’s rehearsal,” Mitchell said.

The performance is extraordinarily beautiful, sublime, ecstatic and mystic - but also painful, cruel and insane. Mitchell uses unusual stimulus for the casts such as sleep deprivation and booze. He explained those stimuli are utilized in a ritualized way that is recognizable to an audience. “We are creating something that exists in real time and we are also placing it in a dramatic context so we have two narratives operating simultaneously: ‘Like oh my god! I know this performer hasn’t slept for 3 days and I know how that will feel, but this moment is even more beautiful without having to say any words.’ What we are trying to do is to attach people to the process of creation as well as the reality of what they are seeing in that time.”

A film by Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell and Wes Hurley

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Pedestrians can now experience Toronto’s downtown Yonge Street in a new way. Celebrate Yonge is a community-based event that has expanded public space on the stretch of street between Queen and Gerrard.

The celebration offers people the opportunity to stop and enjoy the iconic downtown road with art installations, extended restaurant patio space, and different event programming taking place on the weekends.

"During the summer, we have an average of 70% pedestrians to 30% vehicles in the area, so clearly, there’s a huge pedestrian population out on the street and we want to provide them with a street level experience," said Abigail Gamble, the communications manager for the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area.

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