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June 2008 NEWSLETTER

Contents:

1. Gavel Gala Hey!
2. Animals Crackers
3. Fake ID to be featured at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
4. Past Newsletters Archive

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1. Gavel Gala Hey!

The Niagara Artists' Centre (host of last winter's the Hatchery the 3-D Exquisite Corpse exhibitions) is holding a Fine Art Auction and Dinner to benefit the Centre's activities. Auctioned work will include pieces by Dennis Tourbin, John Boyle, Tobey C. Anderson, Mendelson Joe, Melanie MacDonald and others. I have a piece on the auction block myself, a new work:

Bobbin, Rob Elliott
acrylic on canvas, 18"x18"
Expected auction price $400-$600

The event will be held in St. Catharines downtown landmark Canada Hair Cloth Building on Saturday 14 June 2008. For more information and a preview of auction, go to: http://www.nac.org/content/blogcategory/14/38/

Gavel Gala Hey!
Fine Art Auction & Dinner to benefit the Niagara Artists' Centre

Canada Hair Cloth Building, St. Catharines
Saturday 14 June 2008
Doors open at 7:30 pm

Only 200 tickets available.
Over 100 sold already!

Tickets $100 and available at NAC

includes a preliminary open bar & dinner

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2. Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers: This Summer the World Famous Luckystar Studio®, is going to the dogs (...cats, monkeys, chickens, etc.) with an exhibit featuring several of our favorite artists. Including: Rob Elliott (Toronto), Jeremy Wolfe (Milwaukee) and Andrea Picard (Chicago).

July 1 to August 16, 2008 By Appointment Only
414-257-4640 or info@lsmfa.com

Opening reception, July 13, noon until 4 p.m.

Luckystar Studio®
5401 W. Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI

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3. Fake ID to be featured at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Fake ID, a new installation by Swizzle Studio’s Rob Elliott, is inspired by a 20th century dodgy fake ID trick that kept many a second rate photographer in business.

 On October 4, an oversized drivers license will be spotlit in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Members of the public will be encouraged to take a seat and have a friend take their photo in front of the licenses. Swizzle staffers will offer a kit including a laminate blank and instructions for making their own fake ID card from their digital photographs.

Background & Rationale: This project is inspired by a fake ID trick employed by a second floor photographer in pre-Expo 86 Vancouver. Teens would stand in front of the enormous ID to have their photo taken. A few days later, they would return to pick up their ID, which was a photo of them and the card together printed on photo paper and laminated. These IDs only worked in places where the management didn’t care, but the fake ID itself was rite of passage. Heading downtown on to a grubby office to pick up the license, carrying the contraband in your wallet or purse, bragging to friends that you had actually used it: these were all rites of passage. I was surprised later in life to hear that such set-ups existed in many major cities. Fake ID asks the questions “Are shared acts of rebellion really acts of rebellion?”  and “Is a fake better than the real thing, as it carries the cachet of rebellion?”

While it was a typical ruse to have an out-of-province ID card so those checking it would be unfamiliar with its nuances, there is extra glamour in creating a new persona for oneself. The document used in Fake ID is a Hawaiian driver’s license. From the sunniest of the American States, this fake gives the bearer an exoticism without foreignness, plus a implied permission to drive.

The other idea this work engages is that of liminal space, anonymous places that are neither here nor there (phone booths and cash economies are two better known examples). These spaces become fewer as credit cards and digital technology move further into our lives for convenience sake. In the 21st Century, bar codes and holograms have become the norm on even student ID cards, so the idea of this fake ID having any use is laughable. However, if printed and pocketed, Fake ID can transport the bearer to not so distant past when a person could disappear, cross borders or even change identities with relative ease.

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4. Past newsletters archive

Looking for information about a past exhibit, or just want to show your mom the Exquisite Corpse you made? We figured we'd keep an archive of all the newsletters going forward, so you (and occassionally we) can navigate our way back to older stuff.

You can find it at http://www.swizzle.ca/pages/swizzle-news-pastissues.html