Our wonderful city is known for many things. One of those being its abundance of talented and emerging artists. As such, Bombay Gin and Galerie Youn bring the Artisan Series to Montreal, in search of the next big name in Visual arts. A competition that seeks participants to submit their works for a chance to be selected to display at SCOPE in Miami Beach. There is also a regional competition, where finalists will be displayed and judged in fourteen regions. The winner of each, and two winners from the online gallery will then be displayed in Miami, Florida and will be in at a chance to win the grand prize; a cash stipend to create a body of work for a solo exhibit at SCOPE and the opportunity to complete a public installation in 2017, as well as a cash stipend to create a solo exhibit at a gallery in their region.
Galerie Youn hosted an event to announce this news, with guests such as Kim Dorland and Marie-Eve Martel giving speeches and mingling with the public, while Toronto based abstract painter Callen Schaub gave a live demonstration, allowing those in attendance a glance into his work from a very intimate perspective. Swinging paint cans with holes drilled into the bottom around a spinning canvas, Schaub proven to be quite fascinating and held audiences captive as he sloshed paint about perhaps forgetting to remove his wrist watch which soon resembled a painting itself.
Callen Schaub, an abstract artist working with paint, natural forces, and machines in an innovative way. While spectators gazed on, while snacking and enjoying sips of wine, Schraub slung paint. Quite literally. Surrounded by plastic – more to protect the viewers and the gallery than himself. Schraub began to dazzle. Flicking paint onto a spinning canvas seemed a lot like organized chaos. Nobody but Schaub knew what to expect. And by the time he has finished – the gallery was in awe.
Submissions are open from June 9th to August 17th at www.bombayartisan.com
Marie-Eve Martel will be displaying at Galerie Youn on August 4th – 5226 Boul St. Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1S1