Tuesday, December 30, 2008

tente de prospecteur/ la suite

voici quelques photos , vues en gros plan de détail / intérieur de la tente de prospecteur

Bonne année à tous


Saturday, December 27, 2008

Stephen H Kawai at DLAC

Here are a few random shots from my show at David Ludmer Art Contemporain. It is up until the end of the year.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

tente de prospecteur

L'été dernier flottait au plafond de mon studio une tente de prospecteur
grande ouverte sur les passages souterrain
d'une maison enfouis sous terre.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Final Weekend of "Petits Formats" at The Long Haul

Suzanne Desbiens and Isabelle Anguita's lovely show will come down on Sunday December 16th. Saturday is your last chance to come check it out!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Shelley Miller with a new project in Brazil

This is a sugar installation I just completed in the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It is in conjunction with an exhibition at Galeria Pierre Verger. Because it is made of sugar, it is temporary and will wash away in the rain. Pictures of this project in progress can be seen on my website:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Heidi Daehler's work in group show at Galerie Plum

Heidi D. here. Four of my recent paintings will be in this group showing of paintings and photography.

It is in a cozy new gallery in Old Montreal called Plum:
360 St. François-Xavier, suite 201 (corner St. Paul W.)

Vernissage Thursday, Dec. 18th at 6-8pm,
and the show runs until February 7th.

You can also check out my blog for a little preview:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Heidi B's work at The Stamp Show

Just thought I'd post of few pics of the new series called HEIDI by heIDi. The entire series of 12 works on paper is now uploaded on my site Enjoy!

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Stamp Show

Vernissage: Thursday December 4, 5:30-8pm

Visual Voice Gallery
Belgo Building
372 Ste-Catherine W, #421
December 5-18, 2008

Sigrún Jenny Bardadóttir, Heidi Barkun, Mariana Escribano, Bettina Forget, Mike Patten, Béatrice Sokoloff

These are the kind of rubber stamps most of us are familiar with. But what becomes of the lowly rubber stamp when it is put into the hands of an artist? Six artists who have exhibited their work at the Visual Voice Art Gallery during the 2007/2008 season tried their hands at creating artworks on paper using rubber stamps, each one interpreting this simple printing method in their own, distinctive style.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Alum Update

I'm in the end-of-semester crunch time of my first term in the MFA program at The University of Western Ontario in London. I've read a ton of dense theory, and done a little bit of art-making.

The most exciting work I've been up to has been making collaborative drawings with local artists Peter Thompson and James Kirkpatrick. We've made some zines of these, and I've made some of my solo drawings as well, and sent them off to the Montreal Expozine: Nov. 29-30, 12 pm to 6 pm at 5035 St-Dominique (Église Saint-Enfant Jésus, between St-Joseph and Laurier, near Laurier Métro).

Pictured here:
Now That We're Grown-ups We Can Do Whatever We Want

and Party in the Middle
(Jamie Q with James Kirkpatrick)

Jam Pet
(Jamie Q with Peter Thompson)

Ugly Tattoos
and Ceilings Make Pie and Markers Drive the Ocean with Their Feet
(Jamie Q solo)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Imprint F is a Belgo Favorite...

Imprint F is selected as one of the Belgo Report's Friday's Favorite Four!

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Stephen H Kawai will be showing mobiles from two series, “Spheres” and “Flora”, in a solo show entitled DEUX UNIVERS. The vernissage will be on Thursday, Dec 4 (6–9 pm). DLAC (David Ludmer Art Contemporain) is in a loft project located in a tract of the Mile End/Parc Ex entirely bordered by railroad tracks. I would GoogleMap “David Ludmer Montreal” to find it. The exposition will continue to the end of December (by appointment).

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My website is alive!

My new website is on line! Check out the artwork and texts, and sign up for the mailing list.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Le Temps Retrouvé is an exhibition about time, place, object and memory. These works of Found Art are neither sculpture nor painting, but hover in the space between. Old and new are assembled together, transforming relics and debris into pieces of treasure.

“The series Mémoires is inspired by things friends have saved for me, items I have found on my way to visit them at their homes, or during my travels with them around the city and countryside. Cast-off objects are given new life, entwined within the bonds of friendship. Like cherished souvenirs, each personal compilation is kept in its own dark walnut drawer”.

“In the works of Imprints, every piece embodies a private recollection. Rusted plates of armour lay fixed in a concrete ground, and melted beeswax heals the scars of the past. As long forgotten objects leave their mark, these memories, though altered by time, remain imprinted on my mind”.

Heidi Barkun is a mixed-media artist inspired by the intrinsic beauty of the body, its fragility and strength, and the magnificence that emerges from the process of decay. She works with an array of textures that coalesce into corporeal, emotional and natural landscapes.

Heidi was born in Montreal, Canada in 1971. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University in 1995, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 1999. Her first solo exhibition was held at Galerie SAS in 2002, followed by Galerie Simon Blais in 2003, and NEST gallery in 2005. She has participated in several important group shows in Montreal and Toronto during her professional career. Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections, most notably the Senvest Collection, Banque Nationale du Canada, and the Avmor Collection. Heidi Barkun is represented by Soho Myriad Art Consultants in Los Angeles and Atlanta, USA.

Thursday, November 20, 2008
5pm – 7pm

Visual Voice Gallery
372 Ste-Catherine West #421
November 20-29, 2008
12pm – 5pm

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Update on Vanessa's work (sorry about the font changes - can't figure it out!)

Three of my new sculptures are going to the SOFA expo in Chicago next week with Option Art Gallery.

"In its 15th year, Sculptural Objects and Functional Art is the world's foremost fairs of contemporary decorative art and design. With 100 international galleries and dealers from 16 countries, the fair also features special exhibits by internationally renowned art museums, arts organizations and artists as well as an extensive lecture series."

This exhibit runs from November 7 to 9, 2008. Opening night November 6th, from 7 - 10pm. Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago.

Here are some pictures of the pieces that are going:

"Lux Operan". 2008. Flame worked glass, blown glass, crystal rhinestones, fabric, wool, flock, copper tubing, pvc, metal and battery operated led's. 15" x 20" x 20"

This sculpture (above) pulsates with light! Adam Brown helped me with the lighting aspect of the piece.

"Collaborating with Her Story - Incarnation I". 2008. An early 1900's unfinished anonymous embroidery project on raw linen, flame worked glass, antique newspaper clippings, antique stencil paper, raw silk, thread, linen, wire, metal and down. 38" x 36" x 8"

This piece (above) started with an unfinished anonymous embroidery project from the early 1900's that I bought at The Little Shop. I brought it home, "finished" it, and turned it into a sculpture. It is the beginning of a new series I am starting that will be based on finishing unfinished textile hobby projects.

"Enomeno". (It means "Unite" in Greek). 2008. Flame worked glass, blown glass, crystal rhinestones, reflective glass, fabric, flock, wool and pvc.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vernissage at Galerie Bjios

Here are a few pics from last month's vernissage for my (Stephen H Kawai) exposition at Galerie Bjios ( The place consists of two sunny rooms, as well as a boutique space, all situated behind the most charming of teahouses on rue St. Hubert. The show went very well thanks to Chloe and Audrey, two artists who coordinate the goings-on in the art space.

I wore a shirt... had to be well-dressed for the mobiles!
Some of the pieces inspired hunger...

others mezmerized their unsuspecting victims...

... while some just made people smile.
All and all, it was a great time with many more people coming than I had expected. The fact that there was a teahouse was wonderful, especially when the gallery space became a bit crowded.
Seriously, I am grateful to the many of you (Longhaulers) who came to see the show and I encourage any of you would didn't to check out the space. They have some interesting shows lined up and are on the lookout for artists for future expositions.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mobile Exposition at Galerie Bjios

Stephen H Kawai will have a show at Galerie Bjios (5940 St. Hubert, near Metro Rosemont) from September 17th to October 5th. The vernissage will take place from 7 to 10 pm on Friday, September 19th. The exhibition will include a number of mobiles, both recent and older. The gallery is associated with a tea house so come by, grab a cup and enjoy the art!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

From the archives: Silent Art Auction '06

Here are a couples pictures from the main room of the Silent Auction I organized, which took place at the Long Haul on May 27 & 28, 2006. The show was open for viewing on these two days, then culminated in an evening emceed by former Hauler Jan Desrosiers on the 28th. Lots of artwork found homes, the profits went to the artists, and it was a fun time. Click images to enlarge.

These pieces are by Amy Drover (bunny suits), Elisabeth Belliveau (boxes), me (the painted railing), Jamie Allen and Corri-Lynn Tetz (paintings - both former Haulers):

Here's a detail of Amy's bunny suits:

Vanessa Yanow and Normand Hamel, in front of work by her (the painting peeking out at the far left), Wil Murray (small paintings in the hallway), me (the painting in the middle, and the small desk beneath the windows), Farha Dharsi (wool mobile), and Shelley Miller (the print to the right):

And here are some bios of the participating artists that were put together for the event:

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Pindemonium #4 - June 2008

This year Lisa and Melissa proposed they hold their annual Pindemonium event at the Long Haul Gallery. We were delighted to host this unique and interactive art event! The concept is that each exhibitor designs a pin for the show and then Lisa and Melissa punch out 10 or 20 pins of each design for both display and trade (they made over 1000 pins for this show!?). On the night of the event each of the artists procures their bundle of pins and trades them with other pin holders. Lisa and Melissa make additional grab bags of miscellaneous pins for the public to buy and join the trade. It's a lovely opportunity to meet strangers, to check out the small format artwork, and to run around like you're a kid back in school trading stickers (or baseball cards) again! Below are some pictures from this exhibit...

Melissa and Lisa: Curators extraordinaire!

The exhibit.

Very clever and unique pin design: "Mon Portable" by Afke Benoit. Each pin was stuffed with dirt and little clover sprouts that she grew in advance, especially for the night of the trade. You had to water your little sprouted pin with a water dropper. Mine lasted 5 days.

My googly-eye pins, all ready to trade. Of course I was compelled to painstakingly make each pin a one-of-a-kind object. Wish we had more details of the individual pins, there were so many good ones!

Melissa giving an artist her pins. There were over 70 participants and about 100 people who came to the show.

The trade in action...