IT³
Micro Publishing & Binding,
Music, Artist Representation
&
The State of the Arts in Canada.

IT³ is an affiliate of Syphilitic Mermaids Magazine (RIP), former management of Freud's Bathhouse & Diner (2010-2011), and current host of Black Tea.


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The Ghost Show @ Freud’s Bathhouse & Diner

The Ghost Show: Grand Opening of Freud’s Bathhouse & Diner, a new gallery space in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.
April 24th – May 22nd, 2010. Featuring ghost themed art by:

Sketchbookkid (Kristel Jax), Triumphene (Montreal), Leslie Supnet, Reetbot, Christian Worthington, Andrew Milne, Clint Enns, Les Klassen, Tyler Funk ,Dylan Doom, Mitch Dixon, Vanessa Butler, & Ted Barker.

Opening Night:
Saturday, April 24th.
Featuring witch house, psyche & creepazoid tracks by Kid Sportswear (NYC ghost DJ aka Daniel Triangle) all night, + a special Kram Ran set at midnight.

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Now Available:

IT³ presents the entirety of once NYC, now Berlin based DJ Daniel Triangle (of Gucci Goth, & aka Kid Sportswear)’s mixes from The Ghost Show‘s opening.

The 5 mixes are free to download and feature nearly 75 psyche, creepazoid, & witch house artists & cover artwork by 7 Ghost Show artists.
Download & more info here.
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Facebook Event.
Presented by Freud’s Bathhouse & Diner, Ghost Town, Manitoba, & UMFM.

Photos:

Flickr Photo Gallery: Opening Night


Flickr Photo Gallery: The Ghost Show Art Exhibit (in progress).


Flickr Photo Gallery: Kram Ran at The Ghost Show.

*The Ghost Show is similar to 2009′s A Recession of Mortality in Toronto (hosted by our friends at Syphilitic Mermaids Magazine), with ten local visual artists replacing the zine portion of the 08/2009 exhibit.

Freud’s Bathhouse and Diner
42 Albert St
Winnipeg Mb
R3B 1E7
204 688 5845

The State of the Arts in Canada: Current Show: 13 Who Knew

Photos from the March 18th opening of 13 Who Knew, an art show showcasing works of thirteen artists at the Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Ave, Winnipeg.

The show runs until April 22, 2010 and includes works by Les Klassen, Patrick Ross, Barry Gibson, Shawn Coates, Brian Longfield, Leif Norman, Greg Hanec, Carmen Ponto, Kelly Ruth, Tyler Funk, Andrew Milne, Leslie Supnet, and Doreen Girard.

Wooden sculptures: Andrew Milne.

Mixed Media: Doreen Girard.

Illustration: Leslie Supnet.

Photography: Tyler Funk

Painting: Kelly Ruth

Painting: Brian Longfield

13 Who Knew on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=345174202300&ref=ss

Hooked on Heroes!

13 Who Knew was shown in conjunction with the Hooked on Heroes! exhibit in the William Feldman Memorial Gallery, on the Graffiti Gallery’s second floor.

In Hooked on Heroes!, children invented their own person super-heroes, made capes, drew comics, and created character profiles.

The Winnipeg Graffiti Gallery: http://www.graffitigallery.ca/
More photos of 13 Who Knew & Hooked on Heroes! : IT³ on Flickr

The State of the Arts in Canada: Past Show – Christy Langer’s Reprise

Christy Langer’s Reprise exhibit ran from October 17 – November 14, 2009 at Christopher Cutts Gallery, 21 Morrow Avenue, in Toronto’s Roncesvalles / Dundas West neighbourhood.

Langer’s life-like sculptural works of resin, fibreglass, styrofoam, string, and oil paint depicted birds and other animals atop glinting false snow, hanging on thin wire from the ceiling, or affixed to the wall with metal rods or string and horseshoe nails.

Langer’s Reprise installation was shown in conjunction with Insurrectos (Rebels), a collection of Matias Sanchez paintings.

For more information & to see more works by Christy Langer and Matias Sanchez, visit the Christopher Cutts Gallery at http://www.cuttsgallery.com/
Christy Langer: http://www.cuttsgallery.com/dynamic/artist.asp?ArtistID=53
Matias Sanchez: http://www.cuttsgallery.com/dynamic/artist.asp?ArtistID=41

January Update at Syphilitic Mermaids Magazine

As seen at syphmag.net:

January Update at Syphilitic Mermaids Magazine:


21 Questions

There was a time when you, kind readers, were limited to the dimensions of touch, sound, sight, and smell. Oh, box faced friends, reaching us through familiar sensations of fingers and electrical currents – through all the poetry that could and likely has been amassed on the subject of our modern processes –are these new touches, these touches which sometimes tire you.

You have a breadth of life in a world you do not understand, or perhaps understand too well. When your fingers breathe, they leave a fog on panes of strange glass which make up windows impossible to break. They are everywhere, unless you are poor, my friends, and unless you are not with us today.

A new body has wrapped itself around our own, and within its skin teem the beings we love, and the beings we desperately rely on to love us, sparkling, so much better, and embodying all the modern cliches of distance and closeness. And within this skin we flail ourselves about, soundlessly, as our own bodies – encased yet so obviously separate, grow distracted. Toes tap; heads tip on their shoulders; eyes strain against the bidding of our generation.

As we abbreviate our love and make our clever side steps into personality against the blinding light, the sources; the rules and the codes, an understanding has been reached that we are all in this together. Like ceramic creatures in a glass globe, we shake, and we let our hopes rise and fall, united by a delicate, yet all enveloping sky.

Friends may be few; friends may be questionable; friends may be more undetectably rotten than ever before. But here, at least, you have us. Know that wherever you are, we are in the same hands, and always will be.

This month at SM²:

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New from : ‘Lil Comics:
21 Questions
Twenty-one selections from Pablo Neruda’s poem The Book of Questions are tenderly illustrated by ‘Lil, as she imagines the adventures of Syphmag’s dear Lara Violet, an octopus, and a flying bicycle.
lilcomics

New from : Betty McKenzie:
American Thanksgiving
A holiday ignites a flashback to thieveries committed by nature against small pink children in this, a forth Leaving Story from our New York correspondent, Betty.

New from Rockmell Comics:
Rockmell Year in Review: October through December
The second installment of Rockmell’s year in review brings more obscure science jokes (we remind our readers, even in light of our introduction this month, of the existence of Wikipedia), cold weather, skinny boys, and lonely Christmases.
rockmellcomics

New from Sketchbookkid Photo Diary:
Sketchbookkid finally catches up, and posts November through January 15th. SBK inhabits three homes in three months as she pursues her infamous lifestyle of extremes in social obligations and almost total isolation.
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Coyote Rosebud sends her regrets: the next installment of The Voracious Mouth of Roadkill Rita will be posted in our February update. Kram has no regrets. Dottie Jax remains hard at work writing a novel detailing the tamer side of Insane Clown Posse fans, and regrets only that.

Suggesting dreams of tiny sledgehammers from the garden wall,

Nicolaas Van Roon, ed.

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reposted by Syphmag friends, IT³.

2010 & IT³’s Year in Music:


photo of Lara Violet by SBK

All the best in the new year decade, from I’m Trying I’m Trying I’m Trying, ltd.

2009 saw the launch of our website, as well as the release of limited edition comic Wild Strawberries by Tiny Tommy Comics, chapbook Pure Animal Instinct by Dottie Jax, and our first musical release, A Brief Affair of Limping and Gathering of Clipped Wings by Kram Ran. We appeared at several small press fairs and zine conventions, and were involved in two art exhibits with Syphilitic Mermaids Magazine.

2010 will bring more small press releases, as well as artist pages, including Reetbot and Syphmag’s SBK. Our State of the Arts in Canada blog will also continue.

Thank you, friends, for all of your support thus far and in the new decade.





IT³’s Year In Music:

Top 10 Albums of the Year:

10. Joan of Arc – Flowers
9. The Depreciation Guild – In Her Gentle Jaws
8. To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie – Marlone
7. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Vs. Children
6. Former Ghosts - Fleurs
5. Thee Oh Sees – Zork’s Tape Bruise
4. The Appleseed Cast – Sagarmatha
3. Aarktica – In Sea
2. The Pink Noise – Alpha
1. The Mountain Goats – The Life of the World to Come

Runners up:

Clues – Clues
Swan Lake – Enemy Mine

Albums we wish we listened to more:

Pan American – White Bird Release
Mount Eerie – Wind’s Poem

Other full lengths that we liked from 2009:

Blackout Beach – Skin of Evil
Evangelista – Prince of Truth
Thee Oh Sees – Help
The Intelligence – Fake Surfers

Best Compilation:

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Advance Base Battery Life

Best EP (except we can’t mention it because IT³ released it):

Kram Ran – A Brief Affair of Limping and Gathering of Clipped Wings

so, Best EP:

The Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice – Moon Colony Bloodbath

Best Shows of 2009:

Thee Oh Sees @ Wrong Bar, Toronto
Stars Like Fleas and Echoes Still Singing Limbs @ La Sala Rosa, Montreal
The Depreciation Guild @ The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto

Best cover of the year:

The Mountain Goats – Drug Life (from Score! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers!)

Best album cover of the year:

The Pink Noise – Dream Code (re-issue on Sacred Bones Records)

December Update at Syphilitic Mermaids Magazine

As seen at syphmag.net:

December Update at Syphilitic Mermaids Magazine:


The Beautiful Things Project

December at Syphmag has been a quiet month so far. We collect half-empty and assorted matchbooks and lighters bearing the names and slogans of our establishments of employment, and set our rough drafts on fire. We brush the papers against the windows, melting the ice that’s formed there and scorching foreign, yet strangely authentic, new patterns onto the frosted glass. We enjoy our rewards as the warmed ice spills over onto the carpet in a small but cherished waterfall. We pass SBK’s camera amongst ourselves as we pose along side. A Syphmag Christmas vacation.

Why hold onto the past? We fill our stained, half-washed second hand pots and pans with our notes and letters; our old plans. We light them and we hold our icy hands over the flickering light of those ancient maps to our identities, those instigators to our accomplishments thus far. We watch as encouragement and anxieties from our former selves and friends burn brightly in our eyes, turning the cold blue light of our northern Canadian offices into a hot, warmly coloured tropical nightlife. Our subdued shivers could almost be called dancing.

The past is behind us, and your keepsakes lie forgotten, misplaced behind some ancient piece of furniture. You could light it all on fire, if need be, and you would survive this cruel season. You are separate from what has made you. You look for new things to collect; always new things to absorb and leave deflated in the basement sink.

Syphmag is here, with a new month’s worth of content. New comics from Rockmell and ‘Lil, a new poem from Winnipeg star Kram, and new prose from Betty McKenzie and Coyote Rosebud.


This month at SM²:

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New from Betty McKenzie:
Vinegar Hill.

New York is notorious as a place for the continent’s visionaries, but Betty McKenzie is onto the dream. In her third Leaving Story, Betty portrays a rare, disparate version of the city, where the movies and legends fail the actuality as much as the postcards.

New from Rockmell Comics:
Rockmell Year in Review: April through October
Resident science-head (and who isn’t trying to get hip with science, these days) Eli W. Rockmell draws half a year of memories, from biomedical conferences and Greek Proportion Theory to home-bleaching and Syphmag gallery shows.

New from : ‘Lil Comics:
The Beautiful Things Project
‘Lil’s newest mini series-comic, the first since her Winnipeg to Toronto hitchhiking epic, and follow up to The Coward Project, brings us a list of twenty-nine beautiful things, with accompanying tiny illustrations for each. Something sweet from the usually tough crowd at SM² – not to be missed.

New from Coyote Rosebud:
The Voracious Mouth of Roadkill Rita: Part Three
The third installation of The Voracious Mouth… takes a turn from the hedonistic as we find ourselves in a newly lit morning, our amorous characters changed from their performances of sleep, and with piano accompaniment.

New from Kram:
Chauffeur
In line with the holiday spirit, a funeral poem. After all – what year was that, when we unwrapped presents silently, while our parents sat dull and mournful before us? When we wore our newly uncovered, itchy sweaters to the viewing? When we learned that death, like our Kram, keeps no calendar? We bring you this poem on the gentle chance that the answer is ‘this one’.

New from Sketchbookkid Photo Diary:
Seemingly ever-tardy SBK collects a photo for each day in long past October, 2009. Spunky bands, hardwood floors, installations and the repetition of a few close friends fill this autumn month.
SBK would like us to note the camera problems plaguing October 2nd – October 13th, and their questionable artistic relevance.
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In a world of brief possession and revolving interests, it may be well to remember that parts of our worlds remain unchanging. Friends, the weather outside is sometimes frightful, no matter the longitude or hemisphere, and the new year will always bring with it some thoughts of those things past. Just remember: ten minutes of safety precautions can save hours of police reports and firemen’s lectures.

All our love at the close of 2009,

Nicolaas Van Roon, ed.

PS:
Was our update lacking in holiday spirit?
Syphmag reminds you that there are in fact two Tiny Tommy Christmas comics. 2006′s A Tiny Tommy Christmas Story (http://syphmag.net/tinytommycomics/07.htm), and 2007′s Elitist Misgivings Day (http://syphmag.net/tinytommycomics/31.htm). We’ve been assured that Tommy’s 2010 holiday comic will be the best yet, but until then, we hope you enjoy, and pass along, these old favourites.

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reposted by Syphmag friends, IT³.

The State of the Arts in Canada: Interview with Reetbot

IT³ caught up with Winnipeg’s Reetbot, one of this country’s most hard working new artists, in a church at a Christmas craft fair. He spoke about his upcoming Santa themed show, his city, music, feelings, and pizza.

Performer Kram Ran, newly back in Winnipeg, tagged along.

Reetbot’s upcoming show, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…, opens in Winnipeg on Thursday, December 10th.

IT³: How are the fans, Reetbot?

Reetbot: What fans? I have no fans, unfortunately. I have this one crazy stalker girl who basically rips off everything I do. I have some fans in my apartment actually, but I have to crank them to get them to work… and then they make this crazy noise like, durrrrrrrrrrrrr…

What’s the show all about?

Santa’s struggle to cope with the debt that Christmas brings each year. He pays slave wages to the elves, but the cost of gas…

What about the reindeer?

They’re a myth.
Really I just painted Santa because he’s creepy. But it could also be interpreted as my love for pizza.

In what way?

I always eat pizza while painting. It makes me feel like I’m on heroin, it surges through my body and sometimes I can’t remember what’s happening. It’s my comfort mechanism. When I was 20 I found out Santa wasn’t real. Now I fill the void with pizza… and paintings of Santa Clause.

Who the fuck is Reetbot?

Reetbot is a group of ten people. They’re all sailors. No, he’s just some stupid kid and he paints these little characters. Honestly he’s not even real. Basically, I found a Reetbot well and I pull these things out of it. It’s an endless well of crappy paintings, and I just pull these out of it… I don’t know.

Why is the well in Winnipeg?

Because we’re the center shit hole of Canada. No, there’s so much good stuff coming out of Winnipeg right now; there needs to be really TERRIBLE art to contrast it. It’s like an ego booster. “If Reetbot can do it, anyone can!” Plus, it’s the best place in the world.

Are you the guy who spray painted my garage the other night?

No no, that’s Re-boot. Reetbot doesn’t paint houses or cars, only children in strollers. And breasts.

Will you paint a deer in a forest for my grandpa’s living room?

I have like 10 deers in forests already. But if he wants a custom made one, totally. Still lives are my speciality, but I love nature paintings too.

What is the nicest thing a stranger’s ever said to you?

I got a call after my show last year saying great things. This guy called me Shitbot, and said the gallery shouldn’t have Reetbot shows because the neighbourhood gets plastered every time with graffiti up and down the block like a plague. I thought that was a big compliment – it must take a pretty special person to accomplish that. It’s like being in the mob, but I’m a white kid from the suburbs. It all comes back to pizza. I had another show where I played that message on a tape player, and people could listen on headphones.

They left a message?

Yeah, on the gallery’s machine.

What’s going on artistically in Canada right now?

Oh man. This is the first time I’ve left my apartment in a month. Graffiti everywhere, it never sleeps. Yesterday I was waiting for the bus, and a guy asked me to buy one of his portraits. It was awesome, but I had no money. So that’s happening. People are hustlin’. Oh, and Reetbot shows.

How does graffiti cope with Winnipeg winters?

It thins the herd. Graffiti loves Winnipeg winters. Reetbot only paints graffiti in the winter. But I don’t know anything about it.

What are your thoughts on this craft sale?

I love the caroller. Lots of cute girls. Some sweet treats over there. I saw a kid sneezing on them earlier, and I’m thinking I might buy one so I can get sick and miss work on Monday. Sales are good, I actually sold something. So that’s a step forward.

What gets Reetbot out of the house?

If my internet connection goes down then I have to go to the library. I can’t order pizza on the phone, because I’m scared of the phone. I need to order pizza online.

So just pizza?

Whenever City Champs play a show. Oh, and craft sales. At churches.

Top five albums of the decade?

What?

Just wing it.

Alright… Matching Socks, Missing Feet by the The Bonaduces. The Get Up Kids: Something to Write Home About. American Football’s self titled… Dog Disco by Leatherface, and, um…. wait, let me think for a minute.

Sure.

My Downtrodden Smile – My Downtrodden Smile

My Downtrodden Smile? Are you in that band?

I wish. I was 15 when they played their last show at the Albert, and I wasn’t sneaky enough to sneak in yet.

What do you say to bands or artists who pass over Winnipeg because it’s a frozen shithole?

I say, I stole your music on the internet and I never want to see your art again. Also, any band that has come through and stayed with me can attest that I make the best grilled cheese sandwiches and have the cuddliest cats, so they’re missing out.

Kram Ran: I make the best grilled cheese sandwiches.

Reetbot: I don’t know… we’ll see. We’ll have a cook off.

IT³: What does this city need the most?

It doesn’t need anything – it’s perfect. It needs more youth oriented programs. And more pizza places. I want pizza with sesame seed crusts.

Last time you cried?

Last night. I cry every day. Life is hard. I listen to too much Dashboard Confessional, also I write too much poetry for my own good. But seriously I hate life. I get really depressed and I cry. Some days I cry twice a day. Or three times. There’s no limit. No one’s ever caught me though.

Does your art come from the place of secret tears?

Sometimes, yes. Sometimes I’m so upset that I throw something, rip a canvas, and make my art even better. One canvas I ripped and had to sew back together. I was like, oh man, this is awesome. But mostly my tears are self serving. I’m wasting time when I should be painting. One day I’ll learn to multitask.

What’s next post Santa show?

Go explore the world in a canoe; disappear. Write the greatest musical anyone has ever seen – all disco trance music with a hint of soul. About a fox who lost his hole, so he grows up into a bitter old fox man. I’m still working out the kinks.

So this is the farewell show?

Yeah, in this life.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… runs from December 10th-19th at the Cre8ery gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Opening night is the evening of Thursday, December 10th.

The Cre8ery: http://cre8ery.com/
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#/event.php?eid=223466048792&ref=mf

The State of the Arts in Canada: Past Show – The Leona Drive Project

Running from October 22-31 in Toronto as part of the Toronto International Art Fair, The Leona Drive Project took place on five properties in Willowdale, a northern suburb adjoined with Sheppard Station.

The five houses slated for demolition, 9, 11, 15, 17 and 19 Leona Drive, were transformed and open to the public free of charge for one week. The exhibit also included a public forum on urban planning, film projections, and daily artist talks.

The Leona Drive Project featured a life-sized green ‘Monopoly’ house, a car smashed through the window of 17 Leona Drive, make-shift shelters in the backyards, red lipstick coating every surface of an upstairs bathroom, a room of white pennies nailed to the wall (after the saying ‘a penny saved is a penny earned’), and more.

For more information, see the Leona Drive Project’s brochure:

or visit http://www.leonadrive.ca/