Arts, not smarts
07 March 2012 | by Lia Grainger | The Grid TO
According to Art Battle co-founder Simon Plashkes, the purpose of the monthly live competitive painting event at Queen West’s Great Hall is "to start a conversation about what makes good art...."
Postcards from the Edge
August 2007 | Toronto Life
Pop is clearly Les Paterson's thing — be it culture, politics or cans. Last year he showed his Marge Simpson Project at Lennox Contemporary, for which he recreated all the blue-tressed cartoon character's....
Artist sends his postcards, but pity the poor postie
12 August 2007 | by Gary Michael Dault | The Globe and Mail
Les Paterson, whose Marpe Simpson Project was a big hit at Toronto's Lennox Contemporary last years, is now back at Lennox again with a second exhibition , this one called The Pop Can Poll: A Democracy Project....
10 August 2007 | by Revista | Evil Feminist Witch
The artist, Les Paterson, spent the last two months collecting as many pop cans as possible, flattening them down, and making them into postcards to be sent the House of Commons. Already, Canada Post has been giving him some trouble....
09 August 2007 | by David Balzer | Eye Weekly
Paterson's got another appealing trick up his sleeve: "The Pop Can Poll," an exhibit of a thousand discarded aluminum cans, crushed and turned into postcards — on which people have written messages to members of parliament....
07 August 2007 | by David McGinn | National Post
Toronto artist Les Paterson calls his latest project, The Pop Can Poll "an experiment in art and democracy." Paterson, 35 has collected 1,000 pop cans, flattened them and glued a piece of paper with Parliament Hills address to on side...
Local artist hopes to start a pop can revolution
19 July 2007 | by Carrie Brunet | Scarborough Mirror / InsideToronto.com
Paterson is asking people to write their own message, and hasn't coached any of his subjects.... Instead, each person is encouraged to write their own message. So far the results have been varied....
Marge Simpson Loves Ringo Starr in Paint
25 July 2006 | by Jenny | blogTO.com
The collection of Springfield portraits ... coincide with the paintings of Ringo Starr, a nude Mr. Burns ... and Homer on the couch with beer and undies, all works of art potentially painted by Marge Simpson....
Marge as Life
21 July 2006 | by Dave McGinn | National Post / Canada.com
The first time Les Paterson saw Mr. Burns naked, the Toronto artist was underwhelmed. The second time, it was a revelation....
Will the real Marge please stand up
20 July 2006 | by Peter Goddard | Toronto Star
Scene I: A somewhat befuddled art critic is about to trash an announcement for "The Marge Simpson Project," a chow at Lennox Contemporary starting today -he gets hundreds of these press releases- when something about the artist's name strikes him....
Paterson proves icons can be fun
August 1999 | by Scott Lingley | SEE magazine
Sometimes art deals with immense, unwieldy concepts like love and death and the destiny of the individual in the face of a vast, indifferent universe ... These days, Les Paterson prefers the fun stuff....
August 19 – 25, 1999 | by Danielle Zyp | Vue Weekly
In his second exhibition, Iconoplastic, artist Les Paterson is playing; he plays with paint, he plays with ideas and he plays with words. "'Iconoclastic' means destroying icons, smashing them down," he says....
July 1998 | by Linda Park | SEE magazine
In organizing the exhibition, curator Les Paterson decided upon a markedly unconventional way of selecting the works. By inviting specific artists to submit work rather than selectively choosing artwork, Paterson allowed for a free and impromptu interchange....
It's big, it's sexy... but is it art?
July 16 – 22, 1998 | by Danielle Zyp | Vue Weekly
The disclaimer reads "mature themes, nudity and sexuality." It's not pornography, though — it's art. Why isn't it pornography? you may ask. The simple reason is, of course, because this representation of things sexual is designed to evoke and aesthetic or emotional response....