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Arts, not smarts

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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...." 

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Postcards from the Edge

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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....

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Artist sends his postcards, but pity the poor postie

wall covered in crushed pop cansLes 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....

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Popcan Review

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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....

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Pop Politics

[alt text]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....

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Popart

crushed pop canToronto 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...

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Local artist hopes to start a pop can revolution

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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....

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Marge Simpson Loves Ringo Starr in Paint

[alt text]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....

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Marge as Life

[alt text]The first time Les Paterson saw Mr. Burns naked, the Toronto artist was underwhelmed. The second time, it was a revelation....

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Will the real Marge please stand up

Marge pointing to painting of Mr.BurnsScene 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....

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Paterson proves icons can be fun

Artist Les Paterson's painting of a cometSometimes 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....

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Hand-pict icons

Artist Les Paterson's painting of OgopogoIn 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....

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Big Sex

Cover of August 1999 Vue WeeklyIn 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....

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It's big, it's sexy... but is it art?

Kali's Dress by artist Memi Von GazaThe 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....

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