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Posted by on Feb 18, 2011 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 0 comments

Photo by Vera Ellen

Hey Dorota!

Glad to hear that you are resurfacing, i was worried about you. No biggie about laying low for a while, sometimes the body and the brain do not always jive with everything we want to do. I don’t think it is out of a lack of pushing yourself or even being a little lost trying to make sense of everything but I think it’s just a good break that you need in order to put everything back the way it was. When we have too much, we lose our senses of directions, our thoughts get scattered and shattered all over and it is hard to keep them all together. Been there too:-)

No need to feel guilty at all. You’ll find your way back eventually and take the time it takes to head back to normal.

All is good here, real busy with artwork with Marie-Josee and my own of course, i am sure that you have been following some stuff on FB. I do not post everything there that i am working on but the main stuff. Busy with gallery shows and planning 2011. It’s great! I have tons of work and never bored. :-)

Sounds like a lot but i still have the time for the next adventure with my darling Dorota when you are ready!

Funny but the other night i was relaxing watching a movie and i thought… when was the last time i went out? I can’t even remember… you know the type of night of going for dinner, movie, cocktails, bars and the night is always young… I have been such a home, studio, work mode that i cannot actually recall a full night of just letting go. The only things i do for entertainment are vernissages, hanging out at home with movies, pot lucks with friends and some small gatterings. Even on New year’s eve Bruce and I went to our friends Robert and Lara to watch a movie and eat dinner. And in all seriousness it was the best!

I think i am aging? :-) Kidding…

Without noticing i have been narrowing down my priorities. I still would love to go and hang out and go wild. But i rule a lot of it out. Since,  i got more intensively focused on my work i seem to function better. I am an artist and i love what i do, i made some compromises this last year and i am so much more productive now!

I guess what i am saying is that life does not need to be filled with options and opportunities that you are afraid to miss out on because in the end, it is your work that will be remembered. For me i would rather push myself into my art to give to to others than letting myself go and to not provide what i am good at (art).

Whatever inspires you now, is what you should be working on.

You write: Show them.

I do art:  Show them.

Love you tons baby and never forget the artist in you.

JXXX

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Yeah, Noho is getting visited!

Posted by on Oct 7, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 0 comments

Didn’t I tell you about the show? Thought i did but perhaps i lost track of things. Well the show was postponed a few times, so you may have known of a previous date that still needed to be confirmed… But for sure it is this saturday night Oct 9th! Oh and i will be there too! Via satellite:-)

Some great art too!

Cheers

Jerome

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Re-count (Collages)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 1 comment

 

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So i was right on the dot. There are 2 more collages in mint condition at my mom’s house. Two larger ones. Making a total of 4!

I cannot quite remember how many you had, but i remember that one sold in Montreal during our Exposed show. Does this count make 5 pieces? If there were more, i could look deeper in the gazillion closets and storage spaces my mom has and try to find more:-) But i think this may be the correct count.

I am going back to Trois-Rivieres this week-end to an an all artist party-gathering saturday night. On sunday, i will visit my mom and i can take pictures of them. Remember that i am not the best photographer but will try my best. Once i am back in Montreal, i will send them to you and also take pics of the two i have here at my house.

Yeah, i really am between two cities these days, always something…Never stops.

This picture on this post is unrelevant to our work but just wanted to share my pride and happiness on a new photoset that Listo films Montreal is doing for me about one of my lamps i finished designing last winter. This lamp is called -LOGAN- an LED reading table lamp fully articulated. Inspired by the 70′s film Logan’s run.

I asked my sister Josee to be the model for this lamp. the pics are turning great! Still in the works but more are coming!

Cheers, Jerome

PS: LOVE you too georgous babe!

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Pity party…Nahhh.

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 1 comment

Dorotalander,

Oh yeah, i know what you mean about a mental blockage in whatever forms of any creation. We all encounter them form time to time. But hey, it eventulally goes away and in no time there will be that spark that will trigger your brain and i promise you that even your shadow will have a hard time following you. It can be a day, a week, a month, whatever it takes. Remember that Lila’s last pages are the most important ones, give her justice man! Don’t rush things and get the best last bit of her story! You are one of the most determined, stubborn and ambicious woman i know and i can’t see you going like this forever! If you do, i’ll take a GodDamn plane to you and give you a spanking you won’t forget:-)

Actually i think i am wrong with my calculation of your collage that perished in the fire. I have 2 here, the one with the original dentist hand holding the ring box with lots of blue skies and green foliage (which need a little touch up that i will repair like new), and a little one with the dentist face sideways with Lila’s booth below.

BUT i think my mother has other ones stored at her house. Because after the fire, things got so crazy and so quickly that she took a lot of art from the debris and i think that some more may have survived. The chances are high, because all of your collages were tightly wrapped in the far back of my studio where the fire did not get to, only water and heavy smoke damage but that only made it on the wrapping, the content should be intact. I am going to visit her this wekk-end and i will check.

Other news, i took the whole month of August off from the arts, the whole month of July was dedictated to the preparations of the North Hollywood show, which has now been postponed to October 2nd to another gallery space still curated by Cella Gallery but in a new concept of Satellites shows. I will give you more details later on.

In addition, i collaborated with Marie-Josee Roy once more on some pieces for a December show in New-York at EA gallery and also for Montreal  at Galerie Le Royer. Soooo, yeah, uncle Jerome needed a little break….But now ready for some more, nice to take a break but i feel a but art-trigger happy. So bring Lila in, whenever she is ready let’s give her life!

But the art-break was fun too! Bruce is applying to be a REF for the next Rollerderby season in Montreal, the man has never QuadSkate his entire life. So i thought…Oh my, he will break both his legs…So i got a pair of Quadskates too and i have been going with him to practice. Another one of my little kept athletic secrets is that i used to be a freestyle champion (yes with many medals…) QuadSkates in my young days from 1980 to 1987. So i have a baggage of skating tricks that i have been teaching him the best i can…i am not a very eloquent teacher…He says…. But at least he gets to watch my moves.

It was very strange to get back on QuadSkates after soooo many years, but it is pretty much like riding a bycicle…only i am now 40. My pirouettes and jazzy moves are a little rusty but we are having a blast getting them back and i am amazed how fast it is coming bck to me:-)

Thanks for looking into the Dentist and the Toothfairy high res pics for me, whenever you get a chance, send them my way, my website is currently being entirely re-done.

Yeah it’s funny, i just realized that we have not posted in a while. Guess this blog is a a surprise everytime from two very busy people…but the best thing is that they ever gonna get the best out of us when our shit (writting and arts) gets to them!

Hee hee

Cheers, Jerome

PS: Keep going at it! You are a writer:-)

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Playing hair dresser

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 1 comment

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I had an extra day off this week, long week-end Victoria day. I love when these happens, gives me an extra day to work on stuff stuff, practice new techniques etc.

So yesterday i decided to invent-create what Lila’s hair may look like. I’ve always like the idea of Whip hair. My first idea was to make the whole hair made of whips but thought it would not be clear enough on drawing. So i sort of had whips anchored to her forehead brushing back.

lila hair 2

I made this one in watercolor and ink (instead of acrylics which is my medium of choice) i though with watercolor, it gives more of a fluid look. In time, when the photographs transferred onto canvas will be in my hands, it may turn out to be slightly different, but the main idea of the whips appeals to me. (yeh this one is not a tranferer, it is entriely painted)

What do you think?

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Gosh…What a couple of weeks

Posted by on May 12, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 3 comments

Sorry readers, i have been out of the loop for the past weeks because…

A- I had a collaborative piece that i worked on with artist Marie-Josee Roy for a a show at the Cirque du Soleil headquarters. The opening night was last wednesday and it went very well. Our piece sold too!

B- I worked on the Oldbury band new album cover as well as re-working their logo. It was so much fun to do. One thing i love about this band is that we have such a great understanding and laid back collaboration. No fuss, no art snobism… Just plain creation. I dig their style (and music too!) and they come up with ideas that i draw that are very much along my drawing board and ideologies. So we rock and jive. Love working with them!

C- Also finished creating some 3D art (chandeliers and lamps) And getting ready for a photoshoot of them.

D- Slowly working on new pieces for a group show in Montreal for July. I am doing watercolor…WTF can you believe it?… WATERCOLOR…!!!!! Yeah but they will be -a la Jerome-…New techniques… So far looking very nice with good ol’ Jerome twisted stuff. Nothing better then a dead body with machines in watercolor…Dunno… it give some zest:-)

And E- But not the least- Getting Lila created! Which is getting there!

About the progresses of Lila, Rissa introduced me to Sara, a friend of hers. Rissa sent me some shots of Sara a little while back and since i have been looking at those pictures and started to mold Lila around her. At first Rissa told me that Sara is a little older than what Lila would be i real (written) life, so i waited for the pics.

To give you readers a little bit of the backgroung of such difficult casting, some of the girls that Rissa told me about and sent me pics of would have been perfect for the look of Lila (goth style with the whole make-up dark feature, severe expression, dramatic etc) But when i turned around and started to think about my artistic approaches and techniques i am planning on creating Lila, i realized that my challenge was not there entirely. These girls sure are knock outs and georgous but they are pretty much done… Meaning that i do not have a lot of room to create. Girls, you are beautiful, why would i want to re-create you?

Sara is different in a good way, in all honestly i was not sure at first but then the more i look at her pics, the more ideas i received, she challenges me in a creative sense. First, Rissa wrote me saying that Sara has blond hair, respecting Lila’s futur look i would of thought NO and i would have said- i need darker hair, flat and ironed-. Funny how hair can be important even it’s color!

But then i realized that if i were to draw upon her , blond Hair works at my advantage to create a much more elaborate drawn hairstyle, with blond hair i could draw filligrees upon each strand of hair with lots of details. Just to imagine how much i could do darkening up her hair with details gives me goosbumps. I think that this what i needed. To open my mind and work upon someone to create a character versus enhancing someome too close to the character. Lila should be artistic and inventive. Sara, somehow gived me more options to experiment. Hard to explain right now in this ealry of a stage but i guess i needed a model that i would leave me more room to create. Sara gives me this so far. And i feel more comfortable to go crazy on her face and body because Sara gives me more room.

And she has a face of an angel, great features that i can definately work upon, flexible, and a great smile.

The best is someone said to me once…When somebody smiles so well, their dramatic expression”s switch can be just as drastic and surprising (translating a french quote here…) Meaning, that someone that can have such a happy expression can do the opposite in a flash versus someone that has sad expresssion and try to smile (do i make sense?)

Next is to get Sara’s pics transferred onto canvas (once Rissa does the shoot), i have 2 contacts in the city that can do an awesome job. I think i will illustrate the Lila book onto canvas like it was was a painting with photographic transfer… I feel comfortable with the medium so why not?

So yeah, this is where i am so far.

My dear and beloved Dorota…Glad you are out of the writer’s block! Call me this week-end, or i will call you, would love to know Lila’s wereabouts (ah and yes gossiping about stuff too)

Rissa-I tried to phone you between a thousand things but your phone answering system has not been set up yet. Mind you… Your husband is staying with us for the next few days, i am sure to talk to you then!

Sara- Looking foward to this futur collaboration! Muse!

Jerome

Oh and lastly here’s a pic unrealted to Lila but a fun one, it was taken a friend of ours first vernissage last week (Shannon Myers), Thought that i would put her on the spot, great photographer and a bright futur ahead!

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