Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Art Sale to benefit Derek McCormack

Earlier this year Toronto writer (and fixture of the local arts community) Derek McCormack was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. I want to paraphrase the late Christopher Hitchens' joke about looking down on people with 'lesser cancers' but I don't have the literary dexterity to move from talking about someone I care a lot about, to making a crass joke, however hilarious (and in keeping with Derek's dark sense of humour).

To assist Derek financially through the terrible ordeal, Micah Lexier, Jason McBride and a number of other people have brought together a great group of artists for an online fundraising sale that begins Sunday April 1st, at noon, but previews now, at

The artists included are Micah Adams, Will Alsop, David Altmejd, Shary Boyle, Kim Dorland, myself, Vincent Fecteau, Robert Fones, Geoffrey James, Linda Jones, Tom Koken, Micah Lexier & Derek McCormack, Ken Nicol, Paul P., Roula Partheniou, Paul + Wendy Projects (including works by Michael Dumontier + Neil Farber, Daniel Eatock, Micah Lexier), Ian Phillips, Jon Sasaki, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Seth, Derek Sullivan, Scott Treleaven, Flavio Trevisan Joy Walker, Margaux Williamson, and Laurel Woodcock.

There are a few editions included (making this post not entirely off-topic) and works by many artists who have been or will be discussed here in future entries. There are some very strong pieces included, making it a great opportunity to buy a work and support an excellent cause. 100% of the sale price goes directly to Derek.

Additionally, Superframe (who have framed everything I've made and everything I own for the last five+ years) have an incredible deal where they are offering to frame the unframed pieces at a 25% discount, AND then contribute all after-cost profits directly to Derek as well.

My small contribution is a new work called Found Portrait of Joe Dallesandro, which consists of the two album covers that the Warhol superstar appeared on: the Smiths' 1984 debut (which used a still from the Warhol film Flesh) and Warhol's famous zipper cover for the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, combined as a single portrait.

A few samples of some of the other forty works offered are pictured below (Micah Lexier, Laurel Woodcock, Joy Walker, Roula Partheniou, David Altmejd):

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