Heavyweight art installation PHASE ONE: 1999 NORTH AMERICAN, LIVE PAINTING SERIES
Sep 15, 2000 - Nov 05, 2000

Heavyweight art installation


September 15 to November 5, 2000


OPENING  September 14, 7:00 to 10:00 PM.



Heavyweight Art Installation is a Montreal-based collective formed in 1998 and consists of painter Gene Starship, graphic designer Tyler Gibney and graffiti artist Dan Buller.  In 1999, Heavyweight began producing a series of paintings on 6 x 6 ft. canvases at live jazz, hip-hop and techno events.  During the summer of 1999, Heavyweight was invited to create paintings on a six week North American tour with world renowned London (UK) bands: The Herbalizer and Roots Manuva.  From September 14 to November 5, 2000 the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art will present a selection of this art, curated by David Liss of the Gallery of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts. The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 12-5 p.m.  Admission is free.


Working simultaneously on a single canvas, the three artists derived inspiration from the music, people and atmosphere of each event.  Buller focused on detailing the human figures; Starship worked on the graffiti-style text, patterns and detail; and Gibney contributed to the over-all concept and took Polaroids of the DJs or musicians performing for integration into the piece.  Occasionally, the group included historical or iconographic figures in the compositions from their file of collected photographic source materials – a visual equivalent of the rap and pop music technique of “sampling.”  Although each artist’s individual style is apparent, these resulting striking compositions are highly resolved and effectively convey the energy, spontaneity and ambience of a specific moment in time, radicaly blurring and expanding the conventional boundaries between “high” and “low” art, commercial design and street-style graffiti.


For further information: contact Eleanor Darke at (416) 395-7599