Friday, December 6, 2013

Peering Out From An Abyss

I have a show coming up at OZ Kafe in Ottawa! How nice. You should come if you live there and if you don't that's too bad!

"The 'Julia Dickens' is an artist volcanically erupting from beneath Toronto's precambrian crust. Millions of years of evolution has seen The Julia's deep reservoirs of ink and paint form lines and shapes reminiscent of modern day people, along with words and other nouns. These artifacts have been gathered by scientists, with various instruments and official clothing, in order to give an insight into a mystical world hidden deep within the Earth, and in your own mind, man. Dig it."

My friend Matt King wrote that ^ (not Matt King from DDMMYYYY/Absolutely Free, Ottawa's Matt King who is also a great dude). The show is happening Monday the 16th,  7 pm to 2 am. WAHOO LETS PARTY or whatever have a nice moderately exciting Monday evening. There will be snacks! I'm going to make a playlist! OZ has great cocktails, I'm going to drink all of them! XOXO see u there <3

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Punchclock Fundraiser!

Hey buddies, here is a thing you should know about!

My screen printing studio, Punchclock, is having a fundraiser this weekend! All the information is below, you can find the Facebook event here.

at Double Double Land
Saturday, November 30th
Doors 9pm
Sliding scale $5- $10

MC'd by Cameron Lee

and the musical stylings of
New Fries
LLVK: Sook-Yin Lee/Adam Litovitz/Brandon Valdivia/Benjamin Kamino
Carl Didur
Petra Glynt

~Stage decor by Eunice Luk

~Special tequila mix drink

~ALSO *official* unveiling of screenprinted wallpaper stairwell at DDL by Alicia's Klassic Kool Shoppe

at Punchclock
251 Sorauren Avenue
Sunday, December 1st
1- 8pm

Studio sale of screenprinted and risographed art prints, t-shirts, sweaters, tote bags, stickers and more!

Get amazing work and great deals from these artists:
Jacob Horwood, Jacob Jurkiewicz, Jesjit Gill, Eunice Luk, Alicia Nauta, Heing Tang, Peter Kalyniuk, Julia Dickens, Ryan Hayes, Steve Shearer and Jimmy Brannen

See you there!
LOVE Punchclock


Tuesday, November 12, 2013



A quick post here to put up some photos of my piece from Ghost Hole, the East Window of Gallerywest and my poster design for Ghost Hole as well.

"Slimebrary" from Ghost Hole V

"Slimebrary" from Ghost Hole V

"Slimebrary" from Ghost Hole V
Ghost Hole V Poster
"What It Is," 2013

Things are very busy! There's been a lot of projects that have dropped into my lap recently (and a few that I've sought out) and I'm very anxious about everything. One new thing, created solely in the interest of fun, is my new music blog, The Loving Echo. Featuring exclusively female contributors, The Loving Echo is a much needed space for ladies to share mix tapes, pod casts and other miscellaneous music things. Check it out! Follow us! Expect mixes from myself, Melanie Bristow Hill, Katie Lavoie, Jayme Keith, Maryanne Casasanta, Alicia Nauta, Kate McEdwards, Lauren Raham and hopefully more.

That's it that's all! TTYL TTFN!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Windows that look into other windows

So these past few months have been kinda gnarly but I'm proud to show some documentation of the two window istallations that I've completed this past summer. My pals at XPACE snapped some great photos of my piece 'Don't Go,' up for the month of August which I just recently took down. If you didn't get a chance to see it in person, here are the shots:

And also here is a link to the PDF of the essay Kirsten McCrea wrote about my piece. Thanks girl! I love it, its pretty much perfect...

Also, here is quick snap of my Gallerywest Window, which will be up for an undetermined amount of time. The gallery is located at 1172 Queen West, squeezed right in the strip between the Drake and Gladstone hotels (also my old neighborhood). Thanks to Brette Gabel and Evan Tyler for inviting me to show my work in such highly visible spot!

This update is long overdue and I have tons of news to share: Ghost Hole coming up on Oct 26th, solo show at OZ Cafe, doing a project for the January edition of Fucked Up's Long Winter concert series (same month as fantastic pal Chris Foster), and co-curating a show at the OCADu Student Gallery with Diana Lynn VanderMuelen. I will be posting information about everything as its coming up, I'm scared and stressed and excited and thrilled. I also need another job, do you have one for me? I'm good at teaching kids and customer service and serving drinks and working reception and booking appointments and blogging and illustration and projecting movies in a small cinema and programming educational workshops and general Gallery busy work and probably some other things HIRE ME.

Sunday, October 6, 2013



I have lots of important news to relay and things are getting really exciting but for a second I would like to talk about GHOST HOLE, the Halloween art show my roommate and fantastic super friend Vanessa Rieger curates every year. It is happening again this year at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island, and I am very excited to be a participating artist, doing a two week artist residency for my Ghost Hole project, and be on the committee of organizers for this magical event.

In celebration of the season and also for the sake of making a compilation of spooky jams to listen to during those dark, late nights in the studio, here is my Ghost Hole Mix 'Tape.' A mish mash of stuff from my vinyl and what's leftover on my laptop after the Great Computer Crash of 2010 that I've never fully recovered from, I bring you a small collection of creepy tunes guaranteed to bring out the heebie jeebies. Hey guys and ghouls, you slimers, you ghostly visions of the night, this is your soundtrack for late night walks home, for quiet moments at home working on projects, for long stoned strolls through your local cemetery, your background music for this time when things are becoming darker and stranger, right through to the silent void of winter...

GHOST HOLE MIX by DJ Chickens (yeah, that's right)

Track list:

Voice of God - Jennifer Castle with Wyrd Visions
Strange Phenomena - Kate Bush
Things That Go Boom in the Night - Bush Tetras
Structure - Glenn Branca
Witching Hour - CROSSS
Cemetery Map - Chain and the Gang
When Mama Was Moth - Cocteau Twins
Ghost Bitch - Sonic Youth
Ghost Rider - Suicide
Mitternacht - Kraftwerk
Movements of a Vision - Tangerine Dream
(Something) - The Microphones
Tama - Tonto's Expanding Head Band
Shadows - Sewn Leather
Primal Eyes - The Soft Moon
TV Set - The Cramps
Slimer - Cold Warps
In the Doorway - The Misfits
Six Feet Cold - The Gories
The Fly - The Mummies
The Boy is Mine - U.S. Girls
Lady in the Radiator - Zola Jesus
I'm Dragging A Dead Deer Up a Hill - Grouper
Thunderdrums - Prince Rama
Donovan - Season of the Witch

WARNING this mix is an hour and a half and beings with an 8 minute song. Also it's the first online mix I've ever made. Play it at all your favourite haunts and HAPPY HALLOWEEN ya little freaks.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013



Oh. It seems as though I haven't updated this blog since uhhh April. How embarrassing for me. Well, don't panic guys, I haven't died or given up and moved to a shack in the woods. I'm still here, fumbling my way through life in dusty old Toronto, and man alive do I have some updates.

Lets start with the past!

I participated in this  ^ super duper fun even on June first. The Commonwealth is a new collective, started by Marishka Anne, Kelsey Stasiak and my gurlz over at GO HOME Print, Emma Sharpe and Shanley McGuire. Intending to bring together Toronto's small press artists and publishers, they hosted a kind of night market at the Sterling lofts. It was a hot and sweaty affair, ram jammed with vendors and folks who were kind enough to squeeze through the tiny space to purchase and appreciate everyone's prints, zines, publications and what have you. And to everyone's delight there was a SWEET bonfire to get drunk around outside and after people stopped caring about selling and buying things. It was great, lets do it again!

Also I should probably mention that an old drawing of mine was featured in issue 3 of GO HOME Magazine! The third issue looks SO GOOD, features awesome design work by Jenn Kitagawa, an interview with Mac DeMarco by Laura Lynn Petrick and a feature on my pal/ fave barista/ artist Shakeel Rehemtulla. Wowee zowee that's impressive.

Poster by Ben Jensen

Next on the list, I was asked to participate in a really sweet poster show at OZ Cafe in Ottawa as part of the Ottawa Explosion music festival. I got to show some work alongside some of my favourite Ottawa artists and pals and to top it off Vanessa, the lovely curator of the exhibition, not only bought both of my prints framed, but asked me to do a solo show later in the year! I was so flattered, I think I probably blushed and said 'thank you' too many times. The show will be in December, which is great because Christmas means people buy things. Isn't that how that works?

I'm honoured to be asked to do this and to show work at one of my fave spots in my rocking hometown. Whoever said Ottawa is boring doesn't know how to have fun.

Alrighty then, lets move on to the present. I have two kewl window installations going up this week! Isn't that nice for me?

The first will be at Gallerywest, located at 1172 Queen St. West. I've been curated into the east window space by my friend Brette Gabel. Brette is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Toronto but originally hails from Regina. I love Brette because she's funny and smart and kind but also because she was the first artist I befriended when I joined the White House over four years ago during my first year in the city.

I had heard about the White House through multiple channels and my friend Victoria Cowan was a member at the time. She contacted me that May of 2009 (or was it June?) to say that they were looking for new members and did I need studio space. Honestly, at the time, I didn't. I was making small illustrations that I could easily finish in my own tiny apartment. But, I was curious, and desperate to make friends within the artistic community (or at all, because at the time I think I knew all of 5 people in Toronto). So I agreed to go check it out. The old White House was located at College and Landsdowne, tucked away down a long driveway far from the street. It was really messy and I couldn't ever have imagined anyone using that place as a space to live in, but I was enchanted by it's weird crusty vibes, strangely sized rooms and creepy ass basement.

However, I was scared shitless of everyone. When I arrived to see the space, they were having a meeting about an upcoming exhibition at Gallery 1313 and a fundraising yard sale. Sitting through the meeting, I felt invisible and intimidated, and Victoria I think even felt the same way, even though she had been a member for at least a few months. I started to wonder what I was doing there, if I could ever feel accepted in this group of people, why I had the audacity to think I even needed a studio, and really generally just wanting to leave.

But in comes Brette! My friend Brette. I don't even remember what you said to me that day, but I just remember that you were the only person who actually talked to me. You probably have no idea, but you helped me to maybe think that I did belong there, mostly because I don't think you had any reason to doubt that I did.

It's just so funny to remember that day, being so scared of joining a community of people that now are actually all very good friends of mine. Vanessa, Jonny, Xenia, Cameron, Tomas, Alex... I can't even remember who else honestly but I just remember that before I broke the ice with everyone else, you were the first, Brette, and I was really grateful for that. It's incredible how being kind to someone, probably without even knowing how much that person was doubting themselves, can help give them the confidence to take a chance. And joining the White House was one of the best decisions I've ever made, truly.

Anways, go look at her blog! She also has a HAND TATTOO which is pretty bad ass if you ask me.

And, here is an instagram photo of the piece (almost completed) that will be featured in the window. Once it's hung and the vinyl lettering (oooOOoooOO) is up I'll take some proper documentation but just for a tasty...

Next we have the big one: a piece in the Window at Xpace Cultural Centre, my old workplace and one of my favourite artist run galleries in the city. I'll be recreating this piece (but with some new surprises!) that I made for the GO HOME Issue 2 magazine launch.

My artist statement for the piece, entitled 'Don't Go':

Don't Go is part of an ongoing process involving Dickens' attempts to face a specific fear formed from both personal experience and observations of changes within her community due to gentrification. The spaces we consider homes, both physically and emotionally, are constantly subject to upheaval and displacement, often unwanted. In this work, the phrase "Never Leave" becomes a simultaneously affectionate and threatening plea, based in a desperate desire to halt the linear trajectory of time, from which the loss of what we cherish the most will inevitably ensue.

The opening is Friday the 9th and if you are around I'd sure love to see your smiling face! Cheap cheep beers and pals and Amber Landgraff is curating a group exhibition in the main space featuring guess who? No one other than my friend Brette Gabel. She will be showing some of her beautiful illustrative quilts, including one that was shown in that very first White House show I participated in at Gallery 1313 back in July 2009. It's funny how things come full circle, huh?

I should also mention that my good friend Kirsten McCrea, artist and head honcho at Papirmasse, is doing the write up for  my piece. We had a lengthy interview to talk about it on Monday and wow is it ever cool to discuss ideas with friends, amirite? All the write ups for the exhibitions at Xpace are catalogued and included in a publication at the end of the year. I can't wait to see what she's written and I'm sure it will be more brilliant than my actual piece ;)

That's all for now! Next update will include documentation and probably I'll make a PDF of the writeup and oh yeah guess what I'M GOING TO LONDON ON SATURDAY. Nana nana boo boo, smell ya LATER Toronto!


Friday, April 5, 2013

Kazoo Fest and My Website!

Hi internet,

Poster by Gregory Pepper

Quick note to say that I'll be selling prints and zines in Guelph tomorrow for the Kazoo Fest Print Expo! If you live in the area come by and visit! It's from 11-3 pm. I will also be selling issues one and two of GO HOME Magazine, as well  as some GO HOME Gear.

Last but not least, I have finally made a website! Look at it!

ALSO ITS ALMOST SUMMER! I've been working out a lot, submitting to stuff, mostly getting rejected, crying a little, submitting some more, looking for a job (HIRE ME), still working part time at XPACE, eating lots of eggs because why not, buying lots of plants. I'm also really tired of people asking me why I am taking such a long time to finish my undergraduate, but its ok guys because I am taking a long time to finish my undergraduate.

Later aligators, xoxo.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

GO HOME Magazine Launch

Hey guys!

So one month later, here are some images from the GO HOME Magazine Launch at the White House Studio Project in Kensington Market.

All photos by Vince Vining (pictured above).

It was so great! I wore really crazy shoes and people complimented my work a bunch!

If you are interested in buying the magazine, the poster, or any other little treats from GO HOME please visit their store!

And thanks again to Emma Sharpe, Shanley McGuire and Rhodi Illiadou for making me your cover girl and feature artist of this issue. I had a great time and you ladies have worked so hard.

Stay tuned, I will be uploading images of my work from the launch, and probably some other things as well. I've filling out submissions, reading a bunch and have a few new projects in the works. It's cold today but summer is almost here and wow we deserve it guys.

Also, I've been working at Xpace! Isn't that nice? Yes it is. I mostly just work on their Blog, posting about upcoming events at Xpace but also calls for submissions that are for, or friendly to, emerging and student artists! Check it out from time to time, there are always really amazing opportunities out there: sweet residencies, group shows, grants, galleries opening their doors for emerging curators and projects! Go for it, friends!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013



So things have been busy. Things to expect in the near future: more zine fairs, more zines, new work, an artist statement, a blog design overhaul, and a website!! OOOOOOOO LALA.

First things first! Exciting news! Since I'm pretty sure most of the people who view this blog are just my friends this is probably old news to you, but just in case you wandered into this nice warm blog here from the freezing cold internet, it delights me to inform you that I will be exhibiting new work this coming Friday! At the GO HOME Magazine Launch!

Not only am I showing new work at the launch party but I have also designed a poster for them, which has been turned into a risograph print by Jesjit at Color Code Printing.

And not only am I showing new work and have designed a poster, but I am also featured in the magazine!

AND not only am I featured in the magazine, but they decided to put Double Self Portrait that I submitted on the gad dam cover.

You ladies sure have treated me somethin special. Thanks to Emma Sharpe, Shanley McGuire and Rhodi Illiadou for all your support, for putting this publication together in the first place, and providing a space for emerging artists to show their work.

Come on down to the opening! From 8 pm to 10 pm at The White House Studio Project, 277.5 Augusta (yep, that's my old art studio). If you miss the launch, that's ok you can pick up a copy online in their shop, or at any of the locations listed on their website. Toronto locations include Art Metropole, June Records, One of A Kind and Lebel and Crowe.

I'm excited and nervous! Come, buy a magazine and a drink, support Independent Publishing and buy a magazine! Support artist-run spaces and buy a drink at the White House! Support me and buy my art! (kidding, you don't have to do that).