What is happening to this site?

July 22, 2022

Great question! - And luckily, after months of being stuck in a creative rut, I now have an answer for you.


If you've been following me for a while, you know I've always loved blogging. In fact, though my degree says I am a Journalist, I identify as more of a blogger and a marketer than a Journo. 

The reality is nowadays it's hard to keep a blog for the sole pleasure of sharing ideas. Especially when we are bombarded with content 24/7 and the world keeps telling you you need to monetize anything and everything and make silly dances in front of a camera in order to grow an audience. 

Are you with me on this?

Anyway. Back to the topic: A few years ago I fell in love with art. Naturally, I started blogging about it.
A few months later, I found myself working on creating the coolest event directory for the visual arts in the city and, for a brief moment in time, I think Artifier was all I wanted it to be. 

Then, 2020 happened and what do you do with an event directory when there are no events for two years?

You go into an existential crisis! 
Just kidding (partially).

You pivot!

Truth be told, finding that pivot has taken a lot of soul searching and sleepless nights trying to find a purpose, reevaluating priorities and thinking of why this all started in the first place.

Unsurprisingly, the answer to all of the above is very simple: I love having a blog because it gives me an excuse to follow my curiosity and a platform to share these ideas with the world. Which are usually stories about art, artists, creativity and the odd rambling here and there, too.

It's truly just as simple as that.
Having a blog should be more exciting than overwhelming, but I think it's easy to get distracted with the idea of what we think people will want us to talk about or the pressure to grow an audience and monetize that we sometimes end up losing track of what we wanted to talk about in the first place.

And, believe me, I have a bunch of ideas I would like to explore! I'm not an art expert, not do I want to become one. I'm just happy to keep exploring and sharing with you the art and ideas that make me go: uh, oh! 


Speaking of which: Tonight, out of the blue, I discovered a blog called Interconnected by a British guy called Matt Webb. This post made my heart sing (excerpt below) and it reminded me of how cool it is to find blogs that are more about sharing ideas than about whatever popular trend is on social media. It's refreshing and exciting, and it's just the type of blog I want to create here, too.

"There are other colours owned by artists including Vantablack, the blackest black, under exclusive license to Anish Kapoor; and PINK, the pinkest pink, by Stuart Semple which is available to any artist for $3.99 except Anish Kapoor: Online buyers are even required to sign a sworn statement that they are not Anish Kapoor, are not related to him, and that the pigment will not end up in his hands.)

Ugh! 💛

Remote Art Talks: Season 1 and 2

April 15, 2020 Toronto, ON, Canada

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the world shut down for the first time, we asked some artists in our community about their practice and the impact of living in isolation. 

Without planning it, this series of 13 conversations became a sort of a time capsule of that time. This series was produced by Artifier in partnership with Partial and was highlighted as one of the best art talks in Canada by CBC Arts. 

an art show a week | week 11: Yoko Ono: The Riverbed

March 17, 2018 Gardiner Museum

Yoko Ono, Line Piece (detail), 2015 / 2018 © Yoko Ono. Photo: Tara Fillion

Week 11: Yoko Ono: The Riverbed
Where: Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Admission: $15
Favourite Artwork: Everything here is interactive, which means you may not see the same things I saw when I visited. However, I loved the station where you can mend ceramic pieces... with yarn (!) to then connect your piece to the works of other people who visited before. 

Before visiting, you must know it is forbidden (by Yoko Ono herself!) to take pictures/have your phone with you while you are in this room, so -of course- this made me extra curious, and I was greatly surprised to see people truly immersed in the experience. 

Yoko Ono, Mend Piece (detail), 1966 / 2018 © Yoko Ono. Photo: Tara Fillion

Stone Piece, Yoko Ono, 2015 / 2018 © Yoko Ono. Photo: Tara Fillion

Yoko Ono, Line Piece (detail), 2015 / 2018 © Yoko Ono. Photo: Tara Fillion
About the exhibition:

YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED invites visitors to collaborate with the artist, the museum, and each other, participating in the artwork through everyday action and contemplation. YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED, in a sense, becomes a temporary village—a repository of hopes and dreams for individuals and for the world.

The three-part installation is conformed by: Stone Piece, Line Piece, and Mend Piece, which invite to reflect, connect, and heal.

Yoko Ono: The Riverbed
February 22 - June 03
Gardiner Museum

*See online special events taking place during the exhibition.

**Thank you to the Gardiner Museum for allowing me to share these images here.  <3

an art show a week | week 10: Cup and Ball

March 10, 2018

Roula Partheniou, Cup and Ball

These may look like a bunch of ordinary cups in the middle of a room but look again and you'll realize these are actually 500 detailed sculptures meticulously arranged. Everything that looks familiar here, is probably not.

It feels like it was yesterday when I discovered this secret gallery at the top of the BMO building.
Ok, ok... the truth is: it's not actually completely secret, but it feels like it!... in a good way, of course. 

I first found out about the space through a post by Toronto Star's art critic Murray Whyte (whom I discovered when I started this project and now I'm a declared fan... hi there if you're reading!)

This gallery is only open by appointment on Fridays because it is actually located in the middle of an operating business floor! The pieces that are shown here are part of their private collection, so it's a great opportunity to see up close artwork from contemporary Canadian artists. No pictures allowed.

On this floor we can also find The Project Room which, as the name indicates, is a space that hosts for almost a year a contemporary art project commissioned by BMO. This year's exhibition is “Cup and Ball, by Sculptor Roula Partheniou.

Week 10: Cup and Ball
Where: The Project Room
Admission: by appointment only

About the show

Nothing is quite what it appears. Each ball, each cup stack or tempting prize is meticulously crafted in cast resin or wood, faithfully painted, and arranged perfectly to convince us they are familiar, mass-produced ready-made objects. Entirely ordinary. But perception is trumped by skill here, and the game is all about perception itself.

January 18 - November 30
Bmo Project Room
King & Bay

Appointments only on Friday
via cupandball.ca

*All photos courtesy of Roula Partheniou, The Project Room.

an art show a week | week 9: Winter Stations

March 06, 2018 Ashbridges Bay Park

Make Some Noise!!! Alexandra Grieß & Jorel Heid Hamburg, Germany
Ok, this week I might be a bit biased, but I was dying to see these Winter Stations! Here's the thing: as some of you know I was working at OCAD U for a while and there I got to meet some of the faculty and students participating in the project so I couldn't help but to feel happy and excited for everyone. #soproud -Plus, it's always great to hang out with friends and see some public art!

Week 8: Winter Stations
Where: Ashbridge's Bay
Admission: Free
Favourite Artwork: Revolution, by OCAD University (oops!)

Revolution, by OCAD University
Ben Chang, Anna Pogossyan, Amr Alzahabi, Carlos Chin, Iris Ho, Tracee Jia, Krystal Lum, Adria Maynard, Purvangi Patel, Judiette Vu

Wind Station Paul van den Berg & Joyce de Grauw Rotterdam, Netherlands

Obstacle Kien Pham Surbiton, United Kingdom
Nest, Ryerson University - Adrian Chiu, Arnel Espanol, Henry Mai Toronto, Ontario, Canada
About WinterStations
This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for WinterStations' temporary artwork installations.

For it's fourth year, the theme was: “Riot:, and the seven winners will be on display at Ashbridge's Bay until April 1st. 

For a list of all the winners click here

WinterStations 2018
Ashbridge's Bay
February 18 - April 1st

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