Along with the Detrich collection and Diana Vignettes submitted by Canadian Lomographers, a very special exhibition of Diana F+ cameras customized by Canadian artists are on display. Now we would like you to meet this talented bunch and their lovingly crafted Diana F+ recreations! Meet: Justin Saunders, Mark Kingwell, Matthew Varey, Melissa Auf der Maur and Menno Krant.
Justin Saunders | Blogger | Montreal, QC
Benefiting Charity: Opération Enfant Soleil
Justin R. Saunders was born in Montreal, Canada in 1982 before moving to Germany in ’89, where he stayed for five years. He spent the better part of the ’90s skateboarding, drawing, playing basketball and traveling until he settled down a little and began a career in freelance graphic design. In his spare time, Saunders would busy himself with graffiti and art in general. He has since been enrolled in a Fashion Marketing Bachelors at ESMMontreal. He recently founded www.latelierj.com and has been the curator of JJJound for some time now.
Mark Kingwell | Author and Chair of Philosophy Department at University of Toronto | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Oxfam Canada
Mark Kingwell is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. He is the author of fifteen books of political, cultural and aesthetic theory, including the national bestsellers Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), and Glenn Gould (2009). His articles on politics, architecture and art have appeared in, among others, Harper’s, the New York Times, the New York Post, Utne Reader, BookForum, the Toronto Star, and Queen’s Quarterly. He is the recipient of the Spitz Prize in political theory, National Magazine Awards for both essays and columns, the Outstanding Teaching Award and President’s Teaching Award at the University of Toronto, a research fellowship at the Jackman Humanities Institute, and in 2000 was awarded an honorary DFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design for contributions to theory and criticism. He is currently at work on a large-scale study of 21st-century democracy.
Matthew Varey | Artist | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: MS Society of Canada
Matthew Varey has been exhibiting paintings, sculpture and photographs for more than two decades including exhibitions in Venice, Cologne, Miami, Berlin, in Greece, and across Canada. He is currently the head of visual arts at Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto, Canada.
Melissa Auf der Maur | Musician | New York, from Montreal, QC
Benefiting Charity: David Suzuki Foundation
Melissa Auf der Maur (MAdM) was born and raised in Montreal, Canada with a fine arts education focusing on Music and Photography. From 1994 -1999 she was a member, songwriter and bass player of the international rock band Hole, culminating in the Billboard and Grammy nominated album “Celebrity Skin” released in 1998. In 2000 she joined the Smashing Pumpkins for their farewell world tour. In 2004 “Auf der Maur,” her first solo album, was released by Capitol Records/ EMI worldwide. The album featured esteemed guest appearances by members of Queens of the Stone Age, NIN and A Perfect Circle. 2010 marked the release of OUT OF OUR MINDS, MAdM’s second solo project which includes an album (featuring a notable duet with legendary Goth rocker Glenn Danzig), the OOOM fantasy film, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival & a comic book.
Menno Krant | Painter | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Self taught & painting in his car at the time, driving to secluded locations where he would paint through the night by streetlight, or soak his works in Lake Ontario to have them dry in the sun. He gained recognition rapidly when a local antique dealer introduced his work to a New York dealer, which led to his inclusion in the international Outsider Art Show, NYC. Since then his paintings have been exhibited and collected internationally. In Toronto, he has participated generously in activist and community centered exhibitions including Art of Darkness at the AGO and Rendez-vous with Madness. The documentary film Live, Nude, Girls featured Menno Krant painting five women – literally – as they discussed their relationship to their bodies. The CBC, Rogers and Life Channel, Bravo TV, CTV, CBLT have all done programming involving his work and held several solo shows at the Tableau Vivant Gallery here in Toronto. Also shows in Chicago, Florida, New York Atlanta and with the Joy Moos Gallery In Los Angeles, The Mississauga Museum of Art , and Heritage Canada, and the Glenbow Museum, Disney Asia,(Hong Kong). Spin Gallery, Albert White Gallery, Engine Gallery, Parts Gallery & Walter Moos Gallery Toronto.