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Hello folks! Welcome back to SIMILARITY SATURDAY! It’s been a while so I figured we could get back to it with a treat!

Chad VanGaalen
Singer/Songwriter/Visual Artist

France Mihelic

Both artists definitely resemble something very organic, with a strong sense of continual growth and mutation, as further illustrated in Chad VanGaalen’s music video for Clinically Dead off of his debut album Infiniheart. They also share a rather similar line quality which lends to exploring the images as landscapes, then later breaking it down into it’s individual characters and objects. It would certainly be safe to say that Chad VanGaalen may have come across France Mihelic’s work at some point in his life/career. Nonetheless both brilliant artists! I’ve been a huge fan of Chad VanGaalen for quite some time now, but I just recently discovered France Mihelic’s work thanks to Aeron at MONSTER BRAINS (check it out)! Also, you can definitely look forward to a post taking a more in depth look at Mihelic’s work in the coming week. Have a great weekend everyone!


A few of us at Be Nice Art Friends made our way out to brooklyn tuesday night to see Chad Vangaalen, one of our favorite musicians and artists. His latest release on Sub Pop titled Diaper Island has been running on rotation for about a month now and is definitely a must listen. Check him out performing “Sara” captured here on the iPhone.


Alan Ganev
Color Print
(featured in Decover Magazine)
24″ x 24″

This is the first New York exhibition for the four Montreal-based artists featured, all of whom will be present tonight.

Press Preview: May 6, 6-7pm
Please RSVP to PR@cultureshockmarketing.com
Opening Reception May 6th 7-10pm

AMUSE BOUCHE is the New York Debut of four Montreal based artists including Alan Ganev, JP King, Tim Barnard and Nathan Brown. Each using different techniques, presenting a distinguished showcase including illustration, collage and digital graphics, printing and painting. The artists on view represent the celebrated new visuals Montreal has to offer.

Alan Ganev (born in Costa Rica) runs Cease Collectivex, a Not-For-Profit arts organization with a focus on mixing art with nightlife and parties. He co-founded Robot Libre, an arts and culture blog. His work was recently featured on the cover of Decover Magazine, was featured in Papier 11: Contemporary Works on Paper organized by Association des galeries d’art contemporain, was the issue #16 contributor to Papirmasse, and had a folio of 6 prints in a record sleeve released by Maison Kasini. He has been active in the street art community over the last year wheatpasting his collages all over Montreal.

Jp King (born in Toronto) runs a print shop in Montreal and printed all the work in the show. He publishes artist books, posters, postcards, and stationary under the name Paper Pusher. He has been a contributor to Expozine and Pop Montreal’s Craft fairs for the last three years. His work was recently featured in Papier 11: Contemporary Works on Paper, was issue #14 contributor to Papirmasse, and a designer for Moniker Screenprintings’ annual t-shirt show. We Will Be Fish, a collection of poetry & illustration was released to critical acclaim by PistolPress in 2008. He co-founded the Thursday Night Wheatpasting Club, a whiskey-drinking, bocce-ball playing street art collective. He is headed for a residency at Toronto’s Whippersnapper Gallery in August and to the Yukon’s KIAC Center in the fall. Both King & Ganev currently have their work featured on the subway monitors in Montreal as part of Massivart’s Chromatic Festival, a collaboration between Galerie Yves Laroch e and Sid Lee design.

Nathan Brown (born on Vancouver Island) has shown his incredible drawing-paper-scultpures all across Canada. His participation in the Montreal music scene plays a big role in his work. He was recently nominated for the BMO ART1st! award, a prestigious emerging artist award in Canada.
Tim Barnard (born in Calgary) co-founded En Masse, a low-brow/graffiti/comic illustration collective that paints enormous collaborative black & white murals. His work has been shown throughout the U.S. and Europe. At his recent residency at CTRLlab in Montreal he produced 24 2’x3′ panels that make up an enormous wall mural. An excerpt of these murals is on display at Rouge58

None of us are Montreal Natives. We have all migrated to the city for it’s culture, artistic community, music scene, and dirt-cheap rent! Our common interest lays in sharing our work at all levels of the art world, from black-tie galas, to music festivals & zine fairs, to the alleyways of Montreal. Because of low-cost-living we are all able to take time to create, collaborate, organize and participate in all types of events.

http://papirmasse.com/ – Affordable art subscription. $5 for a print in the mail every month!
http://www.agac.qc.ca/papier2011.php?lang=en – Papier 11: Contemporary Works on Paper
http://popmontreal.com/ – Biggest indie music festival and craft fair in the fall.
http://maisonkasini.com/news/ – Maison Kasini focuses on collage art and sells the work of both King & Ganev
http://www.monikerdesigns.ca/ – Annual T-shirt design festival.