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Paul Butler: Artist in Residence at the AGO

From September 17th through November 27th, Winnipeg-born artist Paul Butler will be the first ever Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Butler is probably best known for his collage pieces and for his Collage Parties, with one held this past week in Toronto. The free event, at YYZ, follows in a series of Collage Parties in which attendees are invited to cut up magazines and other print media, and create their own works.

From "Within Us", a collage series by Butler

Butler is also the director of The Other Gallery, “a web-based, nomadic project” intended to bring Canadian art to the international scene.

Little information is available about the work he intends to do as Artist-in-Residence at the AGO, but it may combine interactive art (as in the Collage Parties) and promotion of Canadian art and artists. I’ll keep you posted on what comes out of the experience – should be interesting.

Art, Revolution, and Ownership: Who Owns the Public Domain?

The Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO) in association with New Forms Festival 2011 and W2 Community Media Arts is presenting a multidisciplinary series of events aimed at exploring art, cultural expression and consumption, and the idea of the public domain in an attempt to answer the question: what does copyright have to do with artists today? This question is becoming more and more prevalent in our technology-infused world as legal limits are inevitably being confronted by an increasingly blurred line between the creator and the user.

The exhibition runs from September 8-11, 2011 in Vancouver, BC and promises an approach that appropriately conflates art and law. Through the presentation of visual, performance, and musical works, as well as interactive conversations with leading copyright experts, ideas are expected to be challenged.

See curator and lawyer Martha Rans’ curatorial statement here.
Visit the exhibition website for full event listings, and follow the activities on twitter: @art_revolution