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Jacqui Oakley 2015
The DOS show on Friday July 19th at Toronto’s Evergreen 15,000 sq foot Brick Works warehouse was amazing. Not only did I get to show with 39 talented artists, this time I actually got to sample some of the delicious food from restaurants Big Star (Chicago, USA) and La Carnita (Toronto, Canada). Huge props have to go out to Clay Rochemont (HXfour), Andrew Richmond from La Carnita (and his very busy kitchen staff), One Method & Hashtag Gallery for all the work they put into this. Sorry if I’m missing anyone. I know an event this size took so much time, work and enthusiasm to pull off. Amazing work everyone.
This was the 2nd year the show was put on (hence the clever name DOS) and the DJs, restaurants and the artists were paired up in collaborations, or “battles”. It was an awesome experience being paired up with my husband Jamie Lawson (from Poly Studio). It could have been a disaster if we got too competitive with each other but it worked out perfectly. We each started from a silhouette of a jaguar head’s profile and then went our own ways with each of our our 3ft x 3ft paintings. At the end they had similar underlying sensibilities in colour and graphic shapes making for a cohesive pair, but the detail added to each made them look unique.
Earlier in the night and after an insane but brief downpour, the crowds start to form at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. Prime taco time with the shorter line-ups!
I couldn’t resist doing another paper mask for this show, so of course this one had to be a Jaguar. I’ll post some process shots for this fella soon.
Here’s the crazy great line-up for the show:
Here’s some detail shots of the Jaguars. Each of these pieces focused on South American mythology of the Jaguar. According to Mayan beliefs, the journey of the sun across the sky and the darkness of night represented the infinite journey of human consciousness and its transformations. Mayans believed the big cat’s spotted coat represented the night sky. I focused on the Moon Jaguar, traveling throughout the night sky, showing the stars in his spots and battling in the underworld, hence the night blooming flowers, night creatures and insects that feed on corpses.
For Jamie’s piece his Sun Jaguar focused on the Jaguar traveling throughout the day sky and focused on pattern and shape from the intensity of the sun’s rays. The Aztec calendar had 4 suns or cycles of creation and destruction. The first, most primordial sun, was represented by the ocelot or jaguar.
Earlier in the night the crowds started gathering in the ‘art corridor’. This place got packed pretty quickly as the night went on. Nice to see so many people introduced to such a variety of good work.
Below: One of my favourite pieces of the night by Carson Ting, AKA Chairman Ting (Vancouver, Canada)
The Brickworks is still filled with old ovens and paraphernalia from the days when it was a working brickwork factory.
The floor got packed at night.
Jamie Lawson tempers the heat of his Jaguar with an ice cold paleta:
My Jaguar drawing that I sold as prints for the night. I’ll pop it up on my Etsy shop soon and it’ll be at the Hashtag Gallery DOS closing show on Friday August 2nd. Make sure you pop by the see all the DOS work.
Mike Giant (San Francisco, USA), Tom Gilmour (London, UK), Sam Flores (San Francisco, USA), Joseph Martinez (Denver, USA), Zach Johnsen (Portland, USA), Johnny Crap (Montreal, Canada), Joshua Davis, Chuck Anderson (Chicago, USA), Faith47 (Cape Town, South Africa), DALeast (Beijing, China), Eduardo Bertone (Madrid, Spain), Doublenaut (Toronto, Canada), Dubelyoo (Atlanta, USA), Gene Pendon (Montreal, Canada), Bryan Espiritu (Toronto, Canada), Hydro 74 (Orlando, USA), Matt Barnes (Toronto, Canada), David Glantz (Toronto, Canada), Eric Quebral (Muskoka, Canada), Rcade (Toronto, Canada), Taka Sudo (Vancouver, Canada, Graham Curran (Los Angeles, USA), Ben Tour (Vancouver, Canada, Vladimir Kato (Toronto, Canada), Kwest (Toronto, Canada), Bacon (Toronto, Canada), Skam (Toronto, Canada), Peru143 (Toronto, Canada), Chase Tafoya (Los Angeles, USA), Dresden The Barbarian (Los Angeles, USA), Che Kothari (Toronto, Canada), Nick Simhoni (Toronto, Canada), Jacqui Oakley (Hamilton, Canada), Jamie Lawson (Hamilton, Canada), Andy Kittmer (Muskoka, Canada), Angie Fey (Toronto, Canada), Matt Darling (Toronto, Canada), Nancy Rose (Toronto, Canada), Shingo Shimizu (Toronto, Canada), & Carson Ting (Vancouver, Canada)