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07 - 22 Dec. 2002


Instant Coffee, Michael Snow, Bill Burns, and Derek Sullivan

Here’s a look at a holiday season exhibition.
For the third year now Art Metropole has presented Gifts by Artists, an annual sale and exhibition of artist-produced multiples to accompany the holiday season.
Some of these items are still available… search our inventory

Kim Adams,
Gifts from the Gift Machine
Shinobu Akimoto and Matt Evans,
Merry Xmas: Holiday Xmas Remix
Shinobu Akimoto,
Catalogue Zen Drawings
Steve Mykolyn, Russel Monk, Douglas Coupland
Amusing Worlds vol.2

Grant and Amy,
squish squash squirrel
Stephen Andrews
Elegance is Refusal
Karen Azoulay,
Luxury Collage Jewellry
Christine Baigent,
Man Clothes

Asian Punk Boy,

Michael Buckland,
Buddha Buddha
Bill Burns,
Art Dealer work gloves
James Carl,

Instant Coffee,
Instant Coffee Grab Bag
Janis Demkiw,
Mat Holes
Sahuna Dempsey and Lorri Milan,
Junior Lesbian Ranger
Maura Doyle,
‘2003’ Buttons

Dave Dyment and Roula Partheniou,
Snow Ornaments
Gay Goth Scene #1
Barr Gilmour,
Leah Glushien,

Charles Goldman,
Silver Wire Eyeglasses
Charles Goldman,
Night in Day
Janice Gurney and Andy Patton,

Anitra Hamilton,
Ejaculantern, Formal and Informal

Andrew Heffron and Maylynn Quan,
Plastico 3
Jill Henderson,
I Like to Watch you Smoke
Karen Henderson,
Plastic glass full of water, floating on water
Matthias Herrman,

Marla Hlady,
In Stereo
Graham Hollings,
Monkey Business
Jay Isaac,
Luis Jacob,
Dinner is Ruined!
Gingerbread men

Devon Knowles,
Germaine Koh,
Melissa Levin,
Lesbian Helpers (starter kit)
Micah Lexier,
41 (cents)

Corwyn Lund,
Arnaud Maggs,
68 Artist Statements
John Marriott,
Fall Guys Mobile
Shauna Dempsey and Lorri Milan,
Junior Lesbian Rangers

Will Munro,
Vazaleen t-Shirt
Daniel Olson,
Finnegan’s Wake
Andrew Patterson,
Art System 2
Roslyn Pivarnyik,
Amputation Band

Sandy Plotnikoff,
Snap Bandages
Mitch Robertson,
twice as big as the last one
Mitch Robertson,
Pepsi Jesus
Patricia Rodriguez,
Baby Toy (not for babies)

Cecilia Berkovic, Michael Buckland, Simone Moir,
Shag Magazine
Alex Snukal,
Window breaker
Allison Hrabluik, Damian Moppett, Zin Taylor,
The Spiders
Derek Sullivan,
What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Kate Terry,
Miniature Pom Pom Kit
Jason van Horne,
Julie Voyce,
I love Mississauga
Laurel Woodcock,

Instant Coffee is a service oriented artist collective now based in Toronto and Vancouver. The domain name Instant Coffee was registered in May of 2000. Instant Coffee’s motive for initiating “services” came from our desire to place relational activities, more directly communication, at the core of our practice. Ultimately, we believe that communication is the primary function of artistic production, but what is meant by communication or the building of relations is continually under negotiation. Together we have developed a practice that culminates in bringing together large numbers of artists, designers, musicians and other cultural producers under loosely themed events. We offer networking services that promote local, national and international activities and publish a monthly on-line magazine, Instant Coffee Saturday Edition. In conjunction with our events, we also publish bookworks, posters and other multiples. Instant Coffee’s most consistent members are Jinhan Ko, Jenifer Papararo, Kate Monro, Cecilia Berkovic, Jon Sasaki, Emily Hogg and Kelly Lycan.

Michael Snow was born in Toronto not so long ago, and lives there now – but has also lived in Montreal, Chicoutimi and New York.

He is a musician (piano and other instruments) who has performed solo as well as with various ensembles (most often with the CCMC of Toronto) in Canada, USA, Europe and Japan. Numerous recordings of his music have been released.

His films have been presented at festivals in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA, and are in the collections of several film archives, including Anthology Film Archives in New York City, the Royal Belgian Film Archives (Brussels), and the Österreichische Film Museum (Vienna).

He has been a painter and sculptor, though since 1962, much of his gallery work has been photo-based or holographic. Work in all these media is represented in private and public collections world-wide, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna), Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris), and both the Musée des beaux-arts and Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal.

Since 1970 he has done video, film, slide and sound installations, and made such bookworks as Michael Snow/A Survey (1970), Cover to Cover (1975), 56 Tree Poems (1999), and BIOGRAPHIE of the Walking Woman 1961-1967 (2004), as well as magazine works for Impulse (1975), Photo-Communique (1986), and C magazine (1993).

Retrospectives of his painting, sculpture, photoworks and holography have been presented at the Hara Museum (Tokyo), of his films at the Cinémathèque Française and Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris), Anthology Film Archives and Museum of Modern Art (New York) and L’Institut Lumière (Lyon) and of his work in all media simultaneously in 1994 at the Power Plant and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). A retrospective of his photoworks 1962-99 called Panoramique was presented in 1999 at the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), touring the following year to Centre national de la photographie (Paris), MAMCO (Geneva), and Centre pour l’image contemporaine Saint-Gervais (Geneva). Additional retrospective exhibitions have been mounted at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Solo and group shows of his visual art works have been presented at museums and galleries in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Bonn, Boston, Brussels, Kassel, Lima, Los Angeles, Lucerne, Lyons, Minneapolis, Montreux, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Toronto and elsewhere.

Michael Snow has executed several public sculpture commissions, the best known being Flight Stop at Eaton Centre (1979) and The Audience (1988-1989)at Skydome (now Rogers Centre), both in Toronto. His installation The Windows Suite was opened in September 2006 at the Pantages Hotel and Condominium complex on Victoria Street, Toronto.

He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972) the Order of Canada (Officer, 1982; Companion, 2007), and the first Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2000) for cinema. Snow was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, France (1995) and in 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne.

(from Fondation Langlois website)

Bill Burns was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1957 and has lived and worked as an artist in Toronto, Canada and London, England. His work consists mainly of conceptual writings, artists’ books and multiples. He studied under Gerard Hemsworth, Jon Thompson and John Latham at Goldsmiths College in London, England. He is known for his Safety Gear for Small Animals (SGSA) which was first shown at 303 Gallery in New York in 1994 and later at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005/2006 and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2008. His 2002 project Everything I Could Buy on eBay About Malaria which was shown at the Wellcome Trust in London, England is considered a seminal work in the area of electronic collecting. His work about life in the art world known as Veblen Goods was shown at MASS MoCA in 2012.

Burns has published numerous books including When Pain Strikes (Burns, Busby, Sawchuk), a critical anthology about pain and pain relief, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1999. Other book titles include Analgesia (Rochefort,Montreal, 1993), How to Help Animals Escape from Degraded Habitats (Optica, Montreal, 1996), Urban Fauna Information Station (Mercer Union, Toronto, 2002), Safety Gear for Small Animals (MOCCA, Toronto and California State University, Fullerton, 2005) Bird Radio (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne, 2007) and The Flora and Fauna Information Service – 0.800.0.0FAUNA0FLORA (ICA, London, 2008). Burns has also published dozens of guides, posters, and editions. His editions are included in major museum collections throughout the world.

Burns’ work has been exhibited in major museums and biennial exhibitions since the nineteen nineties. His most notable exhibitions include the ICA in London, the MoMA in New York as well as Forum Arte y Vida at the Havana Bienal in Havana, Cuba in 2003, the Bienal del Fin del Mundo in Ushuaia, Argentina in 2007 and the Quebec City Biennial – Manif d’art 5, in 2010.

Derek Sullivan was born in 1976 in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He received a BFA from York University and an MFA from the University of Guelph. His multiple National Gallery Catalogue 2004 was included in the exhibition Art Metropole The Top 100 at the National Gallery of Canada (2007). Recently his work was featured in the group exhibitions We Can Do This Now at The Power Plant in Toronto (2007) and Gasoline Rainbows at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver (2007). He is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.


1: Laurel Woodcock, Operetta.
2: Julie Voyce, I love Mississauga.
3: Jason van Horne, untitled.
4: Kate Terry, Miniature Pom Pom Kit.
5: Derek Sullivan, What Have I Done to Deserve This?.
6: Allison Hrabluik, Damian Moppett, Zin Taylor, The Spiders.
7: Alex Snukal, Window breaker.
8: Cecilia Berkovic, Michael Buckland, Simone Moir, Shag Magazine.
9: Patricia Rodriguez, Baby Toy (not for babies).
10: Mitch Robertson, Pepsi Jesus.
11: Mitch Robertson, twice as big as the last one.
12: Sandy Plotnikoff, Snap Bandages.
13: Roslyn Pivarnyik, Amputation Band.
14: Andrew Patterson, Art System 2.
15: Daniel Olson, Finnegan's Wake.
16: Will Munro, Vazaleen t-Shirt.
17: Shauna Dempsey and Lorri Milan, Junior Lesbian Rangers.
18: John Marriott, Fall Guys Mobile.
19: Arnaud Maggs, 68 Artist Statements.
20: Corwyn Lund, bookmarks.
21: Micah Lexier, 41 (cents).
22: Melissa Levin, Lesbian Helpers (starter kit).
23: Germaine Koh, Pledge.
24: Devon Knowles, Skyscraper.
25: Luis Jacob, Dinner is Ruined! Gingerbread men.
26: Jay Isaac, Laddro.
27: Graham Hollings, Monkey Business.
28: Marla Hlady, In Stereo.
29: Matthias Herrman, untitled.
30: Jill Henderson, I Like to Watch you Smoke.
31: Andrew Heffron and Maylynn Quan, Plastico 3.
32: Anitra Hamilton, Ejaculantern, Formal and Informal.
33: Janice Gurney and Andy Patton, Either/Or.
34: Charles Goldman, Night in Day.
35: Charles Goldman, Silver Wire Eyeglasses.
36: Leah Glushien, Pencil.
37: Barr Gilmour, Sunshine.
38: Gay Goth Scene #1.
39: Dave Dyment and Roula Partheniou, Snow Ornaments.
40: Maura Doyle, '2003' Buttons.
41: Sahuna Dempsey and Lorri Milan, Junior Lesbian Ranger.
42: Janis Demkiw, Mat Holes.
43: Instant Coffee, Instant Coffee Grab Bag.
44: James Carl, Scraper.
45: Bill Burns, Art Dealer work gloves.
46: Michael Buckland, Buddha Buddha.
47: Asian Punk Boy, ME.
48: Christine Baigent, Man Clothes.
49: Karen Azoulay, Luxury Collage Jewellry.
50: Stephen Andrews Elegance is Refusal.
51: Grant and Amy, squish squash squirre.
52: Steve Mykolyn, Russel Monk, Douglas Coupland Amusing Worlds vol.2.
53: Shinobu Akimoto, Catalogue Zen Drawings.
54: Shinobu Akimoto and Matt Evans, Merry Xmas: Holiday Xmas Remix.
55: Kim Adams, Gifts from the Gift Machine.

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