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Shameless Promotion at Open Studio

It is impossible to live in Toronto and not see posters stapled, taped and glued to poles, walls, windows and parking ticket dispensers for quick divorces, lost pets, upcoming concerts and movies.

In amongst the visual clutter have been the collectable works of Stacey Case, Doublenaut, Jeff Garcia, Jesjit Gill and Nicholas Kennedy. And if you haven't yet been able to score one of their prints from the streets, you can find them in the Open Studio gallery.

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Curated by Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot, Shameless Promotion explores the practice of hand printing posters and presents them as works of art as they were created to be.

The exhibition represents only a fraction of the artists archives, but notable pieces stapled to the walls are: Nicolas Kennedy's block and text Music Gallery posters, Doublenaut's (Andrew and Matt McCracken and Greg Sullivan), indie ban/indie label posters for Ladyfest and Broken Social Scene and of course the unmistakable red and blue of Merchguy, Stacey Case's Tijuana Bibles and Pillow Fight League posters.

Posters I have never seen on the streets before but I'm hoping to find loosely adhered in mint condition are the stunning photocopy and silkscreen collages of Jeff Garcia, particularly "The Silt-Cat's Peak cd release poster (pictured right). Or Jesit Gill's enormous street-art gig posters.

Shamless Promotion runs September 6 -29 (Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5pm) and will be open for Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche from sunset Sept 29 to sunrise Sept 30.

The Silt-Cat's Peak cd release poster. 3 colour silkscreen poster edition of 100


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