Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

Contact, the annual festival of photography in Toronto, during the month of May, with over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at almost 200 venues is almost here and I am having a solo exhibition at The Cabinet Salon.

It’s been ages since I’ve shown work on my own and I’m excited to exhibit a modest collection of new works during the Contact Photography Festival.

Modern Canadian Interiors
Photography by Richelle Forsey
May 1 – June 30, 2012
The Cabinet Salon, 577 Queen Street West
Hours: Tues- Fri:10am – 8pm & Sat: 10am – 5pm
Opening Reception: Thursday May 3, from 6 – 9pm


Richelle Forsey promo postcard

The Merlin Years : The Art of Team Macho II @ The shopAGO

Today I had a sneak peek at The Merlin Years : The Art of Team Macho II while I was visiting my friend Melinda Josie (also a wonderful illustrator and artist!) and it is beautiful!

Not only am I excited about the book because it’s Team Macho and their work is genius/amazing/hilarious/edgy/awesome (if you’re not familiar with the collective mind power that is the work of Nicholas Aoki, Stephen Appleby-Barr, Christopher Buchan, and Lauchie Reid you need to get googling…) I’m psyched because it includes the photos I shot of their studio that I blogged about last year. The book also features the latest Team Macho family portrait we shot last month (see below)!

You too, can get your copy of The Merlin Years: the Art of Team Macho II this Thursday (March 22, 2012) at the book launch and signing at the shopAGO!


Team Macho family portrait

 UPDATE (March 23): The smell of a freshly pressed book is intoxicating and at 7am this morning I got high on the fumes of a new book and looked at pictures by and read about Team Macho.  The Merlin Years is absolutely gorgeous and a solid read. The Deep in the Shirt Yurt interview with Maggie MaDonald is wonderfully candid, the essay, Being Macho by A. James Bradley does a justice to their practice that is so often missed when their work is reviewed or discussed and the Axis Mundy DIY Guide by Ann Marie Peña strings the book, their practice, ideas and methods together. Oh, and the pictures are pretty sweet!


Modern Canadian Interiors has been submitted to the ABotM

The TLR Club’s Modern Canadian Interiors has been submitted to the Artist Book of the Moment. The “A” is silent.

Publishing is not a neutral act. It is implicitly political and aesthetic. The publishing is part of the aesthetic of the work, in terms of its look, its distribution, and how the audience interacts with the work, both in termsthe Good Book of reading it, engaging with its writers and publishers, and in how it finds its audience.” – Gary Barwin

In April, the ABotM jury will choose books they deem worthy of an ABotM designation and then in May one book will be revealed as the finalist, the Book of the Moment. Books deigned as ABotM in April will be available in the AGYU for public browsing.

Wish us luck!