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!






Darkness and Light at the John B. Aird Gallery

One of my photographs, Kodak Building 9, from the Toronto Kodak Factory site was chosen for the Ontario Society of Artists 139th Annual Open Juried Exhibition: Darkness and Light!

The exhibition runs March 6 – 30 at the John B. Aird Gallery (900 Bay Street, Macdonald Block, Toronto, ON, M7A 1C), and the Opening Reception /Awards Presentation is Thursday March 8, 6-8pm.

Kodak Number 9

Modern Canadian Interiors UPDATE!

Modern Canadian Interiors, the first book by the TLR Club (Richelle Forsey, Martin Helmut Reis, Alejandro Valencia, Kevin McBride and Colin Savage), is a photographic journey of abandoned spaces in Ontario including the Gravenhurst TB Sanatorium, the Old Don Jail, New York Pork, Firestone Tire, St. Clements Church and more…

Is now available in four bookstores and galleries!

the Art Gallery of Ontario shop
EYELEVEL Gallery in Halifax during ERI: THE RESISTANCE TO CHANGE reshelving initiative 5
the Stephen Bulger Gallery bookstore
Swipe Design | Books + Objects


MCI book cover

As always, Modern Canadian Interiors is available directly from Richelle Forsey

A ceasefire with the KNU, the release of political prisoners…. change in Burma!

In 1997 I lived in the border area between Thailand and Burma for almost a year with members of the All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF ), teaching English and volunteering in exchange for room & board so I could help/participate in their fight for democracy.

15 years on and change may be afoot in Burma and my friends may eventually be able to go home.

I am so elated to hear about the ceasefire between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the junta, the release of hundreds of political prisoners and the NLD participating in the April 2012 elections.

Below are a few of the photos I took during my stay.

Modern Canadian Interiors – a poster


This poster was a submission that wasn’t accepted. It appears here with the printers bleed.

Chairs are the most often abandoned piece of furniture. This poster features my photos of my favourite abandoned chairs as they were found. People often design entire environments around a chair to illustrate the function or status of a room. Nothing changes when they leave. The chairs are now a suggestion of what the room might have been.


modern canadian interiors poster