Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crustacés Tapes & Collecting Friends

Crustacés Tapes & Collecting Friends

Vernissage mercredi 8 oct, 18 - 21hr
expo 8 - 31 oct, 2014

We are proud to present objects from the mail-art collection of Crustacés Tapes as well as curated collections of friends of Crustacés Tapes.

Nous sommes fiers de présenter certains objets de la collection d'art postal de Crustacés Tapes, ainsi que d'autres collections sélectionnées par des amis du collectif postal.

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Crustacés Tapes - choses envoyées, choses reçues

Crustacés Tapes est un projet de distribution sonore postale, publiant diverses curiosités sonores sur bande magnétique. Les cassettes sont envoyées par la poste à quiconque nous envoie une carte postale ou un cadeau. Au cours de ses trois années d'existence, Crustacés Tapes a reçu des cartes postales, une enveloppe de petits carrés de carton, des dessins, des CD, des livres, une boîte d'allumettes, des photos, des timbres, du thé, un bouton à quatre trous, des cassettes, du sable, une fleur en plastique et un billet de loto expiré.

Crustacés Tapes - things sent, things received

Crustacés Tapes is a postal sound distribution project, releasing sonic curiosities on magnetic tape. The cassettes are mailed to whoever sends us a postcard or gift. In its three years of existence, Crustacés Tapes has received letters, a envelope of small cardboard squares, drawings, postcards, a flag, CDs, books, a matchbox, chocolate wrapping, photos, stamps, tea, a 4 hole button, cassettes, sand, a plastic flower and an expired lotto ticket.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sweet Sixteen Party August 17, 2014 !

Monastiraki célèbre son doux 16ème anniversaire cette année!

16 ans dans le Mile-End, 16 ans d’existence ouverte, hétéroclite et de vie de communauté créatrice.

16 ans de trouvailles de collectionneurs, de babioles-papier uniques, de spectacles d’art, de fanzines et d’estampes, de bricolage pour/par les enfants, de parties de collage.

Viens célébrer avec nous, on aura sur place des cocktails, une table de collage et de la musique ‘en direct’ toute la journée.

Dimanche, 17 août, 2014, 14h00 à 20h00.


Monastiraki is celebrating its Sweet16 this year !

16 years in Mile-End, 16 years of open, eclectic, creative community existence.
16 years of vintage finds, one-of-a-kind paper ephemera, art shows, zines & prints, kids crafts, collage parties.

Come celebrate with us, there will be cocktails, a collage table and live music through out the day.

Sunday, August 17, 2014 2pm until 8pm

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Monastiraki is Sweet Sixteen !

We are sixteen years old ! We will celebrate with all of you this summer ! We are so so thankful for the wild ride we've been on !

Friday, May 23, 2014


Vernissage June 5, 6-9pm
Exhibit June 5 - 29, 2014

On the walls 
Ballerina Convention by Austin English
In the window 
Psychic Candy Hover Lands by Zuzu Knew

Austin English---whose books include Christina and Charles, The Disgusting Room, and the Ignatz-Award nominated The Life Problem---will present a suite of new drawings made in graphite and colored pencil for this show of works on paper at Monastiraki. In addition to these newer, never before exhibited drawings, English will also present key pages from past comics. The show will attempt to present a view of the different approaches to drawing and image making that English has been working with over the past 10 years.

Zuzu Knew is an interdisciplinary artist who follows her cravings to create wondermints. She often combines pastry, creature infinity and prism vision to make living cartoons; drawings, analogue projections, street art, costumes, and cake. Psychic Candy Hover Lands portrays an environment in the flux of its naturally sweet and sour landscape where at first glance cute and upon a closer look foreboding elements balance each other out. Zu recently went to Greece for the Koumaria Residency, launched the film Smile Stealers with collaborators and does projections and styling for the band Syngja. She is part of an ongoing documentary about her and her sister and their great grandmother.

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Vernissage 5 juin, 18-21hr
Expo 5-29 juin, 2014

Sur les murs 
Ballerina Convention de Austin English
Dans la vitrine 
Psychic Candy Hover Lands de Zuzu Knew

Austin English -dont les livres incluent Christina and Charles, The Disgusting Room, et The Life Problem (nominé pour le Prix Ignatz)-présentera une série de nouveaux dessins faits au graphite et crayons de couleurs pour cette exposition d’oeuvres sur papier à Monastiraki. En plus de ces nouveaux dessins jamais exposés, English présentera aussi des pages clés de ses BD passées. Cette exposition tentera de présenter un aperçu des différentes approches au dessin et à la fabrication d’images sur lesquelles English a travaillé pendant les 10 dernières années.

Zuzu Knew est une artiste interdisciplinaire qui suit ses désirs afin de créer des ‘wondermints’. Elle combine souvent pâtisserie, créature de l’infini et vision de prisme afin de faire des dessins animés vivants : dessins, projections analogues, art de la rue, costumes et gâteau. Psychic Candy Hover Lands illustre un environnement dans le flux d’un paysage naturellement aigre et doux, qui, à première vue, montre des éléments mignons et qui pourtant, vus de plus près, s’avèrent des choses à saveur d’appréhension. Zu a récemment visité la Grèce pour la Résidence Koumaria, lancé le film Smile Stealers avec des collaborateurs et est responsable des projections du groupe Syngja en plus d’en être la styliste. Elle participe à un documentaire en évolution au sujet d’elle-même, de sa sœur et de son arrière grand-mère.


Thursday, May 15, 2014


Coming up next month, June 2014, we're very happy to have drawings by
the inimitable Austin English - comic artist, publisher, drawer.

Sunday, April 27, 2014


an exhibit of small clusters

We here at Monastiraki cannot help but collect small objects that resonate with unknown history.

For this exhibit, we've brought together some of our favourites and created new small sculptural works,
part jewellery, part fetish object.

Please join us for something a little different.

Vernissage Thursday May 1st, 2014
Exhibit runs until June 1st.


Accroissements – Une Exposition de Petits Amas

Nous, à , Monastiraki - Le Petit Monastère ne pouvons nous empêcher de collectionner de petits objets qui résonnent d’une histoire inconnue.

Pour cette exposition, nous avons rassemblé quelques uns de nos objets favoris et créé de nouvelles petites œuvres de sculptures, mi- bijoux, mi- objets fétiches.

Joignez-vous à nous pour quelque chose d’un peu différent !

Vernissage jeudi 1 mai, 2014
expo 1mai - 1 juin,. 2014


Billy Mavreas wrote a short text about how his small object collection led to this show coming together.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Is an artist based in Montreal.
'2013' will be showing at Monastiraki from April 3-27. 


On 3 April, 2014, the year 2013 is revisited by a crowd of people relishing one of the first days of spring in Montreal. The window is full of fresh flowers in dialogue with a 5-foot-tall, 3-dimensional pyramid characterized by bold colors contained in a geometric style. The works on the wall are highly mathematical and controlled, but the order lends a sense of calm instead of restriction. Inviting its viewer to think about the past in its relationship to history, the present, and the future, Graham Hall’s work succeeds as both retrospect and potentiality. Once the crowd thinned out nearing the end of the night, I had the chance to talk with Graham about his work, steamies vs toasties, and Muddy Waters.

Just to open it up, tell us a bit about the body of work – any inspiration, challenges, etc?
Initially this work was inspired by a couple of postcards that I dug out of my files, which I had initially bought many years ago in Venice, which depicted some of the floor pavements in the Basilica St. Marco, attributed to Paolo Uccello – the Great Renaissance Master. I wanted to see if I could reproduce them in some kind of way. I liked the 3-D effects in them and I was attracted to trying to be very, very precise in the making of the work. It was kind of a personal challenge, I guess, to see if I could do it and see where I could take it after I theoretically would be able to do it. Because it’s very, very math-based, lots of geometry, and I’ve always been terrified of mathematics (laughter).

Do you think that there’s a specific time and place in the artist’s life when a personal challenge is necessary?
For me, it’s something that comes up constantly, but without realizing that I’m setting it up. I’ve produced several bodies of work over the years, that were very interesting to me initially, just to do, to make something that would hopefully be beautiful in the end, but that then required (as the series went on) a really serious amount of heavy work. A really, really tight, labor-intensive process. And I guess the reason that I follow through with it is because I either know that the end result will be great, because of the first couple of attempts, or I’m looking forward to what the result will be, which is an unknown. If I do this, and this and this and this, eventually I will come to an end and then I’ll have this thing, if all goes well (laughter).

Even if the end isn’t necessarily ideal, the piece still exists.
To me it matters that you get to that point. The work will often start in a very expressive way, and usually very, very quickly it turns into that labor-intensive process that has in its sights, in the end, the creation of a piece that I want to look at.

Why are there flowers in the window tonight?
Another inspiration for this body of work was the reading of Umberto Eco’s On Beauty, so I became interested in beauty and ideas of beauty. And flowers, I think it’s pretty generally agreed, are beautiful things, so that’s one aspect of flowers in the window. I had conceived of the idea of having an abundance of flowers in the window prior to the passing of my former professor, Maestro Peter Porcal, and since his passing, it sort of turned into this idea of not just celebrating spring and having joy in the beauty of flowers, but also, kind of a tribute to this great man who influenced me in so many ways.

What is your favorite Montreal food joint when you’re drunk?
Usually at home (laughter). But on the rare occasion that I am out on the town, getting shit-faced, very rare occasion, Chez Claudette is a hop, skip and a jump away from where I live, so I guess if I were to choose something, it would be something that is close to home, so that I can then stumble up the stairs with a belly full of poutine.

Toastie or Steamie?

Best new book you’ve read?
I’ve not quite finished it, but, I have been reading, very slowly, Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?. Which is amazing. Sheila, I knew, not very well – friends of friends – back when I lived in Toronto. In fact, back then, she was the first person whom I didn’t know very well, who told me that they really enjoyed my artwork. So I felt it important to read one of her books. The funny thing is, I know a few people in the book (laughter). Not well, but I definitely know some of them, and I certainly know many of the places. It feels very familiar, and especially the situations that she’s writing about, for me, over the past couple of months, I very much identify with.

What music are you listening to?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of electric blues. I recently bought Muddy Waters’ 1968 electric album called Electric Mud, which is really awesome. It’s pretty clear that they’re just jamming away. There’s a really out-of-tune clarinet solo in one of the songs, which is a little bit off-putting, but most of it is this really great bluesy – well, not just bluesy – but full on Muddy Waters blues, fuzzed-out porno funk; it’s pretty awesome. I’m liking that. I’m liking Them with Van Morrison, and early Rolling Stones, and Yardbirds. And I always go back to Stooges, MC5.

What’s going on with the Malaysia flight? What does it mean for contemporary thought?
Well, it means that we’re reminded once again that we’re at the mercy of the universe. We like to think because we’ve got iPhones and all that shit, that we’re in control but obviously we’re not. I worry that it feeds into Bermuda Triangle garbage thinking, but a year or two from now they’ll find something just like the Air France flight that crashed off Brazil a couple years ago. It’s a tragedy, and it’s too bad that we immediately think, (gasp), “Oh, is it terrorism?” But tragedies happen, and random shit fuckin’ happens, you know? And that’s life. I know that very well (laughter).

Any closing remarks; something that has been running through your head recently?
Something that went through my mind last week – I was thinking about the fact that all this work in the show is from the previous year: what does that mean? And I thought, well, I think about history a lot. I thought, looking towards the past, is ultimately, a wish for hope in the future. And a search, or yearning for Romance in the present. 

Interview conducted by Tara Slaughter