Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Rated R Show-Sept. 18-Oct. 1 2009 (Rude Word Warning)

An Exhibition of 16 Artists
Curated by Mara Sternberg & Eric Kim
Art Bar at the Gladstone Hotel
September 18th to October 1st 2009
Opening Night: September 18th, 7pm-11pm

Guaranteed to arouse, disturb and amuse, The Rated R Show is an exciting new outlet for local artists to explore adult subject matter. Sixteen professional illustrators, photographers, fine artists, video game and comic artists have been given the freedom to tackle the taboo.

The resulting body of work is as diverse as it's creators; Anthony Brennan, Greg Boychuk, Erin and Kelly Carty, Mike Collier, Matt Daley, Jen Ellison, Melanie Gillis, Paul Hillier, Eric Kim (curator), Alex Leitch, Nadine Lessio, Deryk Ouseley, Corey Pierce, Mara Sternberg (curator), Miguel Sternberg and Kyla Vanderklugt.

Their works have appeared in such notable publications as NY magazine, Scholastic, Xtra, Photo Life Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and Diva Magazine UK, as well as graphic novels published by Oni Press. Other accomplishments include exhibitions at Smash Gallery, Lonsdale Gallery, and Sweet Art Gallery. The work has also been recognized by both American Illustration and Applied Arts.

The artists have all approached the term "Rated R" however they saw fit, whether indulging in juvenile humour, pursuing darker themes, or celebrating sexuality without shame. Among them are Kyla Vanderklugt and Paul Hillier. Vanderklugt, a local illustrator, has created a series of gory but beautiful paintings entitled "Breaking Up the Band", inspired by the unpleasant ends of several ruling dynasties. Hillier, by contrast, is exhibiting photographs that explore Shibari, the intricate art of Japanese rope bondage. One such image features a bound and tattooed model topped by a victorious toy Transformer. These are just a few of the many unique directions taken by the artists when freed from restrictions.

The Rated R Show takes over The Art Bar at The Gladstone Hotel for two weeks beginning September 18th and running until October 1st. The September 18th opening reception (7pm-11pm) will take place during The Gladstone's annual kickoff party for The Queen West Art Crawl. A looping projection of "Maverick", a documentary on flesh hook suspension by video artist Madison Cawker, will be a part of the exhibit on the opening night alone. Saucy gift bags are available for the first hundred people that attend.

MEDIA: For more information on The Rated R Show, contact organizers Eric Kim and Mara Sternberg at 647-222-3009 or 647-400-7287 or For images relating to this event, please visit our website at

SPONSORS: The Rated R Show is made possible thanks to the support of The Beguiling, The Central Bar & Restaurant, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, YYZ Records, Come As You Are, Sleeman Breweries, Pomophobe Productions, Canvas Creative Solutions, and Glamour Puss Burlesque.

LOCATION: The Gladstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen Street West.


GALLERY HOURS: 12-5pm Daily

Here are my contributions to this little pow wow. Oh my stars and garters...

Top: "Fairy Godmother"-12x9 Giclee Print
Bottom: "Mamabicho"- 12x9 Giclee Print

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