The Vendart Project

  • A.P.A.T.H.O.T. by Dimitrije Martinovic. A photo project installed which utilized the Portable Walls Unit. Here installed at Rue Prince Arthur, Montreal. The project was installed in multiple locations in Montreal and Toronto. Large format digital photography, custom steel frame, plywood face with foam core, acrylic glass face. July 14 – 15, 2007. (Photography by Dimitrije Martinovic)
  • The Exchange Network project. Drop-off Box unit (aka.Space Invader) installed at the 401 Richmond Building in Toronto. Custom bent steel, drawer hardware, plexiglass, vinyl. February 02, 2007 – 2008. (Unit designed in collaboration with Derek Mcleod)
  • Portable Vendart Archives. Installation in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C. Portable Walls Unit displaying a selection of works archived by the project so far. Custom steel frame, plywood face with foam core. 0ctober 26, 2006. (Photography by Jake Rekret)
  • Portable Vendart Archives. Installation in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C. Portable Walls Unit displaying a selection of works archived by the project so far. Custom steel frame, plywood face with foam core. 0ctober 26, 2006. (Photography by Jake Rekret)
  • The Exchange Network project. Drop-off Box unit (aka.Space Invader) installed at The Change You Want to See in Williamsburg Brooklyn, N.Y.C. Custom bent steel, drawer hardware, plexiglass, vinyl. February 21 – October 2007. (Photography by Jake Rekret. Unit designed in collaboration with Derek Mcleod)
  • Portable Vendart Archives. Installation at the inaugural Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto. Portable Walls Unit displaying a selection of works archived by the project so far. Custom steel frame, plywood face with foam core. September 30 – 31, 2006. (Photography by Chico Gupta)
  • Portable Vendart Archives. Installation at the inaugural Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto. Portable Walls Unit displaying a selection of works archived by the project so far. Custom steel frame, plywood face with foam core. September 30 – 31, 2006. (Photography by Chico Gupta)
  • MeThinks Presents: PosTcaRD Show diplayed on Vendart’s Portable Walls Unit. Custom steel frame, plywood face with foam core. Installation in Kensigton Market. July 25, 2006
  • The Exchange Network project. Installation at Parsons University, New York. The “Yellow” Exchange Unit received two separate shipments of art and ideas. Plexiglass, pine, display hardware, donated artwork. October 30 2005 – March 2006. (Photography by K.J. Moore)
  • Art Making Station during Style in Progress in Toronto Dundas Square. Prepared surfaces, drawing and painting materials, refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box.July 16 2005.
  • What Do Kids Think? part 2 and Methinks Presents: Toy Car. A performative perpetual series of installations throughout Toronto’s business district. Artist dressed in business attire were enacting children playing while distributing free art. The art was made during a children’s workshop at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box, chalk, sport equipment, performative and documentary crews. May 30, 2005. (Photography by Jake Rekret)
  • What Do Kids Think? part 2 and Methinks Presents: Toy Car. A performative perpetual series of installations throughout Toronto’s business district. Artist dressed in business attire were enacting children playing while distributing free art. The art was made during a children’s workshop at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box, chalk, sport equipment, performative and documentary crews. May 30, 2005. (Photography by Jake Rekret)
  • What Do Kids Think? Art making station at the Art Gallery of Ontario. An art making workshop for kids who had the option to donate their work to be distributed for free in Toronto’s business district. Prepared surfaces, drawing and painting materials, refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. April 1, 2005. (Photography by Jake Rekret)
  • The Exchange Unit at the Brooklyn Bridge. During “Methinks presents: NYC Roadtrip 2.” Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. February 16 – 20 2005(Photography by Chico Gupta)
  • The Exchange Unit (aka. PInk Fridge.) At the hostel during “Methinks presents: NYC Roadtrip 2.” Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. February 16 – 20 2005
  • The Exchange Unit (aka. PInk Fridge) at Christo’s “The Gates” in Central Park NYC. During “Methinks presents: NYC Roadtrip 2.” Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box and media/performative entourage. February 16 – 20 2005.
  • The Exchange Unit one day installation at Sydney Smyth Hall, University of Toronto. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. January 19, 2005.
  • The Exchange Unit installed for a five month period at Xpace (Photo taken during the Art Market.) Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. Dec 01, 2004 – April 31, 2005.
  • The Exchange Unit (aka. PInk Fridge.) Multiple installations throughout New York including installations on Subway platforms and trains during “Methinks presents: NYC Roadtrip 2.” Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. October 10 – 31, 2004
  • The Exchange Unit (aka. PInk Fridge.) Multiple installations throughout New York including installations on Subway platforms and trains during “Methinks presents: NYC Roadtrip 2.” Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. October 10 – 31, 2004
  • The Exchange Unit installed at Mind Control Gallery: Systems of Control” group art show. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. September 04 -12, 2004.
  • The Exchange Unit installed for a five days at Toronto’s Dundas Square. Over 1000 pieces of free Art distributed. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. June 7 – 13, 2004.
  • The Exchange Unit installed for a five days at Toronto’s Dundas Square. Over 1000 pieces of free Art distributed. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. June 7 – 13, 2004.
  • The Exchange Unit installed for a five days at Toronto’s Dundas Square. Over 1000 pieces of free Art distributed. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. June 7 – 13, 2004.
  • The Exchange Unit installed for a five days at Toronto’s Dundas Square. Over 1000 pieces of free Art distributed. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. June 7 – 13, 2004.
  • The Exchange Unit installed at Queen St. West and University Avenue during a day of impromptu installations in Toronto. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. March 10 – 11, 2004.
  • The Exchange Unit at the Grand Opening week of Drake Hotel. Front lobby installation. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. February 14 – 21, 2004.
  • The Exchange Unit (aka. PInk Fridge) during “Methinks Presents: NYC Roadtrip.” Multiple installations throughout the New York Subway System. Refrigerator, art donated to the project for free distribution, CD player, speakers, car battery, lights, donation box. January 18 – 23, 2004.
  • The Entertainment Unit at The Burning Man Festival. Multiple Installations through out Block Rock City, Nevada. Refrigerator, DVD, film projector, TV, speakers, car battery, lights. August 22 – 31, 2003. (Photo Credit: Lukasz Orwinski)
Time Lapse by Slawek Smigiel of The Exchange Unit during a 5 day at Toronto’s Dundas Square.
Lukasz Orwinski and Andrzej Tarasiuk moving The Exchange Unit throughout the NYC subway system. 2004. (unknown camera person)

Article Quotes

“Vendart is both a movement and a public space art distribution…intended to bring art out of the gallery and into public spaces where people can be actively involved in the distribution and dissemination process…” – Richelle Forsey, Katalogue Magazine – Toronto, Canada

“The idea of bringing art to the public, while challenging ideas about viewing and acquiring art…” – Brenda Goldstein, Spacing Magazine – Toronto, Canada

“VendArt takes its cue from advertising. It invades public spaces to get its artists work and messages out.” – Denise Ryner, Wavelength Magazine – Toronto, Canada

“…it displays a very creative engagement with art, technology, conceptual ideas and community interaction”.  – Blake Fitzpatrick, Dean, Faculty of Art, Ontario College of Art and Design, Canvass Magazine -Toronto, Canada

“…they will open up that fridge like box and hand you a free art-filled Ziplock bag.”  – Denise Ryner, Soma-Soma – Berlin, Germany

“…It is a chance to showcase the works of people who aren’t recognized.”  – Sarah Lazarovic, National Post – Toronto, Canada

“…on and off the subway, in and out of galleries, they turned many heads while carting this manifestation of copy left ideologies in the name of Vendart” – Liam Thurston, Bite Magazine – Toronto, Canada

“It’s like a Physical Internet.” – Professor Doug Back, Ontario College of Art and Design’s Integrated Media Faculty – Toronto, Canada

“… [I] certainly support your project’s aims. The world needs more Art and Ideas. The Exchange unit installations are fabulous.” – Professor Glenn Wharton, New York University’s Museum Studies / Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts – New York City, U.S.A.

Manifesto

The Vendart Project creates alternative systems of disseminating and promoting Art and Ideas within the public sphere. There is no censorship and no filtration on the work submitted, as long as the person submitting takes full responsibility for their work. All work is cataloged and one piece from each body submitted is archived.

The project is an active community of people who are willing to participate in the creation and promotion of culture, individuality and self-sustainability.  Our focus is on making Art and Ideas available and accessible to the general public.  We do this through our public installations and internet activity.  Through our focus on alternative venues for installations, such as subways, parks, trade shows, etc., we reach a broad and diverse audience.

Statistics

92                    Installations
4                      Units Built
252                  Artists/Groups Who Have Participated by Donating Work
3944                Pieces of Art and Ideas Distributed
62                    Toronto Installations
21                    New York City Installations
5                      Nevada Desert Installations
8                      Articles Published about Us
78                    Pink Exchange Unit Installations
3                      Performance Unit Installations
5                      Entertainment Unit Installations
2                      Yellow Exchange Unit Installations
2                      Art Making Station Installations
6                      Archival Display Installations
2                      Performance Installations

*Numbers based on activity between August 22, 2003 and October 31, 2006.

 

Unit types

Entertainment unit  is a portable media disseminator which uses a TV, speakers, video/digital projectors to showcase artistic programing in public spaces. First prototype was tested at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert August 22 -31, 2003.

Exchange Unit contains a selection physical creations donated by artists, which are packed into Ziploc bags ready for dissemination in public spaces. The work is available at no cost but donation to the project are encouraged.

Wall Unit is a modular set made to be assembled as an exhibition space in public locations.

Drop-off box is a unit designed for collecting art for the project in locations established as part of the Exchange Network.

 

Installation types

Stand still installations are simply Vendart Project Units placed at a location with the intent of leaving them behind for a specified amount of time.

Performance Installations are about generating a public happening by an individual or a group with the use of one or combination of different Vendart Project units. These installations could be perpetual and thematic.

Art Making Station installations are meant to encourage general public participation in the project and the arts.  When fully set up people can sit down and create with the materials and tools provided by the project.  Each participant has an option to keep the work and/or have it archived and/or to donate the work to the project for future distribution.

What Do Kids Think? An extension of the Art Making Station specifically designed for kids.

 

Core Members 2003-2005:

Lukasz Orwinski – Originator, Director, Co-Founder
Andrzej Tarasiuk – Co-Founder, Outreach                      
Travis Gledhill – Technician
Yarek Waszul – Website
Lorena Salome – Archives
Maria Pantow – Advertising

Core Mambers 2005-2007:

Andrzej Tarasiuk – Director, Co-Founder                      
Anja Capel – Public relations                     
Markus Mazurak – Identity/Design                        
Alvaro Gonzalez – Web / Database structure                      .
Kevin Moore – Archivist

 

Collaborated with:

Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto             
Methinks Presents, Toronto                           
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto                                             
SickthSense, Toronto
Parsons University, NYC                                             
XPACE, Toronto
New School University, NYC                                      
Style in Progress, Toronto
City Hall Culture Division, Toronto                            
Katalogue, Toronto
Younge-Dundas Square, Toronto                               
Centre of Urban Pedagogy, NYC

Volunteers                   

George Docherty – Technician
Suprotik (a.k.a. Chico) Gupta – Photo/video Documentation
Adam Richards – Database structure                                               

Documentation

Slawek Smigiel    
Adam Thomson
Christine Magsalay    
Jake Rekret                
Suprotik Gupta           
Pierre Desousa
Marika Schimansky    
Julia Zander
Lanny Bolger

Performers

Margaret Saliba                     
Fiona McLaughlin
Ashley Knight

Production

Mike DeCrook            
Samantha Meyers