“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrzej Tarasiuk – Director, Co-Founder Anja Capel – Public relations Markus Mazurak – Identity/Design Alvaro Gonzalez – Web / Database structure . Kevin Moore – Archivist
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
George Docherty – Technician Suprotik (a.k.a. Chico) Gupta – Photo/video Documentation Adam Richards – Database structure
Slawek Smigiel Adam Thomson Christine Magsalay Jake Rekret Suprotik Gupta Pierre Desousa Marika Schimansky Julia Zander Lanny Bolger