Friday, January 23, 2009

DOMOVOI - Show Online

Our show DOMOVOI is now online - click here to see the work. I'll be in Toronto for the show's last day at the Resistor Gallery, Saturday, January 31st, 1pm-4pm. Drop in, say hi, and if anyone is interested in prints, let me know, and they can be picked up then.

Hoping not to be eaten by COUGARS!

I've recently learned there are cougars lurking amongst the trees, as proven by the recent removal and messy consumption of a goat on a nearby farm. This is making my off-road forest running slightly challenging, or perhaps better said, frightening.

On a slightly different note, the appearance of the cougar is greatly adding to my study and appreciation of THE FOREST. Experiencing the untamed possibly deadly forest versus the my usual haunt of the city park has added a world of insight when doing the research of slavic mythologies/folklore, which is part of my practice as an artist.
- Pat

Marek gets the horns

Our boy sheep, felt the need to show his appreciation for our care by means of the head-butt, a well known tradition amongst boy-sheeps, hence the name "Ram".

Fortunately, Marek was quick to positions a metal watering can betweenst himself and the aforementioned boy sheep, said can bearing the brunt of "greeting".

We are now feeding said boy sheep and his lady friends without going into the enclosure.

We're all friends now though.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Ukrainian Christmas Eve ! (Jan 6th)

Ukrainian Christmas is a very beautiful tradition,
full of ritual and fantastic food. Actually, you can
catch us eating borsht, perogies, cabbage rolls, etc.
pretty often, just not usually not all in the same meal.
We're in the perfect place to celebrate Ukrainian
Christmas this year. Traditionally, it's the one night
of the year the farm animals can speak. The animals
are given a special snack, thanked for their service,
and wished a long life and good health. They are then
left alone to jabber away to their hearts desires.

Just before midnight we went out to give the animals
their special treats. We were surprised to see
they were all up, and a very strange thing happened
during our rounds. For about three minutes we
felt a very warm wind. All of the sudden, it felt like
summer - and then it was gone. We're not really
familiar with the weather out here - maybe it was
a chinook? It was strange, but exciting.

Of course, Marek had other ideas about what
a warm wind which appears on the stroke
of midnight whilst performing an ancient ritual
on the winter solstice really was.


The year round-up and Happy 2009!

It's been a pretty busy year here in the Tin Can Forest.

In December our new art show DOMOVOI opened at
the Resistor Gallery in Toronto, running until the end
of January. In September Drawn & Quarterly published
our first book POHADKY, with launches in Toronto
and Montreal as well as signings at Word on The Street
Toronto and Expozine Montreal Festivals. In June our
film MONTROSE AVENUE joined the ranks of the NFB.
The film spent the year touring the festivals, including
the New York International Children's film festival, The
San Francisco International Film Festival, and the from
the San Francisco Women's Film Festival where it won
Best Animated Documentary. A highlight for us with this
film was receiving some very wonderful letters from
people who grew up in the Montrose Avenue neighbourhood.

In September PBS WNET THIRTEEN New York aired
ARTOPIA - a pilot for a new animated series about Art
for kids, which Marek designed and art directed. It was
a pretty perfect project to work on. We loved the series
mandate. What could be better than teaching art to kids?
Watch the pilot here -

We ended the year in the snow-filled rainforests of a
beautiful British Columbian gulf Island.
It's good. We're happy.
Happy 2009 !

Monday, January 5, 2009


We've temporarily relocated to a beautiful Island
in British Columbia. We're working on new art
about the forest, so we thought the woods of BC would
be ideal for inspiration. It's working! We've got an
amazing rainforest in our backyard, as well as sheep,
cats, ducks, and hens, bunnies and an organic apple
orchard to keep the inspiration flowing.
And snow !!! We're really lucky to experience
something very rare on this island-
snow ! Ay ! The beauty !

snow marek

It flies!

Yes, for the next four months, we are shepherds.
These are our sheps. Barbados Black Bellies.
They are well suited to wet climates.

Chickens. Some of these chickens are actually retired -
this organic farm has a no kill policy for it's elderly chickens!


Duck in Dacha