A Jock McDonald Remix Project by Pete Smith.

This blog is a running journal that was made in conjunction with my artist residency at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada that took place between December 2014 and February of 2015.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Six Degrees of Artist Separation: I know Sandra Altwerger. She studied with Jock Macdonald. He knew everyone important in my country. JMD also knew Marc Chagall, who knew the whole 20th Century. That's, like, only 3 degrees. Nice.

Studio Note: I was hoping to finish the wall painting yesterday so that Bronwen and I could start stretching and underpainting the canvas today. That didn't happen. So now I'm onto Plan B: I'll finish the mural* today, and get Bronwen to stretch and underpaint the canvas. If there's any time left after that, we can paint some more boxes. It's pretty clear I'm going to have to come in on Monday for sure.

*What's the difference between a mural and a wall painting? A wall painting sounds contemporary and installationy. A mural sounds like something that high school kids do to complete their community service hours. Also, I think that a wall painting is temporary and a mural is more permanent. My wall painting will be destroyed at the end of the month.)

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