In this “Experimental Pilot”, 6 hand-selected, Toronto artists were pulled out of their usual orbit and launched into the chaotic universe inside Blair's mind to compete in a new reality web series, while creating art to raise money for the 10,000 Tree Challenge on TreeCanada.ca.
Each week a new mixture of mediums and materials to use, and each challenge a special cosmos related theme and tableau to be the inspiration of the artist's creations. All this was kept a mystery to the artists until the moments before each challenge. The artists were given one hour to create their piece, which were then voted on by the live studio audience, and online viewers via Facebook and Twitter. The viewer’s choice winner received a small prize each night. Some materials and prizes donated by DeSerres (at Coxwell & Danforth).
At the end of the 6 challenges, Blair Mueller (Blair Mueller Art) and Tiffany MacIsaac (Freedom Factory) reviewed the overall body of work created by each artist during the series to see who had the most unique interpretation of each theme, and who made the best use of the materials given during each challenge. Together, they determined who's art nebula shone brightest and chose the winner of the 1st Art Nebula Project! Tonight, that winner will be revealed.
The winner will receive a 1 week solo exhibit at
The Freedom Factory!
More information about the project from Blair Mueller below!
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WHY DID I CREATE THIS SHOW?
All my life, I’ve had this persistent feeling, this nagging voice in the back of my mind drawing me towards a higher purpose, and I have no clue what it is quite yet... save the world? Ha! I don't know... and I feel this so deeply that I can't explain, and so many wouldn't understand because most people don’t view the planet on a universal scale, outside of their own lives. I carry this feeling around of being unable to live up to these responsibilities and high expectations typically reserved for superheroes, but I know in all my heart I have to keep going after this feeling, or there is no purpose or meaning to my life.
This show is not just a show for me, it’s a real opportunity to put together everything I’ve worked towards my whole life into one neat little place on the internet: art, film, performance, helping others succeed, but most importantly, I’m able to bring people together, share my ideas and experiences, and inspire people to step outside their comfort zone and create art - and see the world - in new ways. People should be more conscious about how their small daily actions have much much larger consequences to the health and future of our planet.
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE SHOW GOING?
Well, season 2 is underway right now, and it’s a totally new format with open calls for artists to audition for the show in a series of quick art challenges in front of a panel of industry judges. During these 3 rounds of auditions, the judges will whittle down all the contestants, and determine who moves through to the live shows. There will be 12 artists this time, creating live, and each week one artist is going home, leaving us with one sole winner to take the crown.
I want this show to be an annual competition, and become a Canada wide opportunity for artists, and I aim to get the show on a TV station or online streaming service once it gains some momentum. As the show gets bigger, so will the prizes and opportunities available by participating in Art Nebula Project. I want this to become the hottest art competition in town! The art industry needs a shaking up from the usual art exhibits and art battles. There’s nothing else like this on TV right now.
WHY TREE CANADA?
I care deeply about the health and safety of our planet, and I rarely view the world from the perspective of just my life, but all life on earth, and our universal effect on it, but what’s one guy to do? Besides maintaining as low of a carbon footprint as I can in my own daily life through my eating and lifestyle habits, recycling, upcycling, reusing, and reducing the amount of waste I produce, I decided to also dedicate this experimental pilot season to a charity that will help give back to the Earth as we so savagely continue to take much more than we need from it, often without regard for the long term consequences of our actions. With the help of the artists and all of you who came out tonight, together we are able to plant far more trees than I could afford on my own, so thank you very much for every dollar you give. You’re not only opening doors for these emerging artists, you’re helping make the planet a little greener. After all, trees are the shared universal lungs of all life on this planet of ours. Without them, life on earth could not exist any longer.