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You Should Know…..William Wegman
The work of William Wegman is a wonderful example of art that doesn’t take itself too seriously – beautiful photographs with a sense of humour. Wegman is known for his portraits (and/or collaborations) with primarily his own Weimaraner dogs in various costumes and poses. Read more – ‘You Should Know…..William Wegman’.
Events: September 2012
September is hangin’ out downstairs, waiting for you while you run around finishing getting ready. You know you’re going to be late, but need to change your sweater one last time…..September doesn’t care. It’s basically ready to go. Settle on the sweater you’re already wearing, and get out to do some stuff. Read more – ‘Events: September 2012’.
You Should Know…Betty Goodwin
The work of Betty Goodwin is fluid, ethereal, and fragile. Figures float or fall through transparent layers, thick tarpaulins hang as sculpture, and artifacts become x-rays. Using a variety of media, Goodwin’s work is frequently raw and autobiographical, revisiting themes and materials over and over again. Read more – ‘You Should Know…Betty Goodwin’.
Luminance 2012
You may have already picked up on the fact that we’re big fans of lifelong learning here at Knock Twice. Knowing what you don’t know, or fleshing out what you do know are both really valuable to help you grow as an artist, a business owner, and a person in general. Which is why we’re [...] Read more – ‘Luminance 2012’.
Events: August 2012
With summer heat and whatnot, we’re a few days late on our August event post! No one really seems to be lacking things to do this time of the year, but there’s still a ton of great art and events happening in and around this fair city.  Read more – ‘Events: August 2012’.
You Should Know…..Michael Snow
Canadian artist Michael Snow began producing multidisciplinary art in 1957, and is still working today. Working in everything from sculpture, to painting, to music, Snow’s work is fun, and memorable. It exists equally in famous museums and public spaces. Read more – ‘You Should Know…..Michael Snow’.
Roundup: Laptop Cases
I finally joined the cool kids and got a laptop. It arrived yesterday afternoon, and I’m super excited about all the possibilities owning a laptop opens up. (Working out on the patio? Yes please!). This also means that I spent yesterday evening dream-shopping for the perfect case for my new techno-baby. I’ve pulled together some [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Laptop Cases’.
Events: July 2012
It seems like everyone I know is either leaving to go on or just coming back from a trip. If you’re sticking around for the coming month there is plenty to see and do in the city. From the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair to Daniel Neuhaus’ show in the Distillery District, you can see some [...] Read more – ‘Events: July 2012’.
Events: June 2012
Though CONTACT will soon be over, there is still plenty to check out, and given the beautiful weather there’s no reason not to. June is especially exciting for me as my new show will be opening next week! But before we get to next month’s the events, we’ve got another pair of Flightpath Artist Talks on tomorrow (May [...] Read more – ‘Events: June 2012’.
That’s A Job! (Food Stylist)
With this interview, we look into another behind-the-scenes job. Many times, it’s the photographer who gets all the glory, when in reality, a whole team of people were involved in creating the shot. On a food shoot, one of those members can be a food stylist; a professional who makes everyone one the team look [...] Read more – ‘That’s A Job! (Food Stylist)’.
Students to Watch: Image Arts, Ryerson
One of the exciting things about this time of year, is getting to visit various schools’ end of the year shows. It can be a bit overwhelming seeing so much new work in such a short period of time, but there are definitely many gems to be found. Today we’ve got a selection of some [...] Read more – ‘Students to Watch: Image Arts, Ryerson’.
Events: May 2012
May is almost here, and that means it’s time to get your photography-marathon on! The CONTACT photography festival, an event that turns Toronto into one huge photo exhibition, launches tonight. Though it was definitely hard to narrow the list down, we’ve put together a list of five events we think you should have a look [...] Read more – ‘Events: May 2012’.
That’s a Job! (Expressive Arts Therapist)
We really appreciate all of the feedback we’ve been getting on this feature; feel free to keep it coming. Today we profile Roberto Nascimento, an expressive arts therapist at MukiBaum Treatment Centre. “Art therapist” is actually one of the jobs that inspired this feature because I feel like it’s a career that a lot of [...] Read more – ‘That’s a Job! (Expressive Arts Therapist)’.
You Should Know… Bernard Faucon
I first became aware of Bernard Faucon’s work while I was still a student. We were looking at ways text and image can coexist, and this guy took it farther than you’d probably imagine: He had large words cut out of wood, then covered them in reflective tape so they would bounce back his flash [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know… Bernard Faucon’.
Hot Docs is Coming!
April is here, and that means that Hot Docs is quickly approaching! For those who’ve never been, Hot Docs is Canada’s International Documentary Film Festival which takes place in Toronto and runs from April 26th to May 6th. It is a great place to see new documentary films from around the world, many of which [...] Read more – ‘Hot Docs is Coming!’.
Events: April 2012
The sun is out and, though you may need a jacket, it’s time for walking around and experiencing some art. There are some great exhibitions and events in April; I’m especially excited about the two painting shows. And we’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to seeing this month. Read more – ‘Events: April 2012’.
Roundup: A Few New Blogs
We’re all for people creating informed work, seeing new things , and being inspired. Eugen and I both attended Kiana Hayeri’s opening last night at the I.M.A. Gallery; and if you’re inToronto, we suggest you check it out. (Obviously, we also suggest that you attend our Flightpath artist talk with Kiana herself). If you can’t [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: A Few New Blogs’.
You Should Know… Martin Parr
You will either love or hate Martin Parr’s work – it has oddly, given its content, been the target of a lot of controversy. When going through the process to join Magnum, Philip Jones Griffiths (a former president of the agency) said “Let me state that I have great respect for him as the dedicated [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know… Martin Parr’.
Events: March 2012
Thank you to everyone who came out to join us last night for our first Flightpath artist talks. We had a great turnout, and both of our speakers were really well received. Our second set of talks will be on March 27th, and we’ll be posting the details as we get a little closer to [...] Read more – ‘Events: March 2012’.
Roundup: The Money
With nearly 200 posts under our belt, we thought it might be time to round up a few of our faves so those of your who are new to the site don’t miss out on all of our earlier content. One of the main topics readers ask us about is money; how to negotiate for [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: The Money’.
Events: February 2012
From YouTube star / artist Hennesy Youngman giving a talk to Jesse Louttit’s amazing project - No Roads, I’m really excited for several events in the coming month! I’m also trying to plan a trip to Montreal to see some of Taryn Simon’s work in person at DHC/ART. It’ll be a busy month, can’t wait! Read more – ‘Events: February 2012’.
You Should Know… Taryn Simon
I’ve held off talking about Taryn Simon for a long time because she is so recent. I’ll be honest, she is my favourite photographer and upon receiving her newest book – A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, I can no longer keep quiet. Simon’s work should definitely be on your radar! Read more – ‘You Should Know… Taryn Simon’.
Events: January 2012
As you’re finalizing your New Year’s plans and figuring out how not to break all your new year’s resolutions the first week of January, be sure to pencil in a few gallery visits into your schedule. There are some great shows going up, one I’m really looking forward to is “Suspension” by Joshua MacDonald. We [...] Read more – ‘Events: January 2012’.
You Should Know… Yasumasa Morimura
It’s a bold move to place oneself in art history. Yasumasa Morimura takes the most famous works from the history of art and digitally inserts his own face and body into the pieces. Morimura appropriates everything from the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh  to Cindy Sherman’s photographs in the creation of his own work. Read more – ‘You Should Know… Yasumasa Morimura’.
Roundup: Online Photoshop Tutorials
A while ago we talked about Lynda tutorials in the post Knowing What You Need to Know. While Lynda is awesome, not everyone has the money to spend nearly $40 a month for a subscription and sometimes you just need to learn one specific skill so subscribing doesn’t make sense. There are many other tutorial websites (free [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Online Photoshop Tutorials’.
You Should Know… Robert Mapplethorpe
The work of Robert Mapplethorpe is as famous for the controversy it caused as for its technical and artistic achievement. His sexually charged images stirred serious discussion about censorship and public finding for the arts when he began a traveling exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more – ‘You Should Know… Robert Mapplethorpe’.
Roundup: Five Photo Blogs to Follow
With the holidays approaching, you may have some time to rest up and refresh. You might even have some time to do a little reading. Though there are many photo blogs worth reading, we’ve rounded up five we think you should know about (if you don’t already). But if you have any suggestions to share, [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Five Photo Blogs to Follow’.
Events: December 2011
December is fast approaching, along with a break from school and work! We’ve got a good selection of events including shows, an art store opening, and a print sale. So whether you’re looking for art related gifts, need new supplies for next year, or just want some inspiration, be sure check out the following events. Read more – ‘Events: December 2011’.
You Should Know… Juergen Teller
Contemporary photographer Juergen Teller is an example of blurred boundaries between the worlds of fine-art and commercial photography. His unusual style crosses back and forth, shooting advertising campaigns for major fashion houses, as well as exhibiting work as a gallery-represented artist. Read more – ‘You Should Know… Juergen Teller’.
Roundup: Finding Grants
It isn’t uncommon for artists to fund projects or exhibitions through grants. We’ve had a few readers ask us where one can find listings for grants and granting bodies. We’re lucky in Canada as we have a pretty good granting system that is accessible to artists at all levels in their careers, from what I [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Finding Grants’.
Events: November 2011
If you’re a student, by mid-November you’ll be up to your eyeballs in work. So why not get out and take advantage of all that free time you haven’t realized that you have yet? This month’s features include installation art, painting, sculpture, and a zine launch party. Read more – ‘Events: November 2011’.
You Should Know: John Szarkowski
In the most recent You Should Know post, I mentioned that Edward Steichen appointed John Szarkowski as his replacement as the Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Szarkowski held that post for 29 years and in the process helped elevate photography’s status in the art world to unprecedented heights. [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know: John Szarkowski’.
Roundup: Work Space Improvements
I’ve been in the same house for two years now, and I still feel like I’m settling in. Especially when it comes to my work space. It’s kind of ironic that the place I spend the most time has gotten the least attention from me. It’s important to have a space to work that is [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Work Space Improvements’.
You Should Know: Edward Steichen
Edward Steichen was one of the great photographers of the first half of the 20th century and was highly influential. His practice resembled rather closely what is that standard today – he would do commercial work to pay for his fine art. He also curated one of the most famous photography exhibitions in history. Additionally [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know: Edward Steichen’.
Events: October 2011
Of course Toronto’s big event this month is Nuit Blanche, the all-night arts festival. But there are lots of other great things going on as well. If you’re a photo nerd (or just someone who’s always wanted to own a daguerreotype), I highly recommend the Photo Historical Society’s fall fair. I found this guy last [...] Read more – ‘Events: October 2011’.
Roundup – Developing Film in Toronto
It seems it’s getting harder and harder to find places that develop film in the city if you’re looking for anything other than regular 35mm C41. At the same time, there is still quite a bit of demand from artists and art school students. Luckily you can still get almost any type of film developed, [...] Read more – ‘Roundup – Developing Film in Toronto’.
The KTB Media Empire (*ahem*)
We at Knock Twice really want to be helpful, and useful, and inspiring. We have great readers, and love getting feedback, comments, mail, and updates about what you’re working on. As a back-to-school check-in of sorts, I thought it might be helpful to give a tour of our media empire…..rather, the different ways we’re trying [...] Read more – ‘The KTB Media Empire (*ahem*)’.
You Should Know…Gregory Crewdson
American photographer Gregory Crewdson is best known for his elaborately staged and lit photographs. Referencing cinema, the vignettes seems as if there were taken right out of a film, depicting twilight moments that often feel supernatural. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at MOMA and The Guggenheim. [Bonus: His Sanctuary project is [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know…Gregory Crewdson’.
Round Up: Renting Equipment in Toronto
One of the great things about art school is access to expensive equipment – DSLRs, lenses, 4×5 cameras, strobe kits – it isn’t cheap. Once you graduate and that access is gone it really hurts. Often times you need a specific piece of equipment for one shoot or something is just too expensive, enter equipment [...] Read more – ‘Round Up: Renting Equipment in Toronto’.
Events: September 2011
This is it, folks: September. Along with muggy rainstorms comes the desire to turn over a new leaf, start new projects, and get serious. I often see September as a mini-new year, and so resolutions abound. How about “try to see more art, and get to more exhibition openings”? Sounds good, eh? Here are some [...] Read more – ‘Events: September 2011’.
You Should Know… Lauren Greenfield
Lauren Greenfield is an American photographer and film maker whose work focuses on youth culture, particularly in regards to wealth, body image, gender, eating disorders, consumerism, and more. Her access to families and kids is unbelievable, resulting in fascinating images. On top of that, she is an eloquent and intelligent speaker making her lectures a [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know… Lauren Greenfield’.
Roundup: Sheridan College Creatives
As Ryerson Alumni, Eugen and I often feel somewhat biased towards their student work.  To be fair, Ryerson fosters some talented photographers (you can see some here), but so do other institutions. Sheridan College has it’s own share of creative talent (and illustrators, and painters…..), and their student magazine, Travis, is amazing! It’s well written, [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Sheridan College Creatives’.
You Should Know: Kara Walker
I was first introduced to the work of Kara Walker in university while watching PBS’s great series Art:21. She immediately stood out from the many other artists because of her medium and scale – large silhouette cut-outs – and the sublime imagery with which she explored her subject matter – power struggle involving race and [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know: Kara Walker’.
Roundup: Student Discounts
Education is obviously one of the best benefits of being a student, but one of the bonuses is the student discount. Often taken for granted by those to whom it is available, the student discount can save you hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars. If you’re a student, you should get in the habit of [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Student Discounts’.
Events: August 2011
For those going back to school August marks the last month of freedom before plunging head first into assignments and projects. Be sure to get out, look at some work, and attend talks to get you inspired! Also, remember that we post events throughout the month to our Facebook page, additionally we’ve started posting calls [...] Read more – ‘Events: August 2011’.
You Should Know…..Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Husband and wife team Christo and Jeanne-Claude are sculptors of a kind. They have wrapped the German parliament building in aluminium fabric, installed a white nylon fence in California, and covered a Swiss forest in polyester. Through wrapping, some of the most basic features and proportions of the object are revealed, by concealing the actual [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know…..Christo and Jeanne-Claude’.
Starbucks to Studios: Establishing a Workspace
Following on the heels of Eugen’s post last week about co-working, I wanted to talk to someone who’s worked through it all. Jessica Blaine Smith is a Toronto-based portrait and wedding photographer. Originally, Jessica met with clients in coffee shops. She graduated to a shared studio space in 2005; using a common area for meetings, [...] Read more – ‘Starbucks to Studios: Establishing a Workspace’.
Roundup: Coworking Spaces
Regardless of how great working from home is made out to be, many people have trouble staying focused when working on their own. For freelancers it can be even tougher because you have to manage yourself and it’s easy to move tasks on to the next day. Renting an office on the other hand is [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Coworking Spaces’.
You Should Know… Gerhard Richter
Today we feature the work of our first non-photographer. However, the work of German artist Gerhard Richter is so technically perfect, one could often mistake his paintings for photographs. Richter’s paintings are based on photographs, and the detail is blurred through his painting technique. Read more – ‘You Should Know… Gerhard Richter’.
Roundup: Awesome Podcasts
As I mentioned in one of our early posts – The Idea Machine, podcasts are a great way to stay current and have fresh ideas and interesting news flowing your way. There are hundreds of podcasts, both video and audio, on every topic imaginable, just hit the Podcast tab in the iTunes store. I often [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Awesome Podcasts’.
Events: July 2011
The summer’s moving quickly; we’re almost into July! September will be here before we know it, so in addition to swimming, heading to cottages, and hanging out on patios with cold drinks, consider hitting up some of the following July events here in the city. Read more – ‘Events: July 2011’.
You Should Know… Lewis Hine
So far we have focused on fine art and commercial photographers in our You Should Know posts. Today I want to take a look at Lewis Hine – an early social documentarian who attempted to incite reforms through his work. What is interesting about Hine is how “fine-art” his images seem. If he was working [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know… Lewis Hine’.
Roundup: Photo Competitions
As an emerging photographer, entering competitions can be a great way to get your name out there. Even if you don’t win, competitions give you a chance to get your work in front of people you might not have access to otherwise. Many juried competitions have entry fees, but what’s a mere $35 compared to [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Photo Competitions’.
You Should Know… Rineke Dijkstra
You could argue that I’ve chosen Rineke Dijkstra for this week’s You Should Know… post because I really like saying (and typing) her name, but you would only be part right. The truth is, Dijkstra is one of those rare photographers whose work you come across and are immediately stopped in your tracks. Seemingly simple [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know… Rineke Dijkstra’.
Events: June 2011
While June seems to be a month of festivals, we’ve chosen a few events that have a very limited engagement, including Doors Open Toronto, where our own Eugen Sakhnenko will be giving a talk. Anyone in the Boston area should definitely check out the Flash Forward festival, and if you’re sticking around Toronto, be sure to [...] Read more – ‘Events: June 2011’.
Roundup: Films on Art & Photography
As someone who loves watching movies of all kinds, I’m always on the lookout for films about photography and the art world in a broader sense. Because of the niche market for movies about art, they’re often screened for a limited time – perhaps at a film festival or in conjunction with an artist talk [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Films on Art & Photography’.
You Should Know…Edward Burtynsky
The work of Canadian contemporary photographer Edward Burtynsky is instantly recognizable; large, colorful, and richly detailed images of a landscape that explores the link between industry and nature. Read more – ‘You Should Know…Edward Burtynsky’.
Roundup: Emerging Photographers
Inevitably, art school graduation shows are a bit hit and miss. Thus, it was refreshing to see so much great work at this year’s Maximum Exposure – Ryerson’s School of Image Arts’ annual grad show. Nearly all the work was technically superb and there were so many interesting and unique projects that everyone I spoke [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Emerging Photographers’.
Events: May 2011
We’re obviously excited for the Contact Photography Festival here at Knock Twice, but the month of May has a lot of other cool stuff going for it too. (That being said, do be sure to check out as much of the Contact Festival as you can….) Read more – ‘Events: May 2011’.
You Should Know… Robert Frank
Swiss born photographer Robert Frank is a photographic legend whose inspiration can still be felt today. His book The Americans broke many photographic rules of the time and created a new standard for social documentary photography. He is also responsible for the romanticised idea of the photographic road trip, which continues to crop up as [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know… Robert Frank’.
Roundup: Online Backup Services
There was always someone in my class whose laptop gave up just before a major assignment was due. The computer would have to go in for repair, and they would be left with nothing. (Those people became the first kids on the block to run out and buy external backup drives). Think about it: right [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Online Backup Services’.
You Should Know… Jeff Wall
Canadian photographer Jeff Wall is largely responsible for shifting photography to being accepted as a true art form, equal to painting and sculpture. As a result of his deep knowledge of art history and theory his work is rich in meaning and is meticulously constructed. His large back-lit photographs have influenced many generations of photographers and sell [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know… Jeff Wall’.
Roundup: Bags on Wheels
Equipment and accessories will come and go, but your feet and back will be with you until you die. I think people often forget what a physical job photography is; you can be walking, standing, crouching, and kneeling for long periods of time. Not to mention hauling your gear around (don’t get me started about [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Bags on Wheels’.
Events: April 2011
It’s hard to think about shows in April when CONTACT is just around the corner – they’re releasing all the info April 1st! However, there are great shows aplenty until then, so be sure to get out there and have a look. I am especially excited to see the Function Exhibition, run by the team [...] Read more – ‘Events: April 2011’.
You Should Know…Cindy Sherman
Best known for her series ‘Untitled Film Stills’, Cindy Sherman is a woman of many faces. She appears in most of her own work, but uses costume and make-up to depict anonymous women. Read more – ‘You Should Know…Cindy Sherman’.
Web Apps to Supercharge Your Business
It’s incredible how many great web apps there are today to help run your business. As freelancers, we are extra lucky because nearly all of them offer free full-feature accounts for smaller companies. Below is a list of my favourite apps – I use them almost every day to help me work smarter, faster, and generally [...] Read more – ‘Web Apps to Supercharge Your Business’.
You Should Know…The Bechers
The German husband and wife team are known for their systematic photography of disappearing industrial structures. If you’ve ever shot a project based on typology, or presented in a grid format, you should be aware of their work. (Everyone else knows them, you should too). Read more – ‘You Should Know…The Bechers’.
Events: March 2011
Wow, February flew by, it’s hard to believe it’s time for another events post already. This one is extra exciting for me as it features my first solo show! Additionally, there is work by Stephen Appleby-Barr (I love his paintings), Ron Teranda, Travis Shilling, and Meryl McMaster. We also put up new events we come [...] Read more – ‘Events: March 2011’.
You Should Know… Andres Serrano
Having been raised a Roman Catholic, Andres Serrano rose to fame with his work Piss Christ. The large colour photograph showed a small statuette of Christ submerged in Serrano’s urine. Much of his other work explores controversial topics such as death, race, sex, and bodily fluids. Censorship, death threats, and hate mail are all in [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know… Andres Serrano’.
Better than Roses
Here at Knock Twice, we’re not huge fans of pink and red pre-valentines day gift posts. We are, however, big fans of gifts. For any reason. Especially the nerdy kind.  This is an online-gift-source round-up for those of us who can celebrate our inner photo-nerd, those of us who want to deck out our homes, [...] Read more – ‘Better than Roses’.
Events: February 2011
Thanks for checking out our very first events post. Going to shows, lectures, and seminars is a great way to get inspired, learn more about your practice, and meet others in your industry. This is something Erika and I have been trying to actively do more as well. Thus, on the last Friday of each [...] Read more – ‘Events: February 2011’.
You Should Know…..Annie Leibovitz
Getting her start shooting for Rolling Stone magazine, Leibowitz is likely the most famous portrait photographer of the 21st century.  She has photographed actors, musicians, dancers, models, and presidents.  Her work can be seen in The Museum of Contemporary Art, and on magazine covers in the checkout line at Loblaws.  This woman’s work is everywhere. Read more – ‘You Should Know…..Annie Leibovitz’.
The Best iPhone Apps for Freelancers
I doubt I have to sell you on how amazing smart phones are. For freelancers, the smart phone is the device we’ve been waiting for. Easy access to email, contacts, calendar, documents, THE INTERNET – it’s a miracle. I jumped on the iPhone bandwagon when the 3G came out and have upgraded to the iPhone [...] Read more – ‘The Best iPhone Apps for Freelancers’.
You Should Know….Yousuf Karsh
After immigrating to Canada from Armenia at age seventeen, Yousuf Karsh became one of the world’s most accomplished portrait photographers. His subjects include everyone from Fidel Castro to Queen Elizabeth II, Audrey Hepburn to Pope John Paul II. Read more – ‘You Should Know….Yousuf Karsh’.