Neoist Mastermind Strikes Again In Private Annex Apartment
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Toronto, September 23, 2015 – Sex & Consciousness Awakenings + presents: House of Horror by Istvan Kantor AKA Monty Cantsin Amen, curated by Neal Armstrong. Reception at private residence – 97 Walmer Rd, Apt 1, Toronto, 416.923.7767. Friday, October 9, 2015, 6-9pm. Live performance, 8pm. Exhibition open Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th, 2-6pm. Space is limited. RSVP email@example.com
Istvan Kantor’s HOUSE OF HORROR promises to be a bloody exhibition of his most recent off-media works, hung proudly in an empty Annex apartment. On display will be his pulp-fiction inspired works and newly created masterpieces made on-site. These new works are based on found material and thrift store art. Kantor obsessively collects abandoned art works, canvases or objects and turns them into masterpieces using stencils, splashes, poetical notes and his now infamous Monty Cantsin signature. Lately, he is inspired by discarded mattresses and has spent sleepless nights trolling the city streets and personally signing the bloodied, piss stained and bed-bug riddled beds. Kantor/Cantsin is the person who initiated the Neoism/Monty Cantsin game, although, the name itself belongs to a large number of world-wide users. To enjoy this idea and understand its meaning you must be a part of it.
Doing public events in private spaces is a Neoist concept and Kantor’s show will reflect of this anti-institutional practice. He introduced the apartment festival series in 1980 in Montreal that took off immediately to become an international performance event.
The 70’s and 80’s independent art system was completely eliminated in the 90s by the gentrification process that not only meant new condo towers but also the manipulation of culture through massive forces of corporate money. Kantor/Cantsin’s exhibition gives a taste of a different aspect of artistic exploration. His formula is simple and effective. Anyone can do it!
Istvan Kantor was born in Budapest where he studied medical science. In 1976, he defected to Paris. From there he immigrated to Montreal where he initiated the international operations of the Neoist Conspiracy in 1979. Throughout the past three decades he has been jailed many times for his Guerrilla blood-interventions in museums. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, among them the Telefilm Canada Award for Best Canadian Film and Video (Toronto, 1998). The Transmediale Award (Berlin, 2001). The Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts (Ottawa, 2004) and The EMAF Award at the European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck, Germany 2009). Kantor presently resides in Toronto where his three children, Jericho, Babylon and Nineveh were born in the 90’s. www.istvankantor.com
Istvan Kantor’s House of Horror
Reception – Fri, Oct. 9th, 6-9pm.
Exhibition – Sat, Oct. 10th & Sun, Oct. 11th, 2-6pm
Private residence: 97 Walmer Rd, Apt 1, Toronto, 416.923.7767
Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.
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