Miklos Legrady
Since the beginning
miklos@sympatico.ca
Works in Toronto Canada

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BIO
Miklos Legrady is an artist working in media/time-based art,
painting, photography, holography, performance,
and critical text.

He received a B.Sc. from the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester,
N.Y, and an M.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal.

In 1995 he was co-founder of the New York performance group"
The Collective Unconscious", where he was co-director
and performing artist for 3 years.

He has taught web design at the Fine Arts Academy in Budapest, Hungary,
and pursued digital research at the c3 /Soros Foundation.
He created the Mikidot brand on his return
to Toronto in 1998.

His work in painting and photography
is represented in the www.ccca.ca archive.
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DISCUSSION

Canadian portrait slashed at MOCCA garage sale


At the Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art on Queen west
there's a group show and sale this week,
a benefit for performance / media artist Istvan Kantor.

On Tuesday at the 2pm press conference,
Miklos Legrady will perform the first of a series of works titled

"Repeatedly Slashing A Valuable Painting With a Box-Cutter".

The chosen painting is technically a masterpiece, a classic b&w portrait
of a squeegee kid named Andrew who worked the
corner of Bathurst and Queen street in 2001.
Click the link below to view the painting.
http://www.ccca.ca/mikidot/paintings/people/pages/010.html

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We should note that most artists, curators, and
writers graduate from similar schools and share
similar values. These are reflected in their
association, their production, and the systems
created thereby. A cultural blindness results
from such group judgements.

There are curators like David Liss - who opened
the doors at MOCCA for Istvan Kantor's benefit -
who have street credentials outside academia
but they are few. And even Queen street has it's
cliques and formalities. Kantor and Legrady came
to the conclusion the art sworld cannot be
permanently changedS but it can be periodically
shaken up
and made to take notice.

Legrady's performance may be seen as an open
emotional blackmail of the art world, or is it a
shallow sacrifice of a painting (so it can be
reborn as a trendy and interesting sculpture in
the "slashed paintings" series?). In any case,
it's an act of vandalism, a destruction of a
portrait from contemporary Canadian history, and
as such it's a genuine cultural loss.

Legrady's work plays on how we only value after
the fact that which we don't properly appreciate
in the first place. Those present in the
audience, on seeing the painting, will feel a
desire to possess the work and a sense of awe,
loss and regret at it's impending and actual
destruction.

The moment at which the blade tears through
canvas will resonate as history brought alive
within that moment. a history of struggle between
artistic freedom and institutional authority.

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+Miklos Legrady
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+310 Bathurst st.
+Toronto ON.
+M5T 2S3
+Canada
+416+203+1846
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DISCUSSION

Canadian portrait slashed at MOCCA garage sale


At the Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art on Queen west
there's a group show and sale this week,
a benefit for performance / media artist Istvan Kantor.

On Tuesday at the 2pm press conference,
Miklos Legrady will perform the first of a series of works titled

"Repeatedly Slashing A Valuable Painting With a Box-Cutter".

The chosen painting is technically a masterpiece, a classic b&w portrait
of a squeegee kid named Andrew who worked the
corner of Bathurst and Queen street in 2001.
Click the link below to view the painting.
http://www.ccca.ca/mikidot/paintings/people/pages/010.html

________________________________________________________________________

We should note that most artists, curators, and
writers graduate from similar schools and share
similar values. These are reflected in their
association, their production, and the systems
created thereby. A cultural blindness results
from such group judgements.

There are curators like David Liss - who opened
the doors at MOCCA for Istvan Kantor's benefit -
who have street credentials outside academia
but they are few. And even Queen street has it's
cliques and formalities. Kantor and Legrady came
to the conclusion the art sworld cannot be
permanently changedS but it can be periodically
shaken up
and made to take notice.

Legrady's performance may be seen as an open
emotional blackmail of the art world, or is it a
shallow sacrifice of a painting (so it can be
reborn as a trendy and interesting sculpture in
the "slashed paintings" series?). In any case,
it's an act of vandalism, a destruction of a
portrait from contemporary Canadian history, and
as such it's a genuine cultural loss.

Legrady's work plays on how we only value after
the fact that which we don't properly appreciate
in the first place. Those present in the
audience, on seeing the painting, will feel a
desire to possess the work and a sense of awe,
loss and regret at it's impending and actual
destruction.

The moment at which the blade tears through
canvas will resonate as history brought alive
within that moment. a history of struggle between
artistic freedom and institutional authority.

--

+Miklos Legrady
+
+310 Bathurst st.
+Toronto ON.
+M5T 2S3
+Canada
+416+203+1846
+647+292+1846
+
http://www.mikidot.com
+

DISCUSSION

Evil Ducky and The Fountain of Doom


Miklos Legrady

Evil Ducky and The Fountain of Doom
New Work in Photography

http://www.ccca.ca/mikidot/photo/indexducky.html
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+Miklos Legrady
+
+310 Bathurst st.
+Toronto ON.
+M5T 2S3
+Canada
+416+203+1846
+647+292+1846
+
http://www.mikidot.com

DISCUSSION

Evil Ducky and The Fountain of Doom


Miklos Legrady

Evil Ducky and The Fountain of Doom
New Work in Photography

http://www.ccca.ca/mikidot/photo/indexducky.html
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+Miklos Legrady
+
+310 Bathurst st.
+Toronto ON.
+M5T 2S3
+Canada
+416+203+1846
+647+292+1846
+
http://www.mikidot.com

DISCUSSION

THE BLOOD MUST CONTINUE TO FLOW


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
aug 22, 2005 Toronto

THE BLOOD MUST CONTINUE TO FLOW

QUEEN WEST ARTISTS JOIN ISTVAN KANTOR
at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
THE QUEEN WEST ART-SCUM GARAGE SALE

EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT AND
INVITATION TO A PRESS CONFERENCE
TUESDAY, AUG 30, 2pm @MOCCA

http://www.ccca.ca/mikidot/istvansite/garage_sale.html

Istvan Kantor's most recent project INVISIBLE MONUMENT, where he will
mix his blood into the concrete to be used for the construction of
the new AGO, is gaining sympathy among Queen West artists.

A group exhibition intitled THE BLOOD MUST CONTINUE TO FLOW, hosted by
the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) located on Queen
street West, will be the next demonstration of Kantor's evolving
campaign to align the local art scene and public on his side. At the
press conference on Tuesday, Aug 30 at 2pm., Kantor and his
Konspirators will give statements on issues of artistic freedom and
institutional authority to introduce the exhibition.

The show will take place at the MOCCA from Aug. 30st to Sept. 4th and is
open for participation to anyone interested in Kantor's critical attitude,
anyone brave enough to join the garage sale style conspiracy event
produced by the controversial GG Award winning art-crime mastermind
himself.

Among the confirmed artists-participants are Napoleon Broussau, Eldon
Garnet, Louise Liliefeldt, Miklos Legrady, John Abrams, Phil Anderson,
Boryana Rossa, Leif Harmsen and many others. An anti-reception with
performances will take place on Thursday Sept 1st at 6pm.

The Blood Must Continue to Flow
THE QUEEN WEST ART-SCUM GARAGE SALE
group show featuring the best and the worst
aug 30 - sept 4, 2004 from 11am to 6pm
anti-reception: thursday sept 1st, 6pm
open talks/performances everyday from 4pm to 6pm

artistic director: Napoleon Brousseau
media disturbance: Miklos Legrady
produced by Istvan Kantor and MOCCA
(416)516-3688 amen@interlog.com
www.istvankantor.com
Press photographs available from mikidot@sympatico.ca

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art MOCCA
952 Queen Street West Toronto On M6J 1J8 (416)395-0067

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+Miklos Legrady
+
+310 Bathurst st.
+Toronto ON.
+M5T 2S3
+Canada
+416+203+1846
+647+292+1846
+
http://www.mikidot.com