Miklos Legrady
Since the beginning
Works in Toronto Canada

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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Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses advice
to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as
an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according
to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.

The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a US resident,
which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law.
I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge
with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual
lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly
states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific
laws and how to follow them.
1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors.
They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7.
In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? 3. I know
that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period
of menstrual
cleanliness - Lev.15:19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking,
but most women take offense.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female,
provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims
that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify?
Why can't I own Canadians?

5. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I
have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses.
Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

6. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes
me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

7. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops
in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different
kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and
blaspheme a lot.
Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town
together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at
a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their
in-laws? Lev.20:14

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident
you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
+The internet reflects who you are.

Miklos Legrady
310a Bathurst
Toronto, Ont.
M5T 2S3
archived work;



Hi Catherine,

Here's a new shotgun review, in which I interview myself on my
current exhibition;


Mikidot; Miklos, Your painting exhibition "Dreaming Tokyo
Vertical", is at Loop Gallery, 1174 Queen west, until July. Tell us
about the show.

Miklos; The work is fascinating; a crowd formed outside even while
we were hanging it. For a "dead" medium such as painting that's not
bad. I'm pointing out an obvious next step for media in a kind of a
"Komar & Melamid" study; a social and cultural location for
contemporary painting, photo, and digital media as an historic
development, a linear progression. I made a body of work located at
the intersection of where these media would be next year if our
cultural paradigm follows a linear progression. One goal was to
subvert stereotypical expectations of painting while remaining within
the "purist" ballpark. The work's success reflects a mastery of
technique and a series of surprising conceptual premises based in art
history and in psychology such as subliminal layering of content.

Mikidot; Aren't these rather arrogant words? You seem to be
claiming a position described by Robert C. Morgan as "disturbatory."

Miklos; I've met highly intelligent people and do not count myself
among that elite, though I had enough brains and persistence to get a
few degrees. What I possess is a gift for seeing and describing
rather obvious conclusions to current ways of thinking and behavior
which are not yet visible to most people.

Mikidot; Although you've grown up and been educated in the art
world, you've seen yourself as an outsider artist. Can you explain

Miklos; Most fine arts producers, including our local curators and
critics, graduate from similar schools and share similar values,
which are reflected in their association, their production, and the
systems created thereby. A cultural blindness results from such group
judgements. I found too many artists, dealers, critics and curators
praising themselves and each other while restricting their vision to
a narrow category of safe artists and works approved through a
self-perpetuating system. The artists themselves already know well
enough to load their work with semiotic markers indicating membership
in the club, while restricting the scope of their work to what's
understood. These restrictions contradict the intellectual freedom
we expect from informed professionals. And yet some compromises have
to be made. My work is getting recognition in Germany and the
States, and I'll be using this international podium to upset the fine
arts applecart as much as I can.

+The internet can change everything.

Miklos Legrady
310a Bathurst
Toronto, Ont.
M5T 2S3
archived work;