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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Re: Stand ByYour Guns

Hey Jillian,

Your "Stand By Your Guns" rhizome object is a really sensible piece. Up to 150 years ago, hunting was a necessity for providing food for the table; it made sense we'd encourage kids to learn how to use guns. But now?

As a Canadian, I'm constantly surprised by themisinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution's amendment on the right to bear arms. From what I understand it gives citizens the right to weapons from the period; flintlock pistols and rifles, swords... that's it. No mention of assault rifles or machine guns.




evil ducky with explanation

Rewrote the whole thing so it's easier to understand

About Evil Ducky

Read that Duchamp's urinal was the greatest work of the 20th century,
I wondered about people for whom a urinal represents the highest
cultural value of our time; the world could be more than just
something to piss at.

Proust writes that he doesn't need to go out to sea; a bit of canvas
and a small rope from a ship still smelling of salt spray, these were
all he needed to imagine himself on a ship; to him that was as real
as being there. But then Jung replies that having the flu is quite
different than hearing about it, that lived experience trumps
intellectual knowledge.

In any case, the world is too wondrous, strange, unpredictable and
magical for an intellectual explanation to suffice. That's where
Evil Ducky comes in.

It's about the joy of fun, lust, love, color, music, spices, plam
trees, balmy days in August as well as hurricane typhoons, avian flu
or loss and sorrow and getting on with life. Evil Ducky's meant as a
much needed transfusion of vitality to the monotonous
misunderstanding of the role of theory and concept in art practice.

Art is more psychology than math. The intellect is a mental faculty
but other psychic functions such as feelings, sensations, and
intuition contribute to the living process of experience; to deny
them is an arrogance than invites a repetition of the known, in other
words boredom.

Conceptually, Evil Ducky validates fun as a serious subject for art.
These images function as visual language by deploying themes
such as the ambiguity of mixed signals,
the dualistic nature of communication,
and the layers of meaning beneath the superficial.

Evil Ducky is a journey with a vengeance,
an exploration of the creative process
somewhat different from contemporary theory-driven practice
where an idea is later illustrated by a work of art.

This series started with vague feelings and intuitive effort,
without preconceptions of the finished work, what it would look like,
what it would mean, nor how it would fit into the current cultural dialogue.
Instead, the work explores processes of fascination and transcendence, (1)
controversial topics in contemporary art.

This work is based on a premise that solutions to insoluble problems
hide where no one's going to look; that once a system becomes rigid
it can only be revitalised by incorporating its opposite; that
discoveries occur
in those places judged worthless within the current paradigm.

Evil Ducky is classic 1950's photography,
altered by a strategy of disturbance and restatement,
personal iconography and urban narrative.

A theatre of objects at the micro level,
a stage for those antropomorphic projections
that occur with a change of scale.

The surface comedy is based in language interpretation,
in reading of context, of text in an image,
how what we see is altered by what we're told about it.

1- Fascination is a mental state, a psychological process. As
biology it means synapses firing a programmed stimulus altering
consciousness in the face of transcendant factors.

Transcendence is the transitional state of an enlargement of consciousness,
the moment when reaching a higher understanding.

Miklos Legrady
310 Bathurst st.
Toronto ON.
M5T 2S3


Re: Request for French Spam

>Hello miklos,
>you of all people are working on spam?

Hi Roman,

The spam project is similar to Anonymous Art Awards and This Space
For Sale (see below), focusing on aspects of life typically ignored.

I'm interested in the art world underbelly; career choices, political
ambition, manners, good/bad taste, behavioral conventions and
limitations of an art career.



Each year, new university students graduate in fine arts
seeking attention and exhibition space in a crowded field.

To get an edge in a competitive market,
and simplify the submission process
you can buy exhibition space on these canvasses
and be part of a legitimate show in this gallery
or another credible gallery or museum.



Miklos Legrady
310 Bathurst st.
Toronto ON.
M5T 2S3


Request for French Spam

To the art community;

I'm working on an art project using spam,
and am looking for French language spam similar to the examples below.

Please include "french spam" in the subject field

Miklos Legrady


I thank God that I have come across you and believe you will not turn
down my request. My name is Annamaria Jones, I am 17 years old. I am
from Dafu,Sudan. I became an orphan last year when my father and my
mother died in a car accident last 2years July 9th 2003. I was able
to leave from Dafu,Sudan to The Netherlands by a good samaritan.
Since then, I have been searching closely on whom to trust and who
will help me to claim and invest the sum of $8,500,000.00 United
state dollars which my late father deposited in the vault of a
security company here in The Netherlands.

My name is Mrs Ruth Smith a nationality of Australian. I am married
to Mr Samuel Smith who worked with Australian embassy in ABIDJAN
IVORY COAST for nine years before he died in the plane crash On 31st
of July 2000 with other passengers aboard as you can confirm it
yourself through this web site.


It is my pleasure to contact you in a situation like this, i know
that the content of this letter might be suprise to you, but even
though we hardly know each other, i believe that you can help me. I
am Mrs. Mariam Abacha, the widow of the late Gen.Sanni Abacha former
Nigerian Military Head of State who died mysteriously as a result of
Cardiac Arrest.Since after my husband?s death my family is
underrestriction of movement and that not withstanding, we are being
molested, policed and our Bank Account


On behalf of Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, my boss who motivated this
intent,please so kind to contact me at your earliest convenient for a
way forward. Although, I do not know you in person but I do maintain
my late father's-philosophy that business is people and contacts.
Business is always based on trust and open mindedness, and it is on
this note that I act.If you are not familiar with YUKOS Oil Company's
profile or the reasons for Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky's arrest, please
take a moment of your very busy schedules to read about it on the
following internet webpages:



Miklos Legrady
310 Bathurst st.
Toronto ON.
M5T 2S3


Evil Ducky and the Danish Cartoon Controversy

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Evil Ducky and the Danish Cartoon Controversy
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24 images from the updated Evil Ducky project

Miklos Legrady
310 Bathurst st.
Toronto ON.
M5T 2S3
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M5T 2S3<br>
<div><font color="#000000">647-292-1846</font></div>
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