John Armstrong
Paul Collins

For a condensed overview, see the narrative biography.

Solo Exhibitions  Group Exhibitions  Collections Grants and Awards
Exhibition Catalogues and Bookworks  Reviews  Interviews Artist Lectures

This page was last revised on September 10, 2014.

Solo Exhibitions and Screenings
Toronto, General Hardware Contemporary, Corner

Beijing, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Four Sisters (screening/performance)

•  Paris, Mange Disque,
Four Sisters (screening/performance)
•  Toulon,
L'Ecole de Beaux-arts de Toulon, Four Sisters (screening/performance)

•  Toronto, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Four Sisters, curated by Gordon Hatt

•  Nîmes, France, Galerie ESCA, Lakeshore
•  Oakville, Oakville Galleries, Lakeshore
•  Corner Brook, NF, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Memorial University, Lakeshore

•  Montréal, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Studio 1, Maison de la culture
Côte-des-Neiges, Jim
, curated by Martha Langford (catalogue)

•  Winnipeg, MB, Platform, Lakeshore

•  Calgary, AB, Truck, Lakeshore (brochure)
•  Caen, France, Artothèque de Caen, Jim

•  Caen, France, L’Hôtel Galerie d’Art, Ecole des Beaux Arts de Caen, Lakeshore

•  Toronto, Robert Birch Gallery, Jim
•  Sudbury, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Jim
•  Toronto, Alliance Française, Jim

•  Paris, Centre culturel canadien, Fuzzy: Renseignement Généraux - Paul Collins (with John Armstrong and Marc Moret)

Group Exhibitions
•  Toronto,
Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Suburbia: An Exploration of Suburban Life: John Armstrong & Paul Collins, Dodo Lab, Martha Eleen, Labspace Studio, and Jesse Louttit, curated by: Patrick Macaulay

•  Toronto, General Hardware Contemporary,
Eight of Sixty
•  Etobicoke, Humber Arts and Media Studios, 60 Painters, curated by Scott Sawtell (catalogue)
•  Markham, Varley Art Gallery, Da Bao (Takeout), curated by Shannon Anderson and Doug Lewis
Exhibition travels to the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2012); Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (2013); Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey (201

•  Toronto, General Hardware Contemporary, Taking Shape
•  Toronto, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, The Mechanical Bride, Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, curated by Bonnie Rubenstein (catalogue)
Toronto, Drabinsky Gallery, Deep Summer
•  Toronto, Revue Cinema, REvisit: Showcasing Parkdale Film + Video Shorts Program, Parkdale Film + Video Showcase
•  Toronto, Shaw Street School, Art School (Dismissed), curator by Heather Nicol (catalogue)

•  Caen, Chapelle du vieux Saint Sauveur, Four Sisters on a Ring Road (with Paul Collins and Lucas Richarz), part of the festival Interstice 4: Rencontre des inclassable, organized by Station Mir, Caen/Herouville, France

•  Montreal, VAV, The Logo Cities Show
•  Tulle, France, Peuple et Culture Corrèze, Sortir la tête

•  Toronto, Archive, Glo

•  Paris, France, La Soirée de la sirène, On the Wall Again
•  Toronto, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, The Ironic Turn, curated by Ruediger Bender and Lelah Ferguson

•  Sackville, NB, Owens Art Gallery, The Ironic Turn

•   Erfurt, Germany, Kunsthalle Erfurt, The Ironic Turn
•   Metz, France, Faux Mouvement and Chapelle des Trinitaires, The Ironic Turn

Artothèque du Limousin, Limoges

TD Corporate Art Collection, Toronto

BMO Corporate Art Collection, Toronto

Foreign Affairs Canada, Ottawa

Grants and Awards
Canada Council Research/Creation Grant - International Residency Program in Visual Arts, Paris: 2007

Publications and Bookworks
Nichols, Heather. Art School (Dismissed).
Toronto: Lakeview Press, 2011.

Marchessault, Janine. "The Mechanical Bride." Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Catalogue, May 2010.

Carte Blanche: Vol. 2, Painting: a survey of contemporary painting in Canada. Toronto: Magenta Publishing, 2008.

Armstrong, John and Paul Collins. “Exercice de style.” (artist project) Papiers Libres Art Contemporain 51 (janvier – mars 2008).

Armstrong, John and Paul Collins. “Poésie ou propagande.” (artist project) Papiers Libres Art Contemporain 50 (septembre – décembre 2007).

Armstrong, John and Paul Collins. “Grumble.” (artist project) Papiers Libres Art Contemporain 48 (avril - juin 2007).

Randolph, Jeanne. “Along the Lakeshore: an incantation for John & Paul.” Og2 (3.5), Oakville Galleries (November – January 2006). (Winner of Best Short Curatorial Essay Award, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, 2007) Read >

Armstrong, John and Paul Collins. “Lakeshore #11.” (artist project) Papiers Libres Art Contemporain 45 (July-August-September 2006).

Armstrong, John and Paul Collins. “Lakeshore.” (artist project) Papiers Libres Art Contemporain 44 (April - June 2006).

Langford, Martha. Image & Imagination: Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2005. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005. Read >

Armstrong, John and Paul Collins. “Lakeshore.” (artist project), Calgary: Truck, 2003.

Eyland, Cliff. Lakeshore. Winnipeg: Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, 2004.

Armstrong, John and Paul Collins. Jim . Toronto and Sudbury, Ontario: Coach House Books and Art Gallery of Sudbury, 2002.

Reviews and Features
Parsons, Shani K., Typologica, “Corner: John Armstrong and Paul Collins at General Hardware Contemporary.” 2 October 2012. Read >

Vaughan, R.M. "Eight of Sixty show a summer fling with sexy strangers." The Globe and Mail (June 22, 2012).

Purdy, Richard. “Cache-misère.” Art Le Sabord (vol. 80, June 2008).

Vanmeenen, Karen. “A hunger for images: Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal.” Afterimage (vol. 33.4, 2006).

Rutherford, Krissie. “Duo focus artistic talents on lakeshore.” Oakville Beaver (December 15, 2006). Read >

Dault, Gary Michael. “Can you spot the lakeshore?” The Globe and Mail (December 16, 2006). Read >

Ponçon, Christiane. “John Armstrong & Paul Collins à la Galerie ESCA.” l'Art vues (February-March 2006).

Fabre, Hélène. “Jeu d'eau, jeu de mots à Milhaud.” La Gazette (14 April 2006).

Light, Whitney, “Artful Celebrations.” The Uniter (January 20, 2005).

Dault, Gary Michael. “The irony of (really) big expectations.” The Globe and Mail (July 3, 2004). Read >

O’Brien, Peter, “Jim.” Books in Canada: The Canadian Review of Books (March 2004). Read >

Bender, Ruediger. “The Ironic Turn: Kanadische Kunst der Gegenwart.” Aktuell Kunst (July – August 2003).

Küstner, Eike. “Ironie Verbindet, Erfurt: Neun kanadische Künstler.” Thüringer Allgemeine (July 5, 2003).

Boeckh, Margit. “Einhorn trift sanfte Reisen.” Middeldeutsche Zeitung (July 5, 2003).

Ost Thüringer Zeitung (July 5, 2003).

Fiedler, Pèter-Alexandre, “Wo bin ich, Paris oder Toronto?” Thüringer Landeszeitung (July 29, 2003).

Fiedler, Pèter-Alexandre, “Sie sägen am Ast, auf dem sie sitzen.” Eisenacher Presse (July 5, 2003).

Alexandre, Xavier, “Collins et Armstrong, « faux jumeaux ».” Ouest-France (March 25, 2003). Lisez >

Gillmor, Alison, “A Sneaky way to work with paint.” The National Post (February 6, 2003).

Dault, Gary Michael. “Picturing the challenge of 49 words.” The Globe and Mail (May 8, 2002). Read >

Tali Dudin, “John Armstrong & Paul Collins at General Hardware.” Artsync , 13 September 2012. See interview>

Ahearn, Victoria. “Contact Photography Festival focuses on Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan.” The Canadian Press, 30 April 2010.

Vigneault-Dubois, Louis-Etienne. “Les Arts et les autres.” Radio-Canada, La Première chaîne radio, January 8, 2007.

Simon, Holly. "Lakeshore." Audio interview for gallery Web site. Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary, November 14, 2003. Hear interview>

Gauthier, Stéphane. “Au Nord des sentiers battus: John Armstrong et Paul Collins.” Radio-Canada, La Première chaîne radio, June 22, 2002.

Chamberland, François X. “Bonjour.” C.J.B.C. - Radio Canada, December 15, 1989; February 20, 1992; “De A à X.” Radio Canada (Toronto), September 5, 1995.

Artist Lectures
•  “The Museum as Muse,” 5° Congreso Internacional De Museos 2010: Imaginarios De Lo Popular, Universidad Iberoamericana

•  “Le panneau d'exposition : de l'outil didactique à l'oeuvre d'art," Ecole doctorale "Science de la Nature et de l'Homme" du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris.

•  Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
•   Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax
•   Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
•   University of Caen, Caen, France