I stopped by the Nixon show at Sino Shop this past Friday to check out some work by this local writer who has been getting up ever since I have been paying attention to graffiti in Montreal. Sino Shop offered a great venue and space for Nixon`s show that easily had about 30 of his pieces up on the walls including a couple of minor installations. The size, quality, and price of the pieces also covered a wide spectrum ranging anywhere from $20 for small name pieces to $250 for more elaborate and thematic art pieces.
There was also a nice mixture of canvass types: plastic/plexi-glass, poster board, baseball cards, regular canvasses, wood, and other objects like spray cans, a toy truck, and some play-do. There was also a green dragon (or something like it) made of papier mache (I think) in the middle of the room that I'm pretty sure someone was riding at some point, a plate of cold cuts and hamburger meat fashioned into Nixon's moniker, and a tagged up waste paper can.
There was a solid turn out of folks walking through checking the art work, mingling, chatting, and having a few drinks to the beats the DJ was kicking out behind one of the main counters where he was set up (I didn't get his name but he was putting out some good stuff). Sino, who runs the shop, was balancing his time walking through the shop and hanging out at the main counter area chatting it up with writers and others passing through. The show was certainly a success evidenced by a great turn out and a good number of pieces having been marked "sold" by the time I left around 9:30 pm.
Here are a few shots of the opening night.