Michèle LaRose

"Your Own Grad School "
with Cliff Eyland and Jeanne Randolph

March 9 - April 20, 2013
Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre

Works completed during Your Own Grad School project.

I decided to repaint 3 large unstretched, but folded-edge, canvases I had originally painted in 2005 and repainted in 2010. So this became their 3rd iteration in 2013. I also painted a new large work on unstretched canvas, and began a small fourth work, which was an incomplete diptych at the end of the project, but is shown completed below.

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Blue Rocks 2013

Blue Rocks

acrylic on unstretched canvas
56¼ x 44", 143 x 112 cm

Inv #212


Resistance 2013


acrylic on unstretched canvas
44¼ x 56¼ ", 143 x 112.5 cm

Inv #213

Shattered 2013


acrylic on unstretched canvas
56 x 44", 142 x 112 cm

Inv #216


Fiesta 2013


acrylic on canvas
66 x 66", 167.6 X 167.6 cm

Inv #400




acrylic and oil on canvas
diptych: two 30 1/8 x 30 1/8"
76.5 x 76.5 cm

Inv #407-408

Invitation Your Own Grad School

Your Own Grad School
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, ON
March 9 - April 20, 2013

Winnipeg, Manitoba artists Cliff Eyland and Jeanne Randolph conducted 4-day graduate school at Modern Fuel involving nine "students", local artists and the public. This exercise in collaborative exhibition making was called Your Own Grad School. The participating artists worked on their art in the gallery beginning on March 9, 2013, and their evolving studio installations were open to the public during gallery hours. During the last week of the exhibition, “grad school” sessions were conducted by Eyland and Randolph. The grad school sessions were open to the public and to artist participants and the sessions ended with a closing “graduation ceremony” on April 20,2013. This was not an academic exercise only, but a call to artists to take control of their lives, to take risks on their own, and to take charge of their art. Participating artists: Erin Milliken, Sunny Kerr, Julia Krolic, Michèle LaRose, Harry Symons, Chantal Rousseau, Milosh Rodic, Fraser Radford, Claire Grady-Smith.

Following the Your Own Grad School project Erin Milliken, Sunny Kerr, Julia Krolic, Michèle LaRose, Harry Symons, Chantal Rousseau, Milosh Rodic formed the Agitated Plover Salon, a collective based in Kingston, Ontario.


Cliff Eyland is a painter, writer and a curator. He studied at Holland College, Mount Allison University, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since 1981, he has made paintings, drawings, and notes in an index card format -- 3"x5" (7.6x12.7 cm). 

Over the decades, Jeanne Randolph's writing has explored the relevance to art making of psychoanalytic theory, technology, advertising, mass media and other pop phenomena such as Barbie dolls, prize fights, weather reports, medical devices and cars. She is the author of the influential Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming and other writings on art (1991), and her practice as a cultural theorist includes extemporaneous soliloquy performances on the state of contemporary culture. In 1983 she introduced ficto-criticism as a critique of modernist art criticism. Randolph's other books include Symbolization and its Discontents (1997), Why Stoics Box: essays on art and society (2003), Ethics of Luxury: materialism and imagination (2007) and The Critical Object [digital redux] (2010). In 2011, Randolph completed her seventh book, Shopping Cart Pantheism: a story of commodity adoration, at The Berton House Writers' Retreat (Dawson City, Yukon).


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