This website SITE is intended to offer an ever evolving insight into my practice: both as an artist and a worker. I am using the categories of Projects, Services and Collaborations to provide multiple entry points into my work. Ideally visitors will be able to make links between each of these sections, as an important aspect of my artistic production is recognizing the ways in which all of my labour (artistic and otherwise) overlap in ideas and ideals.

I am not restricted by medium, instead my works take on the forms required to best represent the ideas and concepts considered by each project. In many of my works I bring everyday items into the rarefied space of the gallery, and it might not always be clear what constitutes the work. My practice produces a minimal amount of waste.

I take on many different roles and positions in order to make it possible for me to make my work and my life sustainable. Gig work, such as cooking and preparing crew lunches, providing education workships, djing parties, working as a house painter or as a barista in a coffee shop, allows me time and flexibility to make work as an artist.

As I am not tied to any specific medium I often work with others to produce aspects of my work. This assistance is integral in helping me to realize my vision into material. With such a focus on labour in my work, it is important that these workers are paid fair labour costs when helping to produce work.

6 Shades of Tea / Parkdale Picnic


Toronto, Canada

6 Shades of Tea / Parkdale Picnic

Curating and programming: Rebecca Gruihn

Sunday August 10th, 2014

Northwest corner of Queen St W and Dufferin St


Basil will facilitate and organize a large communal picnic in the small amphitheatre style park on the north west corner of Queen and Dufferin. This mysterious concrete semicircle, with its ramps and stairs that lead to nowhere, has baffled Parkdale residents since its installation in 2011. Most days, it remains empty aside from a few skate-boarders unenthusiastically making use of its architectural elements. The Parkdale Picnic challenges the Parkdale community to transform this uninviting location into an inclusive and comfortable environment for all. By reclaiming this underused community space in order to share a meal, picnicking can be understood as a social critique of the thoughtless urban planning conducted in Toronto and the value placed on privacy and property in contemporary culture.

Picnic goers are encouraged to bring snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, blankets, pillows to share.

Credits and Thank You's:

thanks to: Rebecca Gruihn, Carolyn Tripp and Alvis Parsley