Portraits of Brief, Casual Encounters

On November 10th, 2016, the 3rd iteration of the Portraits of Brief Encounters art show and gallery game took some generally practical, occasionally desperate, and wholly anonymous inspiration from the Internet’s favourite classifieds page.

Fifteen short stories were written for and posted in corresponding Craigslist categories by writer and curator Cole Nowicki. Fifteen different artists visually interpreted those stories. Numerous strangers from the Internet also responded to them––with heartfelt engagement, confusion, and pictures of their genitals.

Gallery goers attempted to match each story to its artwork for a chance to win a piece of their choice.

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How the game worked:

For a $5 entry you got a storybook containing the written half of the portraits (+ a rare, endangered, limited edition, sensual, #POBEshow bookmark.)

You moved about the room enjoying great art and good beer while matching story to artwork using your wealth of interpretive skill.

Books were then marked with each correct guess equalling $5 off of the asking price of any piece for a potential $75 discount.

Top scorers were entered into a draw with the winner taking home a piece of their choice (that wasn’t already sold)! We paid out the chosen artist in full.

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Contributing artists included:

Andrea Hooge
Andrew Pommier
Brandon Cotter
Brenden Fortescue
Chelsea O’Byrne
Coreena Lewis
Derrick Fast
Dylan Homer
Juli Majer
Katie So
Mia Dungeon
Nikki Pecasso
Puppyteeth
Sophia Ahamed
Tylor Macmillan

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