Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pasternak 12:12:12 Winnipeg Spirit


I was at the library when a woman walked up to me and told me that I was in a photograph in a book upstairs. The title of the book is Winnipeg 1912, and below is the photograph she was referring to. I could not believe it. This was one of the strangest things in my life. This photograph was 100 years old!
When I was younger people would tell me upon meeting me, that they thought I would be older somehow.

I had to commemorate the event this year by doing something. So I decided to make a simple poster and put it up around the city. People that know me totally freak out because they automatically assume that it is a picture of me. In fact I have a hard time seeing anyone else beside myself as this person in the photo. It is me I conclude. But my grounded self proclaims that it cannot possibly be so. I have yet to find out who the picture is really of. But come to think of it, I have yet to find out who I really am.

Forresters Lodge members in Winnipeg 1912

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fun & Frolic

One Night Only

PLATFORM gallery's fundraiser event .
Saturday December 15th, 7:00 - Midnight
50 Artists have donated 50 works of art X3.
100 tickets are available to purchase a work of art for $45.
When your number is drawn, you get to choose your prize!

Click on the poster to see the list of participating artists and other info!!
There will be a huge variety of work to choose from. For my part I have printed especially for this event, 3 uncut sheets of my D-N-Aid packages, each sheet has two flavors and includes the back as well.  

My Winnipeg Project.....Continues !
Winter Kept Us Warm
December 15th - January 20th, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, December 14th at 7:00pm

This is the 3rd installment of 4 chapters of the My Winnipeg Project showing at Plug In ICA.
This show already has garnered fantastic reviews when it was shown in Paris and south France Last year and this year! Check it out.

My work is included in the naughty section of the show.

Various Woodies, Various Dates, Various sizes

All I can Remember - 1985 - 9 x 12 inches

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hot NakUniverse Doc

Winnipeg filmmaker Patrick Lowe is making a 30 minute documentary about Pasternak Universe.

WOW. Filming starts today!

I am excited as well as nervous about all this, but mostly thrilled. And even more happier that Patrick is doing this. He had been telling me for years now that he's wanted to do a film about me(about my art really) and I know he will do an out of this world job.  He showed me a 5 minute preliminary treatment from some test footage he took and I was already blown away. This documentary will be available on MTS On Demand and as well, Patrick plans on sending it out to film festivals. To top it off, Patrick's brother Greg Lowe (famed veteran musician, whom I did the artwork on his first Jazz CD cover back in 1991) will be creating original music for this flick.

Out in the spring. Stay tuned.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Central Canada Comic Convention

November 2, 3, 4, 2012
Winnipeg Convention Center

I will be setting up my wares at this years CENTRAL CANADA COMIC CONVENTION here in Winnipeg this weekend. Check out all the convention details here .  Tons of media and ARTIST guests plus dealer tables galore plus Artists, Artists and more Artists.

I will be showing some original work ( Godzilla and other SF ) as well as some new Acid Man Issues as well as some new novelty items including my After School Mini Loose Leaf Portfolios. And I mean MINISCULE. There is set of 8 sheets to a set and comes in a pocket sleeve folder with class label. Six different sets are available. Always more!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012



Issues No. 30,  No.32,  No.33

The continuing sag.
No.30 has a nice cover and 16 pages of writing writ and wrought.
Thoughtful art and questionable mind.
No.32 has 8 stiff pages and is a bit more artsy (that's code for WTF).
FIND Acid Man on every page.
No.33 is a very fair artifactual likeness of one of my pocket drawing books but the drawings are culled from 4 books from 1992-1993. Made with the same materials as I would use for my own sketchbooks and includes attachments, found inserts and an original one-of-a-kind photo cover on each. WoW! 32 pages. The only thing I did not do is wear it out in my back pocket for a month but I can do that for you for an extra fee. Only 30 made.

Available nowhere yet! Just from me. Contact hurry today write fast call right now. Get'em.

What happened to No.31 you ask? I did it ages ago. It's the one with Nostradamus.
Right now I'm working on No.29.


October 3 - 7, 2012
Thanks to Noam Gonick, our short experimental film A Place For Us will be screening at AGLIFF in Austin Texas.  The third collaborator of this film, Aaron Zeghlers was the catalyst for the making of this film by combining two super8 films, one by Noam and one by Robert, into something more.

Monday, October 1, 2012


PREVIOUSLY - while settling in to the new...

... new Split Studio Space, the SSS. I draw, assemble and digitize in one space and I paint in another. The light is fantastic in one and not so light-fantastique in the other. One of these spaces has a huge graphic on the wall, an artifact from the seventies I am sure. I have recreated it here and I am using it on my business cards. It seems to suit me and my space well.


Many new paintings have emerged from the new SSS. See the Painternak link to the right.



The other day I was in my favorite antique & funk shop and came across a self portrait  I did 29 years ago. I had given it to my girlfriend at the time as a Christmas gift. It was so nice to see it again! I was surprised at how vibrant it was and that It was well taken care of. I wonder what happened? I hope that the other paintings that I gave her and her family are still alive and in good care.



Noam Gonick: Wildflower Of Manitoba
Cinematheque Winnipeg
June 22, 2012

A Place For Us - a Super8 mash-up in collaboration with Aaron Zeghers, Noam Gonick and Robert Pasternak had it's world premier at a screening of Gonick's short films.


Hollywood California
June 2 - 23, 2012
WINNIPIG - a group show curated by Noam Gonick featured some of my sculptural 'woodies'.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's Moving Time

The studio is marching down another path. After 21 years in the same spot in downtown Winnipeg, it is time to dust off all my stuff and roll on over to a new mossing site. It's hard. I won't lie. And I can't take it all with me either. But here I go into a new frontier. Still doing art, but all is uncertain at the moment.

Same e-mail address. Different space. Different me.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Martha Street Studio Members Show

Martha Street Studio Presents:




An exhibition featuring a selection of new work

created at the studio over the past year.


Opening March 2nd 6-8pm

Exhibition runs from March 2nd-April 6th

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 10am-5pm


11 Martha Street

(204) 779-6253


Martha Street Studio

Manitoba Printmakers Association

The centre for printmaking, digital and photographic arts

Friday, February 10, 2012

New Places...lets go there!

I have recently placed my work for sale in a couple new venues.

962 Westminster at Lipton
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6

Villekulla will be selling some of my Novelty Art Objects. Not all what you see here below (article from March 2010 from my Visual Chew show at Martha Street Gallery) but there are at least 22 different items, including Bacon Bookmarks, Booklets, Love/War Capsules, Oxygen Capsules, Empower Rings.......and so much more by so many other local crafty artsy folk with lots of cool stuff!

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Kustom Kulture
470 River Avenue. Winnipeg

NOW currently on display and for sale at Kustom Kulture for a few months are seven of my paintings. Some of my newest smaller work as well as a few older items that look really good in there. On one larger wall I will be switching it up every month with a new older large painting until the work comes down in June.
Here is the larger painting currently on display.

Saturn Conscious - 30 x 40 inches - acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

twelve + eight = 2new

My latest One Take Super8 film will be screening at
8FEST  in Toronto 
January 27-29 at Trash Palace

Notes from Nowhere: Super Winnipeg Super 8
Curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan

-exert from the program-

Winnipeg is an impoverished city, famous for its frigid winters and its artists. Sustained by cheap studio rent and fantastic thrift-store finds, the creative class thrives in the geographic centre of North America. There is very little cool factor to living in the middle of nowhere, so most of us just keep out heads down, get our work done, and try to keep the tips of our ears from freezing. Very little changes in Winnipeg.

Perhaps that is what makes the archaic technology of Super 8 neither outrĂ© nor hip. It simply is: a vehicle for ideas, images and experimentation. Friends come together to make something. It doesn’t cost very much. Like Ed Ackerman, you can even develop your own footage in the kitchen sink. Whether the subject matter is, like Deco Dawson’s, seemingly hundred-year-old gestural studies or, like Jaimz & Karen Asmundson’s, an unselfconsciously goofy celebration of place, the particulars of the form continue to enamour. Super 8 looks like memory and is similarly malleable. Winnipeg filmmakers continue to use it to create works that seem to exist outside of time, that reference an earlier time or that simply mark time with chemical collisions and light. Films by Robert Pasternak, Mike Maryniuk, Jaimz & Karen Asmundson, Noam Gonick, Deco Dawson, Heidi Phillips and Ed Ackerman. 

Stills from Robert Pasternak's Super8 film RGB