"New Directions in Portraiture"
Trevor Abes is an artist from Toronto with a fondness for writing essays and poetry. He was part of the winning ensemble at the 2015 SLAMtario Spoken Word Festival, and competed in both the National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as part of the Toronto Poetry Slam team. His work has appeared in Torontoist, (parenthetical), untethered magazine, Spacing Magazine, Descant Magazine, The Rusty Toque, The Theatre Reader, Mooney on Theatre, The Toronto Review of Books, Hart House Review, Sequential: Canadian Comics News & Culture, and elsewhere.
"This one's from a series in which I turn people encountered during my last job into artists to see what kind of work they'd make. The piece takes after Claes Oldenburg's The Store, commenting on an artist's search for meaning with tools that could never hope to express it fully. Oldenburg pokes fun at those who try to get at things as they really are, but my protagonist is content with any incremental gain she can get. For her, the value in brushing up against other people's lives is a type of wholeness, one that outweighs the question of epistemological finish lines."