The Nortammag Archives
April 3 - May 8, 2008
Magic Pony is pleased to announce the unveiling of the NORTAMMAG ARCHIVES. Realized by Stephen Appleby-Barr and exhibited for the first time at the Magic Pony gallery, this vast treasury of artifacts documents a clandestine society never before disclosed. Inscribed in these solemnly detailed oil portraits are clues to uncovering the secrets of the esoteric Nortammags.
Mysterious organizations, metaphysical ideals, arcane symbolism and costumed form give insight to the alchemical practices of the Nortammag coterie, a fellowship rich with dark magic and obscure origins. Please join Magic Pony and Stephen Appleby-Barr for the inaugural opening of the NORTAMMAG ARCHIVES.Premiering April 3, 2008 with an opening reception from 7-10pm and continuing through to May 8, 2008.
Stephen Appleby-Barr is a painter and illustrator working in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of Sheridan College’s illustration program, Appleby-Barr began producing zines under the imprint Tiger Press Books, with friend and fellow student, Lauchie Reid. This collaboration soon grew into the foundation of the ve-man art collective known as Team Macho, with three solo exhibitions held at Magic Pony: Friends 4 Life (June 2005); Team Macho is a Tough Man (May 2006), Fancy Action Now (May-June 2007). Appleby-Barr began exhibiting solo work at Magic Pony’s Ilavska group show (Feb-March 2007), in which he unveiled his recent experiments with oil painting. A medium intrinsically associated with historical painting, Appleby- Barr lends his oil paintings a subversive and surprising edge, combining references to antique photographs with secret symbols and personal imaginings.