Obscure Design presents: The Z'otz* Collective and Tailmouthtale. With works by Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano and Ilyana Martínez

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 3 to 6 p.m.

In late 2010, artist/curator/designer Mark Laliberte was invited to guest curate the work of Z’otz* — a Toronto-based art collective (made up of Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano and Ilyana Martínez) whose collaborative practice mixes anthropomorphism, fable, humour and strangeness to produce works that are totemic, and filled with stylistic choices that emphasize play and gesture in visceral, unexpected ways — for a touring exhibition initiated by the Thames Art Gallery (Chatham, ON). As well as taking on curatorial duties, Laliberte developed and designed a 16 page full-colour catalogue under his Obscure Design moniker, prepared to accompany the exhibition on its 2011/12 tour (to venues in ON, AB, SK). Though the large touring exhibition will not have a full-scale Toronto stop over, a small pop-up version of the exhibition will occur in July/Aug in the Art Shop at IndexG. This boutique presentation will act as the official Toronto launch of the recently released Z'otz* Collective catalogue, and will highlight a few examples of recent Z'otz* collaborative drawings on paper.

In addition, Jerezano and Laliberte will collaborate on a new zine project called Tailmouthtale, which will be release in a small edition through Laliberte's popnoir.ca imprint, in association with and celebration of International Zine Month.

Obscure Design presents: The Z'otz* Collective and Tailmouthtale will run from July 27 until Aug 14, 2011 with an artists’ reception / launch party being held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 3-6pm — copies of the Z'otz* catalogue and the Tailmouthtale zine will be available, and the artists will be present.

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