art - cv - paul lisson

Masters Degree, McMaster University; Masters Degree, University of Toronto; Bachelor of Arts, Honours, McMaster University.

Arts Award for visual art and literature, Dora De Pedery-Hunt bronze medallion and cash prize presented by the Arts Commission of the City of Hamilton.

Rand Memorial Prize, established by the graduating class of 1898, McMaster University, for accomplishment in print.

International Merit Award for poetry, the Atlanta Review, 2007.

Memoranda

Editor of Hamilton Arts & Letters
www.samizdatpress.net

A selection from the cycle of poems titled The PERFECT aRCHIVE published in the September 2008 Beloit Poetry Journal
www.bpj.org

Reading at the Hungarian Writers' Association of a selection from The PERFECT aRCHIVE, September 2008
www.iroszovetseg.hu

Two-person exhibition in Budapest with Fiona Kinsella
hamiltonartsandletters.googlepages.com/paullisson

Reading for the launch of Descant Magazine, Issue 131, at Lot 16 in Toronto with actor Simon Richards.
www.akimbo.biz/events/?id=2599&day=26&month=1

Cover art for Descant Magazine, Issue 131, with an eight page image portfolio and poem.
www.descant.ca/issues/d131.html

I imagine paradise to be a kind of library
-installation based on an idea expressed by Jorge Luis Borges. With Caroline Moran. Sculpture by Wayne Allan. Jackson Square, Hamilton, Ontario.


The Suitcase King -reading with actor Simon Richards, The Charles Bridge, Prague; and without Simon Richards at Tulip Cafe, Prague.

Howl, time-based poetic installation, Hamilton Public Library.

This Is Not A Movement for the People, poetry based performance with Simon Richards and Ben Leonetti at The Terrace, Hamilton, ON.


Invited Lectures

The 14 Egg Cake, art and activism, delivered at Concordia University, Montreal, PQ; and NSCAD, Halifax, NS.

Purgatorio, chiaroscuro on a glass painting, Burlington Art Centre, ON.


Selected Art Exhibitions

Solo

Howl, time-based poetic installation, Hamilton Public Library.
Des Traveaux, Wordsmith, Hamilton, ON -paintings, mixed media.
Necromantic, Hamilton Artists Inc., ON -mixed media, installation, music, poem. Reviewed.
Objet Inexplicable, Hammer Gallery, Hamilton, ON -mixed media, sound. Reviewed.
Red October, Creative Arts Warehouse, Hamilton, ON -mixed media, photography, installation. Reviewed.
Pointed Portraits III, Earl’s Court Gallery, Hamilton, ON
-photography.
Des Traveaux, Rama, Niagara Falls, ON -mixed media.
Des Traveaux, Arts Council Gallery, Hamilton, ON -mixed media.
Home, Espresso Cafe, Hamilton, ON -mixed media.
Bombing Ourselves Backwards, Petteplace Gallery, Hamilton, ON -mixed media, installation, sound, poem. Reviewed.
Time Stopped, Petteplace Gallery -mixed media, film, music, sound, poem. Reviewed.

Two-person

Even the most fragile of passing moments has its antecedents, RCA Visual Gallery, St. John’s, NL -mixed media. CBC radio interview / review.
Sister~Family~Home, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON
-mixed media.
Behind the Mask, Spectator Gallery, Hamilton, ON -mixed media, photography. Reviewed.


Three-person

Sister~Family~Home, Burlington Art Centre, ON -mixed media.
Tarnished Angel, Bauhaus, Hamilton, ON -mixed media.
Through the Cracks, Earl’s Court, Hamilton, ON -mixed media. Reviewed.

Group

Compassion, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON -installation with Jason Avery and Fiona Kinsella.
Public Hanging / Red October, Eaton Centre, Hamilton, ON
-manipulated photograph. Reviewed.
Red October Miniatures, Broadway Gallery, Hamilton, ON
-mixed media.
A Red Ribbon Affair, Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON -manipulated photograph. Reviewed. A Red October event.
Lust and Etiquette AND Reading the Image, Gallery 435, Hamilton, ON -mixed media, installation. Reviewed.
Masque, Acanthus Gallery, Woodstock, New York -mixed media.
The Go Show, CN Station, Hamilton, ON -mixed media.
Charitable: Artopia, Hamilton Artists Inc., ON -mixed media; Annual, Transit Gallery, Hamilton, ON -mixed media; X3, Ace Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba -bookworks.

Juried

First Night, City of Hamilton, ON -manipulated photograph. Reviewed.
Stelco Steel Arts, Art Gallery of Hamilton -mixed media. Selected on 4 occasions.
Summer Art, Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, ON -computer prints. Reviewed.

Album Artwork

Confetti, Agnelli & Rave, Mystery Tone Records, New York
-photographs, liner notes.
Cowboy Flowers, Agnelli & Rave, Mystery Tone Records, New York -photographs, liner notes.
Three Octave Fantastic Hexagram, The Dave Rave Conspiracy, Gritty City Records, Hamilton ON -mixed media, front and back cover.
Dead Guy Won a Muffin, Tim Gibbons, Gritty City Records
-manipulated photographs, back cover & disk.

Film

Der Engel, Petteplace Gallery, Hamilton, ON: Super 8mm film.
The Head Broke, Zone Cinema Film Festival, Hamilton, ON: 16mm -scratch animation.

Grants & Sponsorships

Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance Grants for various exhibitions.
Department of Culture & Recreation, City of Hamilton: Project Grant, Theatre.
Creative Arts Inc., Hamilton, ON: Exhibition Grant. Writing Grant.
Mr. Print All, Hamilton, ON: Exhibition Sponsorship.
Records on Wheels, Dundas, ON: Exhibition Sponsorship.

Professional Involvement - Arts

Founding member, VOKS Arts Collective, artists for socially engaged art.
Founding member, The Compassion Project, www.compassionproject.org -(site no longer maintained).
Founder/facilitator, Red October, an independent arts initiative to raise awareness & funds to fight AIDS.
Member, Hamilton Public Library Gallery Selection Committee.

Selection of Published Works

Non-fiction

Considering Kafka, in Hamilton Magazine, Vol. 22 Issue 8, with 1 credited colour photograph by Paul Lisson of Fiona Kinsella outside the house Franz Kafka shared with his sister in Golden Lane, within the walls of Prague Castle.

From the 50th Venice Bienalle
, in Hamilton Magazine, Vol. 20 Issue 6, with 1 credited colour photograph by Paul Lisson of Fiona Kinsella and the sculpture of Pedro Cabrita Reis .

Ianthe, catalogue essay for the exhibition ZIVOT (Life) by Vesna Trkulja, published by the Art Gallery of Hamilton, ‘02.

Sister~Family~Home, exhibition catalogue, limited hand-pressed edition. West Meadow Press.

Catalogue essay for the exhibition Public Hanging, Hamilton Eaton Centre.

Democrazy: Art & Politics, essay, White Water Journal, North Bay, ON. Vol. 7 No. 1.

Look Before You Leap, The Unabashed Librarian, New York: No. 88.

History, Change, and Libraries in the Soviet Union, The Canadian Library Journal, Ottawa, ON: Vol. 48 No. 1.

Large Print Placebo, The Canadian Library Journal, Ottawa, ON: Vol. 44 No. 1 / reprinted in The Unabashed Librarian, New York: No. 89.

Magazines
Regular Contributor


id magazine, Guelph, ON: exhibition reviews, past contributor.
Hamilton Magazine, Town Media, Hamilton, ON: columns and features, past contributor.
Hamilton Report On Business, Hamilton, ON: past contributor.
Arts & Entertainment Forum, Hamilton, ON: regular column, features, past contributor.

Magazines
Occasional Contributor


Hamilton Magazine, Town Media, Burlington, ON.
Broadway Magazine, Hamilton, ON, past contributor.
Arts Beat Magazine, Hamilton, ON, past contributor.
Random Scan, Hamilton, ON, past contributor.
View Magazine, Hamilton, ON, past contributor.
The National, Ottawa, ON: Vol. 5 No. 1, Canadian Union of Educational Workers, past contributor.

Fiction and Poetry

Hammered Out, Peter Street Publishing, ON: poetry, Issue 8, Issue 6 and Special Issue 2.5.
Descant, Toronto, ON: Issue 131, 36:4.
Incorruptible Tales, short story, Prism, Vancouver, BC: Honourable mention, Summer Fiction issue, 36:4.
Angel, short story, Carousel, University of Guelph, ON: No. 7.
Ta Panta, McMaster University, ON: poetry, Volume 3 No. 1; Vol.1 No.2, & Vol.1 No.1.
Ta Panta, McMaster University, ON: short stories, Volume 2 No. 2, & Vol.1 No.2.

Theatre

This Is Not A Movement for the People, poetry based performance, with Simon Richards and Ben Leonetti at The Terrace, Hamilton, ON. Reviewed.


Pavel - A murder mystery, and the only clue is a trail of sausages leading off into the morning mist. Moscow in the 1920’s was something like this.

"Lisson is an imaginative writer with a talent for painting word pictures. It’s no small compliment that this play conjures images much like a play for radio."
- Hamilton Spectator, Stuart Brown

"What I like best about this show set in Moscow in the 20’s is the way it creates a sinister world where the distinction between thought and deed is murky, ambiguous."
- Edmonton Journal, Liz Nicholls



Take a Number and Big John Simcoe, Ensemble children’s plays professionally performed throughout Ontario. Reviewed.

Readings

Hamilton Poetry Centre annual reading, Hamilton, ON.
Launch of Descant Magazine, Issue 131, at Lot 16 in Toronto with actor Simon Richards.
The Suitcase King -reading with actor Simon Richards, The Charles Bridge, Prague; and without Simon Richards at Tulip Cafe, Prague.
Ephemerists Weekly
, La Luna, Hamilton, ON.
Big Paintings, Hamilton Eaton Centre, Hamilton, ON.
Whole Lot Festival, Broadway Cinema, Hamilton, ON.
Council of Jewish Women, Hamilton, ON.
Festival of Friends, Hamilton, ON.
An Evening with the Lissons, New York Bagel Cafe.

Professional Involvement -Print

Referee, Archivaria, the journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists, Ottawa, (one review), 2004 - '05.

Beat Red, reader and facilitator with Bryan Prince Bookseller, held at the Hamilton Eaton Centre, ON, a Red October poetry event.

Road Rhymes, reader and facilitator with Bryan Prince Bookseller, held at the Players’ Guild, ON, a Red October literary event with Nino Ricci.

Final Judge, Top40, Cannon Press, ON: poetry anthology.

A Festival in Three Chapters, panel participant and reading, sponsored by the Hamilton Arts Council, ON.

Memberships

Ontario Library Association
Archives Association of Ontario
Visual Arts Ontario







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