FANCY ACTION NOW
THE ART OF TEAM MACHO
Narwhal is pleased to present the first book documenting Canadian art collective Team Macho. Fancy Action Now captures the prolific works of Team Macho over the past three years. Team Macho express a unique attitude toward collaboration, a highly competitive spirit where the very nature of their alliance revolves around thwarting and subverting each other’s contributions.
With a penchant for humble, unconventional materials like dollar-store watercolours and thrift-shop frames, Team Macho’s work conveys a decidedly unorthodox and individual approach. Comprised of members Nicholas Aoki, Stephen Appleby Barr, Christopher Buchan, Lauchie Reid, and Jacob Whibley, Team Macho occupy a large studio in Toronto, where their collective efforts are focused on developing an artmaking practice that spans the worlds of both fine art and illustration.
Exploring key elements in their artistic process – camaraderie, geeky bravado, the creation of a personal culture laden with absurdity, inside jokes, sabotage, fluorescence, raquetry, and most importantly, fanciness, Fancy Action Now unleashes Team Macho’s true pansy awesomeness.
Introduction by Paul Dallas, Dean of Illustration, Ontario College of Art & Design and artists interview with Gary Taxali, award winning illustrator.
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Art / Illustration.
8.5 x 11 inches. 140 pages.
Full colour. Over 200 illustrations.
First edition 2007.