13 totally drunk-in-love couples, 

each received a 1950s love note as inspiration

to create an original artwork, together.

Couples from Montreal, Toronto, New York City, San Fransisco and London were pumped to create an artistic love child. Opening reception met a packed gallery from lights on to off. Each visitor left feeling elated. The exhibit ran for five days only and by popular demand, will hopefully travel to Montreal this Spring 2016. 

 

Check out the artworks & meet the artists.

 

Justin & Joanna Aitcheson, married.

Justin and Jo met in Toronto while both pursuing grand dreams to work in the design industry. Soon after, they jumped into the first of many ambitious art projects that they would work on as a team. Over the next year their collaborations continued and eventually they realized that something existed between them that was more beautiful than all the art in the world. They got married in 2011 and eventually set sail for Hamilton where they continue to do life together and work on the occasional crazy project.

  kiss kiss kiss The chaotic nature of the florals reflects the degradation of societal norms from a wholesome sense of communication to our current state of shallow instant messaging and cheap gratification. The background is a reproduction of something that was once beautiful. This contrasts the hand-painted type in the foreground which reflects the past, a time when correspondence was a thing of romance and meaningful connection; a time that has long been forgotten. For a brief moment we focus on the past, and we let our present reality fade into the background.

 

kiss kiss kiss

The chaotic nature of the florals reflects the degradation of societal norms from a wholesome sense of communication to our current state of shallow instant messaging and cheap gratification. The background is a reproduction of something that was once beautiful. This contrasts the hand-painted type in the foreground which reflects the past, a time when correspondence was a thing of romance and meaningful connection; a time that has long been forgotten. For a brief moment we focus on the past, and we let our present reality fade into the background.

 

Yuli scheidt & brian clarke, DATING.

We met April 2014, online, and have been inseparable ever since. Life goals include greying, getting a dog and one day retiring to the country.

  A Couple, of Old Boy-friendsAt first blush our letter seemed rather tame for a love letter. Upon a 2nd or 5th pass it read as really sad. We saw a lot of our younger selves in the words. Here's a woman, so in love, and trying to keep cool. Playing it off like she's as cosmopolitan as the dallier she adores. We made the figures a mix of ourselves and Omar and Lotte.    

 

A Couple, of Old Boy-friendsAt first blush our letter seemed rather tame for a love letter. Upon a 2nd or 5th pass it read as really sad. We saw a lot of our younger selves in the words. Here's a woman, so in love, and trying to keep cool. Playing it off like she's as cosmopolitan as the dallier she adores. We made the figures a mix of ourselves and Omar and Lotte.

 

 

 

joel ANDREW clifton & jenNIFER morden, liVe-in lovers.

J+J met in 2003 on a summer study abroad in Italy & Greece. Joel was in love...with someone else. They never spoke after that trip. Fast-forward 10 years...Joel was looking to buy a used camera. Jen was selling. A mutual friend put them in touch, what a small city! They went out to talk photography and cameras. Now, they’re in love and live together.

  I think now that I love you very much, what do you think? Finding a balance. When you meet someone who you connect with, it feels exciting and like you can make anything work – distance, taste in music, bad manners… Your priorities shift and you focus all of your energy on this relationship - embracing the passion you feel. Eventually you reach a point when you begin to negotiate your emotions, seeing through the ‘lusts’. Your brain and your heart begin to talk to each other again – allowing the brain to play negotiator while the heart takes on a slower pace. The props in Joel and Jen's photograph caused a police investigation which caught the attention of VICE, the National Post, Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail.

 

I think now that I love you very much, what do you think?

Finding a balance. When you meet someone who you connect with, it feels exciting and like you can make anything work – distance, taste in music, bad manners… Your priorities shift and you focus all of your energy on this relationship - embracing the passion you feel. Eventually you reach a point when you begin to negotiate your emotions, seeing through the ‘lusts’. Your brain and your heart begin to talk to each other again – allowing the brain to play negotiator while the heart takes on a slower pace.

The props in Joel and Jen's photograph caused a police investigation which caught the attention of VICE, the National Post, Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail.

 

OLIVER JAMES BROOKS & KIYOMI BURGIN, BF & GF

Both Oliver and Kiyomi graduated from OCAD with degrees in Advertising and Illustration. They both like to tell stories, just in different ways. 

  LOVE SICK When reading a letter from one lover to another that talked about being sick and somewhat lonely, it only felt natural to combine the two.

 

LOVE SICK

When reading a letter from one lover to another that talked about being sick and somewhat lonely, it only felt natural to combine the two.

 

TALIA LEDNER & JOSH KOBRIN, MARRIED WITH PETS.

Tal and Josh are often found on their red couch tormenting their two fat cats and one skinny dog. They love adventure, snacking, and well-written TV shows. They'd probably be friends with you if you lived in San Francisco. When they're not making art, they're rattling around northern California in their beat up 911. You can read every bit of their early love letters (i.e. emails) at Beforewemet.com

  I love you when you write to me It's difficult to place yourself in the past with 2015 eyes, but given the context that people are now used to, romance from 1952 suddenly feels familiar.

 

I love you when you write to me
It's difficult to place yourself in the past with 2015 eyes, but given the context that people are now used to, romance from 1952 suddenly feels familiar.

 

Sean keith & julienne lottering, married.

His favourite quote is: "Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness." - Bertrand Russell
Her favourite quote is: "A person's life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art or love or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened." - Albert Camus

  Elevation of Love and the Chasm of Monotony   In this letter exists is a specific kind of longing--- longing made mundane by the act of waiting. When the emotional height of longing can no longer be sustained, banality is used to fill the space of missing someone. What is it one writes when you’re tired of talking across an ocean? When what you want to write is simply that you want to sit silently together. Almost dispassionate, this letter symbolizes the desire to be with the person you love in quietude. Unable to hold hands, or tuck a misplaced hair behind your lover’s ear, this letter stands as a physical proxy for a lover’s touch. After all, a letter is being able to touch the fabric of someone’s emotions. The tactile quality of what was felt and given, together.

 

Elevation of Love and the Chasm of Monotony  

In this letter exists is a specific kind of longing--- longing made mundane by the act of waiting. When the emotional height of longing can no longer be sustained, banality is used to fill the space of missing someone.

What is it one writes when you’re tired of talking across an ocean? When what you want to write is simply that you want to sit silently together. Almost dispassionate, this letter symbolizes the desire to be with the person you love in quietude.

Unable to hold hands, or tuck a misplaced hair behind your lover’s ear, this letter stands as a physical proxy for a lover’s touch. After all, a letter is being able to touch the fabric of someone’s emotions. The tactile quality of what was felt and given, together.

 

anna ryabtsun & greg kouts, married.

Greg and Anna meet in their first year of university, back in 2004. It was at a house party, and they felt instantly connected. So they've definitely been together before Instagram, iPhones emoticons or Tinder was ever in existence! They have been living in Toronto prior to moving to London, UK 4 years ago and work in Advertising and Film Production there. They have been together for almost 12 years now and married in London in 2014.

  Untitled Our piece represents the link between the past and present while still capturing the essence of love and what it means to communicate love between two people. In the past love letters were elaborate and it would take weeks, sometimes months to get to the other party. In present, we rely on instant technology and a message doesn't have to be a letter. A simple emoticon can capture a feeling. However both still carry the same message...whether it takes 1 emoticon or a hundred words, 1 second or 2 months, it's still a love exchange between two lovers, two people and the essence is actually still the same. These days one minute can feel like an eternity when waiting for a response from someone, compared to the weeks it took back in the day.

 

Untitled

Our piece represents the link between the past and present while still capturing the essence of love and what it means to communicate love between two people. In the past love letters were elaborate and it would take weeks, sometimes months to get to the other party. In present, we rely on instant technology and a message doesn't have to be a letter. A simple emoticon can capture a feeling. However both still carry the same message...whether it takes 1 emoticon or a hundred words, 1 second or 2 months, it's still a love exchange between two lovers, two people and the essence is actually still the same. These days one minute can feel like an eternity when waiting for a response from someone, compared to the weeks it took back in the day.

 

MARIE & JO, POWER COUPLE.

Marie and Jo became friends in 1996, while studying graphic design in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Over the years, they became closer and closer and finally admit their love to each other. Since then, they basically did everything together. Same work, same office, same friends, same passions. Their friends like to call them a power couple.

  DEAREST DARLING Dearest Darling is a modern and graphic representation that takes shape in a series of postcards of everything that seems to be in the head of Lotte while she wrote her letter to Omar. When we read the letter,  we felt all the love and excitement that was going on in Lotte’s life at this time. We felt that she wanted to share all of this with the entire world. That’s why we wanted to visually represent each fragment of thought, that could have been in her mind while writing her letter.

 

DEAREST DARLING
Dearest Darling is a modern and graphic representation that takes shape in a series of postcards of everything that seems to be in the head of Lotte while she wrote her letter to Omar. When we read the letter,  we felt all the love and excitement that was going on in Lotte’s life at this time. We felt that she wanted to share all of this with the entire world. That’s why we wanted to visually represent each fragment of thought, that could have been in her mind while writing her letter.

 

LAUREN BARLESS & STEPHEN CARLICK, COMMON-LAW PARTNERS.

Though their paths had crossed prior, Lauren and Stephen truly connected, and shared a whirlwind romance, just a month before Lauren had plans to move to Los Angeles. After three months of long-distance Skype, Viber, Google Chat, email, phone and text communication, Stephen accepted Lauren’s invitation to join her in California, where they lived together for a year. Four years later, they own a house in Roncesvalles, where they live with their two dogs.

  We Can Look At Each Other In a world of digital communication, we nostalgize, even fetishize material correspondence. By modern standards, handwritten letters seem timeless, charming, beautiful even; by contrast, Skype, Google chat and other digital means of communication can feel ephemeral, impersonal and prosaic. By re-framing (and framing) a digital moment, We can look at each other hopes to re-contextualize and find beauty in the frustrating, pixelated nature of modern communication, calling into question nostalgia and aesthetic value while also exploring the interwoven nature of romance and technology.

 

We Can Look At Each Other

In a world of digital communication, we nostalgize, even fetishize material correspondence. By modern standards, handwritten letters seem timeless, charming, beautiful even; by contrast, Skype, Google chat and other digital means of communication can feel ephemeral, impersonal and prosaic.

By re-framing (and framing) a digital moment, We can look at each other hopes to re-contextualize and find beauty in the frustrating, pixelated nature of modern communication, calling into question nostalgia and aesthetic value while also exploring the interwoven nature of romance and technology.

 

markatan von boobleheimer, soulmates.

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Mark (American) and Melatan (Canadian) began their long-distance romance by writing letters to each other (sometimes written in code). They work as creatives in New York City.

Heart on Your Sleeve

People who are in love expose themselves on the written page. Being marketers, we extracted what we felt to be “slogans” for this “campaign of love” and put them onto the most common vehicle for self-expression - the common t-shirt. However, we have chosen toddler-sized t-shirts to suggest a deeper level of irony in wearing ones heart on one’s sleeve.

 

chris smith and tyler adam smith, married.

Partners and Creators of Wondermatter, a brand optimization studio, Chris and Ty spend their time considering the nature of wonder and amazement, attempting to create new delivery mechanisms for those most noble experiences to be welcomes into other peoples' lives. They are driven by the relentless pursuit of meaning and the desire to make things good.

 

LYDIA PAWLOWSKY (@LYDIAPAWL) & DAN OPHAUG (@LABATTDAD), COHABITATING ROMANTIC PARTNERS.

“I had just been at the hospital, getting my eyes dilated and checked out at the eye clinic. Naturally, I decided I shouldn’t bike blindly to my office in Liberty Village, so I walked over to Cafe Pamenar in Kensington Market to set up shop for the day. While standing in line waiting to order, I saw a cute, tall, lanky boy standing in front of me. We kept catching each other’s eye and smiling. (Little did he know, I could actually barely see his facial expressions, I just knew I was beaming at him.) When I sat down with my coffee a few minutes later, I immediately iMessaged my friend to tell her how I wish I wasn’t so self-conscious about my wacky pupils to talk to that boy — then I looked up, and he was actually standing at my table, like I’d manifested him there just by talking about him. He ended up asking, very shyly, whether or not I had a partner, which led to an uncharacteristically awkward interaction on both of our behalves. I blurted out ‘My name is Lydia, by the way’, after he’d already gotten my number. And we’ve been together ever since.” — Lydia

Lydia is an editor, and Dan is a freelance writer, both living and working out of Toronto. While their love of all things creative tends to lean toward the contemporary, their love of pop punk remains stuck in the early 2000’s.

  19 5/6 Reading this letter is entering into a point of time, into one’s consciousness and emotion, without any context. We don’t know the events leading up to this exchange, and we don’t know what was to come next for the couple. We can only follow the author’s words, round and round, as he tries to convince himself, and the recipient, that he is in love; and that he is not in love; that he’s steadfast and loyal; and that he’s moved on. Time will heal, or time will devastate. For our piece, we wanted to create something that embodied both movement as well as staticity. Because we are emotionally removed from the situation outlined in the letter, we also wanted to strip our art of such, and take on a more mathematical, logical approach: a metronome measures time, but not in a linear sense; a chart keeps track of feelings, but it’s unlabelled. The relationship between time and one’s feelings is ever-changing, and perpetually confusing. Our position of emotional distance serves as an interesting parallel to the distance between lovers. Just as we attempted to interpret and quantify the information therein, these letters are an attempt to create structure in the chaos and non-linearity of romantic attachment.

 

19 5/6

Reading this letter is entering into a point of time, into one’s consciousness and emotion, without any context. We don’t know the events leading up to this exchange, and we don’t know what was to come next for the couple. We can only follow the author’s words, round and round, as he tries to convince himself, and the recipient, that he is in love; and that he is not in love; that he’s steadfast and loyal; and that he’s moved on. Time will heal, or time will devastate.

For our piece, we wanted to create something that embodied both movement as well as staticity. Because we are emotionally removed from the situation outlined in the letter, we also wanted to strip our art of such, and take on a more mathematical, logical approach: a metronome measures time, but not in a linear sense; a chart keeps track of feelings, but it’s unlabelled. The relationship between time and one’s feelings is ever-changing, and perpetually confusing.

Our position of emotional distance serves as an interesting parallel to the distance between lovers. Just as we attempted to interpret and quantify the information therein, these letters are an attempt to create structure in the chaos and non-linearity of romantic attachment.

 

eleni alpous & colin smith, engaged.

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Eleni and Colin met at a house party in 2012 in Toronto. He mixed the drink; she provided the garnish. He calls her Toots and she calls him Mister. They like running, listening to jazz, laughing and exploring cities together. They’re learning to be each other's family.

  Keeping in touch with you We recently got engaged. Just moved in together, too. We’re floating around in that jazzy, blissed-out new love haze (most of the time). So to be handed this letter - the kiss-off as it were - was a bit of a downer, we must admit. We felt tremendous responsibility in empathizing with its contents, possible meanings and repercussions. Beautifully written in Lotte’s hand, we were left to imagine Omar’s response opening it, reading it, rereading it. And we could imagine it because we’d both been there. No one escapes heartbreak. Choosing objects from past relationships became an anchoring element to our response to Lotte’s letter. The unified act of destroying those objects is more significant than the stories behind them. They are ephemeral things after all. Whenever lovers part, the objects and memories they once shared are carried forward, separately. Over time, the memories fade and objects are lost, given away, returned, forgotten, stored in a trunk for decades and decades... In Lotte’s letter there were words that haunted us both individually. For Colin it was now the past and for Eleni keeping in touch with you. These phrases stand out because they capture the paradox inherent in this letter. Truly leaving a lover in the past often requires action. Maybe it’s unfollowing them on Instagram or burning a box of their letters. Moving forward might mean moving cities or packing an entire relationship away in a trunk. Creating distance can require one last act of keeping in touch. And if you’re ready, new love can rise from the ash of a past one.

 

Keeping in touch with you

We recently got engaged. Just moved in together, too. We’re floating around in that jazzy, blissed-out new love haze (most of the time).

So to be handed this letter - the kiss-off as it were - was a bit of a downer, we must admit. We felt tremendous responsibility in empathizing with its contents, possible meanings and repercussions. Beautifully written in Lotte’s hand, we were left to imagine Omar’s response opening it, reading it, rereading it. And we could imagine it because we’d both been there. No one escapes heartbreak.

Choosing objects from past relationships became an anchoring element to our response to Lotte’s letter. The unified act of destroying those objects is more significant than the stories behind them. They are ephemeral things after all.

Whenever lovers part, the objects and memories they once shared are carried forward, separately. Over time, the memories fade and objects are lost, given away, returned, forgotten, stored in a trunk for decades and decades...

In Lotte’s letter there were words that haunted us both individually. For Colin it was now the past and for Eleni keeping in touch with you. These phrases stand out because they capture the paradox inherent in this letter.

Truly leaving a lover in the past often requires action. Maybe it’s unfollowing them on Instagram or burning a box of their letters. Moving forward might mean moving cities or packing an entire relationship away in a trunk.

Creating distance can require one last act of keeping in touch. And if you’re ready, new love can rise from the ash of a past one.


AYMF 2016 is currently curating artists.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, SAY HELLO at

getintouchwithsarah@gmail.com

Each participating couple must be either current or former lovers. That's it. The art work's medium is yours to choose. 

  Poster design by Wondermatter.

 

Poster design by Wondermatter.