ARTS WEEK, 1987.
CLICK Above left: Posing at more of the almost 100 transit shelters which displayed "MY HONEY and ME"
LAURENCE CHERNIAK and the MIMES (is a link you might like to click on for
a humorous True Story about the painting "MY HONEY and ME"
as well as see the original painting which is different than what you are
seeing in the transit shelter above and to the left).
There were also another 6,000 medium size posters that were plastered all over the contruction hoardings and hundreds of other locations like cafes, retaurants, libraries, schools, peoples homes; you name it. "My Honey and Me" was everywhere.
As well there were 10's of thousands of a smaller size poster,
8.5" by 11" in a so many places we just couldn't go to bed without seeing
"MY HONEY and ME" in all our dreams.
we met one of the vice presidents of Mediacom, the company that was responsible
for the giant 4 by 6 foot posters being displayed in the transit shelters, major
store windows and inside department stores. The first words out of his mouth
however were. "So, you're the guy who's been causing us all this trouble." My
reputation preceded me once again. He simply had to make it clear that there's
always a little salt that comes with all the honey that we were getting because
Mediacom, the company that had done these large posters, had run up extra expenses
changing the locking systems in the public places. People were finding a way
to break in and steal the posters. He told us they had to change the locking
systems just because of "My Honey and Me."
This painting has lead to several important appointments including serving, in 1988-9, as the founding art curator to The City of Toronto's MTCVA (Metropolitan Toronto Convention & Visitors Association) where he installed as many as 15 to 20 artist's work every 6 weeks.
Left: Inside Simpsons Sears main store.
Above: Outside Simpsons Sears main store's display windows.
|The success and history of the original painting entitled "My Honey and Me" also led to Mr. Cherniak undertaking to do a portrait painting of Toronto's First Family, Mr. & Mrs Art Eggleton, The Mayor of Toronto for over 10 years. It all began with a photo shoot, on a beautiful, sunny, Wednesday, October 12, 1988, at the new Toronto City Hall where the Mayor and his wife posed for their portrait to be done.|
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