Shit show

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A group of almost 50 people came together for the Shitty Art Show. (Photo: Ben Cousins)

The art might have been “shitty” but the night was anything but.

Last Friday, Charvel Rappos hosted the “Shitty Art Show” in her home in North End Halifax.

Anyone was welcome to attend, bring their own art and hang their “shit” on her wall.

“We told them … just bring whatever you want and you can hang it wherever you want,” says Rappos.

The unusual nature of the event brought some unusual pieces to the floor, anything from paintings to murals, from dioramas to masks.

There were abstract collages of people, comic strips, doodles from a notebook, murals depicting famous women, a mask of rabbit and many more on what seemed like every inch of Rappos’ second floor apartment.

Rappos says even she didn’t know what kind of pieces were coming.

“We tried to make it so that some people’s art didn’t have to go through some sort of jury or assessment.”

The night was a chance for artists to get together, share ideas and bond over their creations.

“It’s a really great way to meet people and express ideas that you can’t express through work,” said Rappos.

The event also gave an opportunity for people to display works that might not otherwise get the chance to be seen.

Upwards of 50 people attended the Shitty Art Show and many of them brought multiple pieces to display.

“We were trying to make it as open as possible,” says Rappos.

“I didn’t know where to show it off. I just saw the opportunity when I was walking through the Killam Library at Dal saw the Shitty Art Show poster and thought, ‘I can’t miss that,’” said Nicolas Chupick, who had the crowd favourite of the night.

His painting included hundreds of multi-coloured triangles mashed together on the canvas.

“All the triangles have different sizes and none of them are perfect, that was my intention, an imperfect lattice,” said Chupick.

The further you step away from his piece, the triangles appear to shift place.

“I just wanted to draw triangles and shapes and have this movement,” said Chupick.

Chupick says that it took him much longer than he thought — eight months.

“It was so hard on my back and my brain because it was so tedious painting those tiles one-by-one,” said Chupick.

Another crowd-pleaser was Courtney Harris’ paper mache mask of a rabbit.

“It’s a statement about how our society puts so much focus and pressure on beautiful standards,” said Harris.

“It’s got real makeup on it because it makes me feel like every time I put makeup on I feel like some part of myself is hidden, like a fraud,” said Harris.

She has a background in theatre at Acadia University and has created as many as 50 other masks.

She is part of a group called the “Circus of the Normal,”   which does circus acts and designs costumes.

Some of the featured artists were pros, others were still learning their art. For Rappos, it’s all about the camaraderie.

“I just enjoy doing it as a hobby and with friends.”