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Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs | Curated by Olga Korper + Taiga Lipson

Propeller Gallery

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Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs

Olga: I suggested this title for a brand of natural foods twenty years ago…they went with ‘Dragonfly’ instead. I’ve no idea why.

Taiga: Some people are so narrow-minded. I’m infuriated by 21st century health mentality. Hot yoga and green tea and tempurpedic mattress commercials. Meditation, standing desks, detoxes. Eating organic, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, fun free. I get totally sucked in…I own 3 yoga mats and I order omelets made with egg whites for less cholesterol. Better buy 5lbs of organic blueberries, they’re antioxidants! Live forever!! Die of boredom.

Olga: Every New Year I make the resolution to keep smoking.

Taiga: I love butter. And those 100-year-old women who proclaim that the key to immortality is cognac.

Olga: Getting old is not for sissies.

Taiga: Rage, rage against the dying of the light!!

Olga: Artists, if your oeuvre were to be represented by one work, what would it be?

Taiga: We want to see your perspective on life practices and superstitions and bad habits and secret victories. What’s your personal prescription for living longer?

Olga: Freedom is more important to me than almost anything else, and that’s what we’re offering you here. Make a choice that best represents your thoughts, your creativity, and your soul. 

Propeller gallery presents our much-anticipated annual guest curated exhibition, now in its 20th year. Each year Propeller invites a prominent figure within the arts community to contribute their knowledge and experience in developing a theme and selecting works for a completely unique exhibition. This year we have the great pleasure of hosting Toronto-based curator Olga Korper and her granddaughter Taiga Lipson, an up-and-coming curator in her own right. Together Korper and Lipson have collaborated on the theme Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs.

 Submission Requirements:

  • Name, address, email, phone number.
  • Artist Statement and CV.
  • One image per submission, with a maximum of three artworks submitted (2000 pixels on the longest edge @72dpi) please include accurate label information (title, date, medium, dimensions, value). 
  • Short narrative text to accompany work(s) (maximum 500 words).
  • Video links will be accepted.
  • Submission fee: $45 CDN for the first entry, $25 for each additional entry (*please note, submission fees are non-refundable).

Additional Information:
25% commission will be collected on any work sold as a result of this exhibition. By submitting artists agree to allow us to use submission material, without compensation, in a potential catalogue/publication of this exhibition. Artist’s who are selected will be contacted by email. Delivery instructions will be given at that time.

Curator Bio’s:
Olga Korper - Owner/Operator/Art Queen
Olga Korper has been director of the gallery for more than 40 years, having dedicated her life and career to the service of conceptual contemporary art. She has worked tirelessly with serious collectors in both private and corporate spheres, placing artwork in homes, museums, banks, and businesses around the world. Olga served 8 years on the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, 3 years on the board for the Contact Photography Festival, and in 2013 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Dealer’s Association of Canada. Olga has consistently been a source of wisdom and guidance for artists, fellow dealers, and aspiring collectors, granting an audience to anyone who seeks advice in her Queendom – the kitchen of 17 Morrow Avenue. Since 1989 the gallery has doubled as Olga’s home, where she can be spotted with a cappuccino and her royal hound, Kiwi.

Taiga Lipson – Heir Apparent
Taiga has been with Olga Korper gallery for 7 years, and having perfected the art of cappuccino foam has finally graduated from gallery barista to writer and curator. She publishes the gallery catalogues, manages the website and social media, and attends art fairs with the gallery in Toronto, Montreal, and Miami, generally making a nuisance of herself whenever possible. Artist submissions? Event bookings? She’s your girl.

For more information visit our website:

Please direct inquiries to:
Nathan Heuvingh
Gallery Director

Twitter: @PropellerTO
Instagram: @propellerygallery_to

closes on
Fri March 10, 2017 11:59 pm EST
Propeller Gallery
30 Abell Street
Toronto, Ontario, M6J 0A9
contact Name
Nathan Heuvingh
contact Position
Gallery Director
Exhibition dates
22nd Mar 2017
2nd Apr 2017
$47.63 CAD - 1st image
$26.63 CAD - per additional image
  • Decorative/Applied Arts - Ceramics
  • Decorative/Applied Arts - Fibre
  • Decorative/Applied Arts - Glass
  • Decorative/Applied Arts - Jewellery
  • Decorative/Applied Arts - Metal
  • Decorative/Applied Arts - Wood
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing
  • Game
  • Installation
  • Interactive
  • Painting
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Two Dimensional Mixed Media
  • Video
The artist can select one or more categories.
multiple submission
Multiples, maximum of 3 images per submission.