is a Canadian artist whose work employs a variety of media including collage
, film, video, drawing, photography and installation.
Critical writings have invoked references to Jean Genet
, William S. Burroughs
, Jack Pierson
and Nan Goldin
, in describing Treleaven's place in "a lineage of obdurate misfits". Treleaven's work has also been used as album art by a number of bands, including photographs for the interior of Broken Social Scene
's Kevin Drew
's "Spirit If" (both attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts
In 2007, Some Boys Wander By Mistake
, a catalog of Treleaven's collages, photos, sculptures and films emerged, featuring a conversation with artist Jack Pierson
, an essay by Terence Hannum of folk band Unlucky Atlas
, and five new poems by Dennis Cooper
based on the work.
Treleaven's first film Queercore: A Punk-u-mentary
was produced in 1996, a documentary on the queercore
scene in the 1990s.
In 2002 Treleaven presented an overview of his independent publishing experiences in a film entitled The Salivation Army
which has been screened at MOMA
and Art Basel
In 2005 photographer/director Carter Smith
approached Treleaven about adapting his published horror story, Bugcrush
, into Smith's Sundance Film Festival
award-winning short film. Director Steven Spielberg
has openly lauded the film.
In 2008, he appeared in the feature film, The Lollipop Generation