Works from VPSD58 Advanced Seminar: Two Dimensional Work; Professor Alexander Irving
Featuring works by Rosalie H. Maheux, Rebecca Noakes, Karen Chu, Abigail Feniza, Sibing Xu, Sunny Liu, Luigi Umali, Anna Wilson, Kailee Rose, Madeha Batool, Betsy Wang, Zarish Asif, Jiawei Chen, Yoyo Tsai, Amanda Che, Shandi Huang, Vivian Huang, Jessica Zhang
Tuesday, November 27th to Friday, November 30th
RECEPTION Wednesday, November 28th, from 5-7pm
Curated from a sampling of the work from VPSA71 Introduction to Sculpture; Professor Lee Goreas
Featuring works by Barbara Kiriakidis, Daniel Hunt, Sara Rizza & Anonymous
Monday, November 5th to Thursday, November 8th
CLOSING RECEPTION Wednesday, November 7th, from 5-7pm
Off Track draws on the sudden and subtle moments of perceptual encounters through the possible interaction with objects. Exploring the sensory elements of space and relativeness, the presented works evoke both disorientation and the desire for connection. Often, the balance of encountering an object is skewed; throwing off our expectations with something uncommon to question this balance in logical, spatial, and material relationships.
Originally assigned to address the concept of volume, the artists drew from material sources which resulted in successful contrasts of fullness and fragmentation. The objects not only show their volume in space and subject, but ultimately draw on the immensity of perception and sense within psychological capacity.
“Is my Hearing Aid On?”
Dealing with the dynamics of public and private space, this piece relies on the concept that people in public spaces occupy their own private space; isolating themselves with the use of items such as headphones and earplugs.
Daniel Griffin Driscoll Hunt
“The Weight of the World” 2012
Concrete, Wood, Handles.
We all have our secrets; things we are ashamed of, or things that we do not want to think about but can never let go, like that stillborn baby or the time you hit that boy with your car. Typically burdens are things that people keep hidden inside. This creates psychological weights within one’s own mind that often takes a physical toll on the body. The boxes explore human encumbrance and how psychological issues have physical repercussions.
“Vol. 12 Set” 2012
Plywood, Book-binding fabric
This piece works with two distinct guidelines: What does the sculpture say about the material, and what does the sculpture say about volume?
The twelve volumes represent numerous things. The concept of volume is obvious – each book is a volume in a twelve part set. Individually, each book would be one volume or one piece of the whole, but together they are a set, and the multiplicity adds to the meaning of volume.
The material being plywood provokes thought about how we use wood and what wood can become, which naturally led me to the use of paper as a place in which we store information or knowledge in the inside of books.
A.D.H.D. (Art Directions, Dan Hunt)
Artwork by Daniel Hunt
October 17th to October 25th, 2012
CLOSING RECEPTION October 25th, 2012 5pm-7pm
FREE FOOD AND REFRESHEMENTS
“This show is an amalgamation of both past and present artwork; sketches, sculptures and a few things in between.
For this show I needed a title that could articulate my constant need for change in art. I needed a title that captured both the energy and spontaneity of art and the interactions one has with it everyday. As a second year student, sometimes it is difficult to keep up with all the intricacies of a day-to-day life. Between school, extracurricular, school, work, readings and school, it is sometimes hard to find time in your life to do the things you love. When your bouncing off the walls all the time your art starts to reflect this state of flux. In turn, I need to keep my art moving. The direction doesn’t matter, my work is in constant flux and when my art stops changing, I’ll no longer be able to call myself an artist, I’ll just be a cobbler.” – Daniel Hunt
Seen & Unseen
Artwork by Sarah Duffy and Rosalie Harrisonmaheux
February 27th to March 1st
OPENING RECEPTION Wednesday February 29th, 5pm-7pm FREE FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
Artist Bio: Sarah Duffy gained two years of life drawing experience, and four years of sculpture, printmaking, painting, and drawing instruction at Wexford Collegiate School of the Arts before entering University of Toronto. She is currently studying to gain an honours BA (co-op) in Arts Management with a minor in Art History and Studio practice.
Artist Bio: After completing studies in classical music at Cegep in Quebec, Rosalie Harrisonmaheux decided that interpretation was not her ‘cup of tea’ and wanted to focus more on the process of creation. She decided to study visual art, and then said: “Why not in English?” Now studying at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, Rosalie is pursuing studies as a Studio Major with current practice in drawing, sculpture and video.
Artwork by Nayeon Kim
February 13th to February 16th, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION February 15th, 2012 5pm-7pm FREE FOOD AND REFRESHEMENTS
“Throughout my artistic career at UTSC, my works have ranged from endurance performances to video installations, pop art critique installations and photo series. My performances tend to be extremely visceral. I use physical action, in its capacity as a universal language, to engage and quickly cross boundaries that interest me, such as identity, gender and ‘immigrant culture’. My actions and choices as a performer are often driven by a perception of my ‘self’ at these boundaries and my attempt to transcend that ‘self’ by crossing them.” – Nayeon Kim
Lost in Translation
Artwork from SHIRIN KAROUBI & SONORA BANAS
February 6th to February 9th, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION FEB 8th 5pm-7pm FREE FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
The series of drawings depicts the popes of the last 150 years. The drawings display the discrepancy between what we see and what we hear. One of the artists drew while the other gave a verbal description. The relationship between the process and the subject sheds light on the politics of dogma. Interpretation of religious doctrine has been used to justify political actions throughout history. The work invites the viewer to contemplate communication or the lack there of in relation to devotion.
Work by Yael Brotman’s Drawing III class
Jan 30th to Feb 3rd
Opening Reception February 1st, 5pm-7pm
Live Drawing to Mark Laver’s improvisational jazz class, Febrary 2nd. 12pm-2pm
Magic Lantern’ speaks about the introduction of moving pictures, when people used to make shadows on the walls using candles in lanterns Magic Lantern consists of drawings made using overhead projectors and creating projected images with markers as acetate drawings.
Photography and Digital Media by Alexandra Gater and Nazia Habiba
JAN 16th to JAN 23rd, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION JAN 18th 5-7pm. FREE FOOD AND REFRESHENTS
Alexandra: What awakens a memory? Is it an indescribable feeling, a smell that brings back a moment you hadn’t thought about in years, is it a photograph, a song, the way a stranger holds the small of your back on the subway as they push past, a color, the way the trees bloom or shed, is it in a name or a date or a series of numbers, a layer of a dream, how the way he kisses me is not like how you did, the feel of a doorknob or the amount of sinkage in a mattress, a cats meow. These things touch the surface of my memories and bring them home. Through images of interiors, exteriors, objects and people, this series represents the complexity of memories. It challenges the familiar idea that a memory can be summed up in one photograph, that a memory is one concrete moment in time. Instead, the simplicity of these images asks viewers to deconstruct the layers of the image to find something familiar, which in turn makes them quite complex. All photos have been taken with a 35 mm film camera, some slightly digitally enhanced using Photoshop.
Nazia: In my piece, I build a chimeric “organisms” from a compilation of various symbols, icons, and objects in an attempt to explore the impact of experience on the developing individual. With age comes new stimuli that is shown through the progression of shapes and flashes of faces to a more sophisticated heterogeneous mixture of iconography as the “organism” matures. The use of lines mimic that ever fragile and malleable quality of the human mind. Because of this characteristic, I call this piece nativity, since it can not only represent the growth of man, but the progress of life from simplistic beings in the primordial ocean to an expansive array of diverse, complex organisms. I believe the digital medium is only fitting for the idea of progression. Both of our series explore the themes of experience, moments and memories. The way we artistically and psychologically approach these ideas, however, are very different.
No Instructions Required
JAN 10th 12 to JAN.12th 12
OPENING RECEPTION JAN 11th 5pm-7pm FREE FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
Given that works of art can consist of no more than a sentence, an ephemeral material or a bodily action, the sculpture students were given the challenge to produce two works ¬one which addressed the concept of presence, the materialness of sculpture and the other absence, the potential immaterial side of sculpture. In both instances they were asked to make a work where the objects were so self-evident that no instructions were required. This is a selection of the work that resulted.
‘No Instructions Required’ showcases sculpture created through VPSC75H3 ‘Advanced Sculpture’. The show is curated by professors Marla Hlady and Adam David Brown and features artworks from the following students:
Sonora Banas, Vivian Cheng, Sam Horne, Shirin Karoubi, Noheul Kim, Rebecca Noakes, Iqrar Rizvi, Luigi Umali, Victor Wong