February 25-29, 2013
Opening Reception: Monday, February 25, 5-7pm
Gallery 1265 is hosting Surge City, curated by Barbara and Fabio, and including several artists based out of Scarborough and the GTA. This exhibition began as an exploration of the relationship between the privacy of the creative urbanite and ways in which this translates into the public sphere. Using two-dimensional media, this exploration is both photographic (even documentative) and projectory, the eye that captures and the hand that makes its mark through those visions. The result of which became an amalgamation that spans the color spectrum and plays with ideas of memory and the present, a surge of the imaginative mind and the city that breeds them.
Anna enjoys working with mixed media in art, forming relationships that attempt to embody the multi-layered subjects she wishes to dissect.
Mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious or aware of some thing. Mind fullness is the quality or state of being relentlessly bombarded with stimuli! Anna finds intriguing perhaps out of jealousy, a response during an interview she read from the artist Agnes Martin, “Gosh yes I am an empty mind, so that when something comes in I can see it”. Although Martins mindset contrasts Anna’s, this is just one of the many approaches one can come into contact with. Anna believes encounters such as these will only broaden her holistic experience as a growing artist.
This show is a compilation of recent works reflective of Anna’s tireless mind working through varied subjects of interest involving the body and how the artist is incorporated within ones own work. Artists such as: Marcel Duchamp, Ana Mendieta, Frida Kahlo and Betty Dodson have inspired these works. Other contributing influences are Anna’s current studies in World Religions and Mental Health.
Rainbow Tie Gala
January 30th, 5-7:30pm
Gallery 1265 and Meeting Place
*Followed by Expression Talent Show hosted by SC:OUT
Gallery 1265, in conjunction with Positive Space, will be hosting The Positive Space Exhibition (PSE), a multi-disciplinary arts show, which will feature a wide variety of work by members of the Tri-campus University of Toronto community from all disciplines and backgrounds. In the media of their choice, the artists explore the social ideas and issues that surround sexuality, especially that which pertains to the LGBTQ community. The goal is to elicit conversation of ideas that surround the theme of gender and sexuality as a way to collapse all barriers and notions of a heteronormative in order to celebrate diversity using the arts.
MULTIPLICITY: Scarborough Identity
Featuring works by Zarish Asif, Daniele Dennis, Dorica Manuel, Tara Mazurk, Nick Noh, and Victor Wong
Tuesday, January 8th to Thursday, January 17th
February – May 2013, Scarborough Museum
CLOSING RECEPTION Thursday, January 17th, from 5-7pm
How can we situate the diverse lives of Scarborough residents today within its past and redefine the Scarborough identity? With over 1200 international students attending UTSC alone, the community is bursting with potential for cultural and artistic innovation. This diasporic environment provides opportunities for young artists from a wide range of backgrounds to develop and exert their voices, resulting in a unique critical perspective of themselves and the community which surrounds them. This exhibition is dedicated to the exploration and discussion of connections between personal, cultural and community identity in Scarborough.
What they aren’t talking about…in Pakistan, 2012
Ink on paper.
The Circus, 2012
Digital media. Ink on paper.
The concept for The Circus derived from the media coverage surrounding the shooting that occurred on Danzig Street in Scarborough in July 2012. During a neighborhood block party amongst families and friends, a few gunmen showed up and opened fire. This resulted in the death of two innocent bystanders and the injury of others, including a young child. The media, unable to resist the retelling of such a juicy story, canvassed the neighborhood folks. Many reporters stopped at nothing, by contacting residents via Twitter and Facebook and pointing their cameras in people’s faces as they grieved. The City of Toronto went as far as to offer media training to the Scarborough residents to ensure their message remained protected and kept in context, which suggests the viciousness of the media in their quest for their story.
The Circus is an ode to the media frenzy that ensued the shooting on Danzig St., but at its core it serves as a reminder that media reports are framed in such a way desired by the outlet. They want to sell you their story, but not everything should be believed. The men who resorted to gun violence that night are not representative of the entire community.
Cat’s Cradle, 2013
This installation was inspired by the string figure game Cat’s cradle. It is a reminder of childhood, played frequently in schoolyards at recess, both an accessible and a universal game that requires little instruction. However, players quickly learn that the game is never-ending; the figures repeat in an endless loop, appearing and reappearing as the players move through the steps. Yet, the appeal of Cat’s cradle is never lost; it serves as a place of interaction and connection, especially useful in the globalized world we face today.
In a swath of mylar planes, Crystalline reflects on the delicate nature of movement, rhythm, and suspension. Resting on the brink of accessibility, the structure offers both a fragile curtain and the physical barrier of a wall. It is a reminder of the complexity of travel: sometimes seamless and privileged, other times juvenile and chaotic.
B + B = B, 2012
1. cop·y noun /?käp?/
1. A thing made to be similar or identical to another
This is a sculpture project on the theme of “Original Copy”. I was searching for things that are truly original, and is a copy at the same time. My inspiration came from blood. The idea was that all of us are a “Original Copy”. We are products of Originals (our parents) and we are a copy of them. We have the same DNA that we can find in our parents, but at the same time we still possess our own that can be copied to our offspring. The name comes from the blood type of my parents. Both of my parents have blood type B, which also gave me a blood type B.
I had a very interesting experience trying to get my blood. I had to go to nine clinics to get my blood out. The first 8 refused to take out my blood because I was not trained to handle blood. I found it interesting that I had no authority over my body. Fortunately, a nurse at the ninth clinic agreed to take out my blood as long as I kept it a secret from her doctor.
This was an assignment in photography class that focused on the topic of self-portrait.
On the day I was given this assignment, I was walking around the school and happened to hear people talking in the cafeteria. I heard one of the student say, “There are too many asian kids at this school, and I can’t tell the difference between classmates.” This comment made me think about my presence, and how I appear as an individual at this school to the people that I don’t know, and decided to pursue my work with this theme.
The five images contain a yellow ball walking around the school. The reason why the yellow ball was used is that it has no special features to distinguish it self other than its color and general shape. We just look at it as a ball, and nothing else. Just like the ball, to them I have no special features; I’m just a “yellow ball”.
Canadian Yuan, 2011
Six Canadian coins, Bondo, paint, painted MDF stand
In Canadian Yuan, I used six Canadian coins as the basis for a new currency. The head side of Canadian coins, which has the image of the Queen’s portrait, was replaced with the bauhinia flower of the Hong Kong coins. The coin as an object references money trades and currency exchanges between the two countries but importantly, the resulting hybridized currency reflects my own hybridized identity: a confluence of cultures which shaped me as I moved back and forth between Canada and Hong Kong, being educated in various systems – Japanese, British, Canadian and Hong Kong.
Stone Beaver, 2011
Bondo, plaster, paint
Stone Beaver is a two piece sculpture that hybrids the Canadian national symbol, beavers, with the stone lions from the Chinese culture. Both are installed side by side at the same height.