bREAL is a multi-media art + design studio lead by landscape artists/ architects Barbara Flanagan-Eguchi and Real Eguchi. We work collaboratively with a variety of other artists and as a result, a wide spectrum of visual art and design media is explored in our studio. We enjoy making. In our work we explore our immediate living environment and embrace the wellness, beauty and real joy that results from our intimate and visceral engagement with the landscape within which we live. We create works that hopefully enhance eco-revelatory experiences within others…art that encourages us to live within each moment…art that encourages us to be real. We explore a sustainable form of beauty. This opens us to Sustainable Joy!
Ashley Johnson was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and studied fine arts at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He trained in traditional artistic disciplines like drawing, painting and sculpture but in practice his installations combine strategies and often include sound. In 1992 he co-founded DASART, an artists’ collective that strives to rethink the connection between humanity and environment. Dasart was active from 1992 until 2002, with many national and international installations in public galleries and museums. He relocated to Toronto in 2005 where he was represented by Headbones Gallery. He has shown his Primal Series of paintings that challenge cultural taboos and seek the animal in our psyche. His current work explores the human/animal intersection in monumental paintings with ambient soundtracks.
David Hlynsky attended Ohio State University during the 1960’s and graduated with a BFA in painting and fine art. His main interest then was photography and in 1971, he accepted an offer to work at the Coach House Press in Toronto as a graphic illustrator and editor of the magazine, image nation. It was there that he became deeply connected with the art, music, performance and literary communities in Canada. He has worked in a very wide range of practices from holography and graphic design to photojournalism and alternative theatre. He has had countless publications and exhibitions internationally. He has won numerous grants and awards and has acted as an arts consultant at all levels of government. He is a published writer of both fictional works and critical essays. He has taught at four major educational institutions around Toronto and currently holds a permanent, full-time position as Senior Lecturer in Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.
Gladstone Grow Op: Exploring landscape and place, is a four-day event that celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape and place across a broad range of creative practices. Grow Op will explore new territories and uncover new ways of expression and meaning through projects that represent a wide range of approaches from the prosaic to the poetic, the elemental to the ephemeral.
April 25 – 28, 2013