Rebecca Ladds is a currently in her final thesis year at OCADU. Her interest in history informs her current work that are completed in carbon pencil and ink on paper. By combining techniques of heavy baroque figuration with intricate and detailed ornamentation in ink, she explores the dualities that exist between historical warfare artifacts and narratives and their effect on the contemporary body. As she moves forward in her explorations, she has begun to come to terms with the historical identity of Canada, and where she finds herself within it.
Kat Gomboc is a goofy, lanky thesis student at OCADU studying Drawing and Painting. She finds inspiration in the shared human experience, which has most recently manifested itself in an interest in mythology where she explores its impact on contemporary culture and the rift between fact and fiction. She applies this subject matter to conceptually appropriate mediums such as oil painting, intaglio, and book-making. In her practice, she strives above all else to create approachable, accessible work.
Gomboc and Ladds discovered shared artistic passions after meeting in Florence, Italy where they spent a year studying Fine Art through Toronto’s OCAD University. Here they became engulfed in a sea of inspiration surrounded by the Renaissance’s ornamentation, architecture, and the rich history that accompanies it. Upon returning to Canada, they were confronted with a new perspective on the very contemporary city of Toronto, and its own historical identity.
Common ground between Florentine artwork and contemporary illustration manifests itself in this installation through the use of black ink on white walls. Gomboc and Ladds create bold graphic images with intricately detailed line-work as an ode to the interior aesthetic of Renaissance building while hinting at influences like intaglio, tattoo, and cartoons. Subtly they place Toronto signifiers among this imagery, inviting the viewer to uncover them as they scan the space.
The Gladstone compliments this installation perfectly, as it represents a beacon of historic Victorian architecture in the middle of a booming modernized city. The installation parallels this juxtaposition, and harmonizing a classic aesthetic with their own contemporary practices informs their unique approach to the upcoming installation.
IWCT is an experiential illustration event that will be on public display at the Gladstone Hotel from March 6–30, 2014.
Curated by Leila Courey, IWCT is a juried exhibition of experiential illustration that features work by emerging and established artists. Selected projects use illustration—or other art forms related to it—to occupy or alter the hotel’s 2nd floor gallery and public spaces, in dramatic, conceptual, and experimental ways.
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