Mel Coleman is a BAH graduate from the University of Guelph with a Major in Studio Art and a Minor in Art History. Her practice includes the use of collage, painting and printing that results in a balance between generation and destruction. While condemning the excess of society’s material consumption, she reveals the inescapable absurdity of our nature. Her work comments on the perversions and vanity with themes commonly surrounding gender, sex, consumerism, disposability and public media in our current time and prior. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Guelph, Kitchener and Quincy Illinois and was also the recipient of the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation Printmaking Award in 2011.
Mel Coleman’s body of work CONDOSCAPES explores the boom of condominiums in the GTA. These works call into question if the growth of condo’s at this exponential rate is a good idea or destined to crash? Toronto is one of the fastest growing cities in North America with 80-‘o of the growth focusing on condominiums, often from offshore buyers. One must wonder if Toronto is creating a new and improved identity for itself? Or is it demolishing its history to make room for yet another shoebox condo?
//THE ANNUAL// is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual independent contemporary art event, offering an open and fertile ground for engaging and emerging practices. Over the course of four days, //THE ANNUAL// brings together artists, curators, and collectives to present new work and site-specific installations.