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Aaron was introduced to the craft of glassworking in 2002 in Toronto. Taking an intuitive approach in his pursuits, Aaron has always been motivated by new combinations of technique that often result in ‘undiscovered’ objects. These objects begin as questions surrounding our nature, and our evolution according to our environment. Every project is embarked upon with the intent of discovering something new in the material, process, and self.
Aaron has had the honour of being the recipient of the Canada/Bronfman Scholarship, the Niche student award for both sculptural and functional glass, the Daniel Crichton Memorial Award, the Harbourfront Centre scholarship. He shows his work both locally and internationally. He is currently a full-time Artist in Residence at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
We’re challenging the scope of illustration in Toronto and looking for artist submissions from now until THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013.
The Gladstone Hotel seeks expressions of interest for contemporary, experiential projects for its inaugural illustration event, If Walls Could Talk. This group exhibition will take place next March 6–16, 2014 at the historic Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto.
If Walls Could Talk will challenge Canadian and international artists to work outside their traditional practices—to occupy and alter spaces in dramatic, conceptual, or experimental ways. The majority of the site-specific work will be localized on the hotel’s second floor, but we encourage applicants to consider proposing projects for all public spaces throughout the hotel.
We encourage artists to participate independently, in collaboration with a partner, or as a team. Ideal candidates for juried consideration are practitioners who approach their disciplines with a radical personal vision. These artists/designers use illustration—or a practice related to illustration—to converse, connect, collaborate, and construct. Successful projects will create delight in the unexpected.
Curated by Leila Courey
Diti Katona: founding partner and creative director, Concrete Design
Gary Taxali: fine artist and illustrator
Jason Logan: author, illustrator, designer, and creative director of Rogers Publishing
Mikey Richardson: co-owner and creative director, AmoebaCorp
Paul Dallas: chair of Illustration, OCAD University
Virginia Johnson: illustrator, textile designer, and owner of Virginia Johnson Lifestyle
Zak Mroueh: president, executive creative director and founder, Zulu Alpha Kilo
Download the full Call for Submissions here
We are really excited about hosting a retro mini-skateboard silent auction of rolling artworks by local artists in support of the Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF), the world’s only skateboard and street art design themed high school program. Be sure to stop by on April 19th and support this great cause.
Students had the opportunity to teach high profile Toronto artists how to build skateboards by hand. In turn, students then got to collaborate with their artist mentor on a graphic for the board. Typically, OSF students are teenagers who have struggled to connect with high school but through this program, focused on creative and entrepreneurial learning with ‘real world’ results, they have seen incredible success. Local artist mentorships of students built on that success, exposing students to adult role models who work in the arts while giving them an opportunity to show off their final project in a proper gallery. All proceeds from the auction go towards expanding OSF’s innovative program of creative project- based learning and social enterprise.
Mentoring artists include: Fiona Smyth, Alex Currie (aka Runt), John Mariott, Zanette Singh, MonsterMeans Mark Byk,
Jimmy Chiale, Christina Zeidler, Laura Wills, Rock, Javid, Trevor Wheatley, Troy Pynn, Lindsay Fisher, Sue Cohen, Giles Monette, Slurg, Hamish, Zen Rankin, Lindsay Fisher, Chris Bennett
Opening reception and silent auction Friday, April 19 7:00-9:00pm. Exhibit runs April 19-21
This month’s pick is by Melissa Crook. Toronto-born Melissa has, since a very young age, been interested in depicting nature with elements of fantasy. Her degree in Design has influenced her art by being able to recognize the effectiveness of simple visual communication. Her highly detailed subjects are often isolated on blank backgrounds, and are inspired by classic literature, the gothic novel and folk tales.
ARTBOMB is a great way to help support local artists. To find out more and to sign-up for the daily auction click here.
Bec Groves’ work will be leaving the Gladstone shortly. Be sure to have a look on your way to the 2nd floor before it does on March 14th. Thank you to our partners at the Ontario Crafts Council for presenting this work!
Bec Groves combines traditional embroidery techniques with contemporary subject matter. This work is a series of hand-sewn illustrations, dedicated to the expression of longing, loss and love. They are influenced by relationships and strive to capture a sense of romance and nostalgia.
The process of hand embroidery brings out attention to detail and creates unique movements in the work. Embroidery merged with the reclaimed materials and elements of colour, texture, and pattern allows Bec to design and construct these moments in a way that is different from any other medium. Bec received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick in 2009 and has been developing her embroidery skills for the last four years. Bec currently calls Peterborough, Ontario home.
This March Pipe Trouble uses a familiar game to shed some light on the very real exploitation of natural gas. Timed with release of the anticipated documentary film Trouble in the Peace about one farmers unique course of action against Big Oil & Gas, Pipe Trouble takes a tongue-and-cheek approach to unfolding the issues at stake.
This arcade classic will be in the Gladstone lobby from February 28 – March 9. Be sure to stop by for a quick game and some education.
This March Gladstone exhibitions intern Laura Warren-Causton curates her first exhibition, Intimate Immensity: Spaces We Inhabit, which presents the work of four Alberta-based artists, each of whom reveals a significant aspect about how we occupy and experience space, both physically and psychologically.
Below is her interview with one of the featured artists, Ryan Wolters. Be sure to visit the exhibit from March 5 – 18 in the 2nd floor gallery.
Laura Warren-Causton You produced hundreds of drawings on the same subject for your MFA exhibition. Tell me about your practice.
Ryan Wolters My drawing work is fairly new. When I began my current work I hadn’t drawn in any serious way for over a decade. My practice had been predominantly Collage with some Digital Printmaking thrown in. I began drawing again during a period of illness and it completely overwhelmed the work I had been making.
The 9×12” drawings are like an abstract diary. At the time of their most fevered production I did at least one a day – often more. As I began to develop larger drawings I found I still needed to make these in order to satisfy some form of burgeoning graphomania
L.W.C How do you feel your work shifts within these works?
R. W I don’t really think about it. I draw so much without looking back over what I’ve produced over long periods of time that it can often feel like nothing is progressing until I look thru the pile. I draw until I feel it is done then I move on to the next one. Most of the 9×12 works are done in one sitting without returning to a single work. I just trust/hope that the practice of drawing naturally progresses. I can’t and won’t plan them out. I want the work to be organic and immediate. I think this immediacy translates to the larger drawings which require multiple sittings by nature.
L.W.C How do you see your work evolving from here?
R. W Again, I don’t spend too much time fretting over it. Other than maybe format and scale I am content to let the work evolve without some kind of arbitrary stratagem. I let the marks happen spontaneously. I view works that inspire me and absorb what interests me. I’m looking at a lot of horror comics from the 70’s right now…
Ryan Wolters is Masters of Fine Art graduate from the University of Alberta specializing in Drawing and Intermedia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver in 2004, and holds a diploma in visual art from Camosun College in Victoria. Wolters has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Vancouver Film School and as a Sessional Drawing Instructor for the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. He has previously exhibited his work in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, and at an international printmaking symposium in Bentlage, Germany in 2009. Wolters has held teaching positions, assistantships and research positions at the University of Alberta.
Wolters practice includes drawing, and collage focusing on and fear and neurosis as it relates to the human body.