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Farihah Shah at Studio Sixty Six

Farihah Shah, Untitled 1, Cityscapes III

Farihah Shah, Untitled 1, Cityscapes III

If you are in Ottawa this month, stop by Studio Sixty Six to see new work by Photo alumna Farihah Shah!

IN·HABIT | on now until  June 30
Studio Sixty Six, 66 Muriel St #202, Ottawa, ON K1S 4E1

JOYCE CRAGOMARISA GALLEMITKELSEY MCGRUERTROY MOTH & FARIHAH SHAH
Text by Rose Ekins, Curator

From the interior of our homes to the expanses of the planet, the spaces humans inhabit shape much of our lives, and, in turn, have been massively affected by our presence. In·habit (June 8 – June 30) explores the broad range of this topic from the dichotomy between industrialization and nature, to the various items we discard into the world, and those we can’t seem to release from our personal collections.

Joyce Crago’s work continues along the theme of the Flotsam series, wherein the artist shaped discarded refuse into elaborate and intricate still-life photographs. For In·habit Crago visited Washington, D.C. and collected discarded items from both the inauguration of President Trump and the subsequent Women’s March on Washington. While Crago’s works tell a narrative of the historical events they reference (and the current political climate in North America), they also reveal the intriguing stories that are left behind in our waste.

Marisa Gallemit tackles this theme with mixed-media sculptural work created from objects accumulated over decades of life. As the artist finds their life undergoing a massive shift, Gallemit transforms accrued and often unneeded objects (such as cowhide from family in the Philippines and old bike tube valves) into concise and measured works of art.

Kelsey McGruer incorporates traditional floral patterns into her framed collages. The artist mixes source material of various origins and texture – from old pillow fabrics to reproduction prints from second-hand stores. Reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts movement, the work references the trend of decorating the home with scenes of nature. The patterns themselves inspire a sense of nostalgia, immediately offset by their clean, contemporary presentation.

Troy Moth’s photo-based artwork from the series Nature Merchant tells the story of a future dystopian society wherein the sole remaining form of currency is nature itself. Moth’s monochromatic images of Earth’s few remaining humans are stark, telling a story that forces the viewer to consider how our present (and ultimately finite) natural environments are used for commercial profit.

The layered photographic images of Farihah Shah juxtapose urban and natural landscapes. From the series Cityscape III, Shah combines scenes of varying locations, calling to mind the intervention and destruction of nature for our urban environments, while also recognizing the statuesque beauty of man made city structures. Shah’s work is subtle – the overlapping of images invites the viewer in to discover layer under layer.

Crago, Gallemit, McGruer, Moth and Shah explore the various environments we inhabit – reflecting their (and our) ever changing natures.

 

Bloom Magazine has arrived!

The  Womenfolk (WMNFLK) Collective, a dynamic team which includes Photo alumni Lana Missen (Director of Marketing), has launched Bloom Magazine!  Bloom is a new exciting magazine that celebrates the creativity and diversity of woman-identified artists and artists in the Toronto area.   Pick up your copy today and see what Betty Julian and Ilene Sova have to say!  Then flip through to check out the work of OCAD U Photo alumni Farihah Shah, Kelsey Whyte and Mara Gajic!  Start following Bloom on Instagram and reach out to the team to get your own copy of issue #1!

The WMNFK collective celebrating the launch of Bloom Magazine!

The WMNFK collective celebrating the launch of Bloom Magazine at Glad Day Bookstore!

Some words about Bloom by WMNFK: 

Our aim is to produce “Bloom”, a publication to showcase the growth and achievements of women in the Toronto arts industry. By focusing on subjects of empowerment and resilience and community, the magazine will:

provide a space to celebrate women in the arts
provide a source of inspiration to fellow women in the arts industry
and foster an artistic community of united women

“Bloom” will be a publication that acts in service to all artists and arts workers who identify as women. Through artist profiles, interviews, and creative submissions such as creative writings and artworks, we will both seek out and encourage a diverse range of Toronto artists at all levels of their careers to be participants within this publication.

We believe that by collectively sharing our stories, perspectives, and journeys with each other, we can create engagement and unity with the community of Toronto. Knowledge sharing is empowerment, and we aim to be the catalyst to this.

Artist Farihah Shah at the Bloom launch

Artist Farihah Shah at the Bloom launch

 

 

Napier, OCAD and Ryerson Universities collaborate:

Photo by Ava Cochrane, A Chair for My Mother, 2017

Photo by Ava Cochrane, A Chair for My Mother, 2017

Please join us on International Women’s day, Wed, March 8th, from 5-7pm for the opening of the Gender & The Lens exhibition at:

Ada Slaight Student Gallery, OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, 2nd floor (North side)
Wheelchair accessible

Artists Include: Maddie AlexanderYuling ChenClea Christakos-GeeAva CochraneMara Gajic, Antonio GiacchettiRaelene GiffinAshley HiltzJesse King,  Morgan Sears WilliamsMichael SeleskiFarihah ShahAlia Youssef Curated by Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel

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L to R:  Farihah Shah, Laden Hands, 2017, Michael Seleski, Spectrum, 2016, Alia Youssef, Rayhanah, 2016

The exhibit runs from Mon, March 6 to Sat, March 11 and showcases artworks by feminist-minded students and recent graduates from Ryerson and OCAD University whose artwork explores themes of gender through lens-based mediums.  Within this installation is a slideshow entitled When The Light Shifts, by members of WildFires: Women Photographers Network in Scotland.  This initiative is part of an  ongoing series of research and networking events  between Napier (Edinburgh) University,  Ryerson University and OCAD University that focus on gender and photography.  

Photos left to right: Ashley Hiltz, selections from A Woman's Guide manual, 2016, Clea Christakos-Gee, Alexandra Rose, 2016

L to R: Ashley Hiltz, selection from A Woman’s Guide manual, 2016, Clea Christakos-Gee, Alexandra Rose, 2016

In Fall 2016, a collaboration was formed through faculty members Mary-Ann Kennedy (Napier University), Jennifer Long (OCAD University), Katherine Parhar (Napier University) and Clare Samuel (Ryerson & OCAD University). With a focus on research and creating networks to explore current trends in gender and photography, we began piloting projects in Edinburgh and Toronto with the goal of sharing information and providing opportunities for art creation and dialogue.  The Gender & The Lens exhibition is the first public presentation of this network and in May 2017, we begin our first collaborative project, Create & Converse.  This research hub will be an online platform dedicated to artworks and dialogue by lens-based artists exploring themes related to gender.

Photos left to right: Yuling Chen, still from Adios, Catalonia, 2016, Morgan Sears Williams, still from Stop, 2017

L to R : Yuling Chen, still from Adios, Catalonia, 2016, Morgan Sears Williams, still from Stop, 2017

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L to R:  Raelene Giffin, Gatherer, 2016, Mara Gajic, Untitled, from The Room series, 2014

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Maddie Alexander, Antonio Giacchetti, & Jesse King, still from Interaction, 2016

 

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Farihah Shah – Timeraiser 150

Farihah Shah, P8, Prefix series, 2016

Farihah Shah, Untitled (P8), Prefix series, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2016 PHOTO ALUMNI  FARIHAH SHAH FOR BEING SELECTED FOR TIMERAISER 150!

What is Timeraiser?

Timeraiser is a party for social good, supporting artists and nonprofits. Here’s your chance to kickstart your art collection by giving back to your community. Bid volunteer time, not dollars, for original art by emerging Canadian artists. Bidding starts at 25 hours and maxes out at 100 hours. If a piece you love reaches 100 hours, anyone can match that bid and we’ll draw a winner at random from the 100-hour bids once the auction ends.  If you win, you have one year to finish volunteer hours and claim your piece of art. The best part? Volunteer with any nonprofit(s) you choose! Download the Timetracker app to keep track of all your volunteer hours and send them directly to us!

Timeraiser150 Toronto pulls out all the stops to throw a great party – from live performances to delicious local food and drink!

Wed, May 24th,  7:30 p.m. Doors open at The Power Plant
8:30-9:30 p.m. Art auction
Live band
12:00 a.m. Last call

This event sells out every year. Don’t miss out and get your tickets early!
Timeraiser150 is a Canada 150 Signature Project supporting emerging Canadian artists and nonprofit organizations.

Alumni Farihah Shah’s work included in OSA exhibit

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Congratulations to 2016 Photo Alumni Farihah Shah for being included in the OSA 2016 Emerging Artist Show!

The Ontario Society of Artists is excited to announce the 2016 Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition. This year’s exhibition is showcasing an amazingly diverse range of artworks including sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, and even a motorized installation. The OSA Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition is held every other year and is for artists with fewer than five years of professional experience.

 The exhibition continues until October 23, 2016 at the Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke.

 To learn more about the OSA, please visit their website: http://ontariosocietyofartists.org/

NEW CENTURY Exhibition

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ART CAMP Exhibition: Oct 22nd

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ART CAMP Exhibition at Ryerson Artscape:
October 22nd – November 15th, 2015
Opening Reception: October 22nd, 7 – 10pm

An exhibition exploring our contemporary understanding of reality from the context of the physical and digital spaces that collectively constitute our world.

Featuring work from 13 Ryerson + OCAD U photography students & alumni:
Andrea Chartrand ● Mauricio Estrada ● Abigail Lomboy ● Antonio Giacchetti ● Jesse Marcelo Sarkis ● Allison Morris ● Manuela Morales ● Hilary Riem ● Camille Rojas ● Evan Roy ● Farihah Shah ● Morgan Sears-Williams ● Cassandera Xavier

Part of the first ART CAMP Residency in collaboration with OCAD U & Ryerson University that took place at the Ryerson Artspace from May – October 2015.  Art Camp brings together 13 students from OCAD U’s Photography department and Ryerson’s School of Image Arts to collaborate on community building and art creation.  The ART CAMP Residency was founded by  Robyn Cumming, Marc Losier & Jennifer Long.

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Ryerson Artspace 
1214 Queen St. West
(416)-538-3100 

Media Contact: ryersonartspace@gmail.com

Gallery Hours:
Thursday – Friday: 1 – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12 – 5pm

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