TRIAL & ERROR
I don’t think that I make art. For the most part, I make things that you can wear although lately I have been making things on paper, but this is still very new for me. Because I am not trained in any practice, everything I make is a result of trial and error. This means that I do a lot of experimenting, which also means that I waste a lot of materials. Some things work out, most do not. The ratio at which the finished products are “good” or “bad” is not always in my favour, but I continue trying. Sometimes I make fire, but for now, I am content with making smoke.
The grouping of pieces on exhibition here, deal with shapes. Three very basic shapes. Triangle, Circle and Square. The proportions never change and neither do their size, but placement and colour do.
Combined with found, deadstock papers & translucent paints, these screens prints are reminiscent of the days of graphic design before the age of computers. Slightly misaligned, warm in texture and colour; a clean approach to standard forms in a complex world. What more do we need?
Todd was born the year ‘Star Wars” came out which can only be seen as a good omen. Born and raised in Ajax, On., you wouldn’t know it by the skill and intellect of his work that he did not attend a formal art school. He is a self-taught professional screen printer and graphic designer and one time owner of the clothing line Equinox Forward which we hope to see new prints in the future. He is currently the graphic designer and textile printer for HOI BO and has remained an avid DJ and record collector of disco, rare groove, and weirdo house.
Glenn Nakagawa was born in Calgary and raised in London Ontario, where he started painting graffiti in 1995 while attending Beal art. After meeting Duro3 in 1998 and mentoring under his teachings, he became part of the Canada wide KWOTA crew and TDV crew and is known today as one of the best 3-D graffiti artists in Canada.
In 2001 he attended the Digital media arts program at Seneca college to study 3D animation and visual effects. He has done mural and illustration work for Burton Snowboards, GM, Labatts, Budweiser, Corbys, plus various other companies. He currently resides as the lead designer/lead compositor at Bullseye for the past 6 years working on motion graphics and visual effects for CBC, MTV, Discovery channel, National Geographic, History channel and many other networks.
THE SHOPKEEPER’S SOCIETY
Exploring the world of independent stores and shops as well as the people who own and operate them, these pieces focus on the character of the buildings created by worn facades and signage as well as the unique personalities of the shopkeepers.
Kellen Hatanaka is a Toronto based artist and designer. He graduated from OCAD in 2009 with a BDES in illustration. Since then, he has worked as a freelance artist and has been shown in a variety of galleries throughout Toronto. You can also find his work on walls in Toronto, Paris, Barcelona and Lisbon.
Liam Crockard was born in Kitchener, Ontario 1986, and now situates his practice in Toronto, where he received his BFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Over the last two years Crockard has exhibited internationally in Chicago, Los Angeles and Berlin, as well as organized and participated in a number of successful local shows.
Citing the countless examples of jury-rigged constructions he witnessed growing up in his hometown as a main driving force behind his sculptural practice, Crockard uses materially driven gestures to explore the collision of industry-driven-hometown nostalgia and modern art fetishism. Wandering the old neighborhood and flipping through a art textbook have become increasingly similar experiences. Ultimately this conflation of the personal and the referential sits at the core of his practice, be it articulated through collage, video or sculpture.
I remember the first time I tried LSD at the age of 13. It was a small tab of paper with a blue telephone receiver on it. I remember examining the tab and admiring the colors and textures and had no idea what I was in store for. At that moment light sound and colors took a whole new shape and things would never be the same.
I think life and art all follow in that same formula.Trying to break new ground from where old ideas die and then are born .Otherwise they would be forgotten.
I take inspiration from the sights and sounds of nightlife in the city & 60s psychedelia. I see things through a mirrored eye and collect fragments of moment’s I’m living in.I take elements from the past present and future to create something in the moment.Everything is eventually forgotten (history art etc), that’s why most of my work reminds me of a paisley zombie ready for that one last mind blowing trip…
Art is in a time of laziness and shortcuts. Everything is so accessible and user friendly that now almost every single human is a self proclaimed artist, which has pros and cons of its own. I think people need to give more credit to the old ways of creation. Sitting down and doing everything manually and taking your sweet ass time, even if it means loosing your mind in the process. It seems so much more full of substance and authentic when you do it all by hand.No Photoshop or conventional silk-screening equipment, just scissors glue my hands and home made equipment.
Language is always a process of translation: we sift through signs and signifiers believing we can know what the other is saying. however, language can only approximate. language always fails, yet language also gets us close enough to a shared meaning whereby we can work together, understand -if only partially- and get by. Translation from language to language, culture to culture, complicates this process exponentially.
In a time where translation and cross-cultural understanding becomes more and more necessary, online translation tools make this process more difficult since the ubiquity and simplicity of access to tools like google translate mean that we never have to work for our translations, think about how we communicate, think about who is trying to communicate, what they mean, what our understanding of what they say means and ultimately think about what doesn’t get said, what doesn’t get heard, who doesn’t hear and who doesn’t get a chance to speak or clarify their meanings in discussions that don’t get to happen.
Since we already believe we know what’s been said, we don’t question or enter into dialogue with each other.
This project takes the artist statements of the artists in this show and translates them from English to French, to Spanish, to Arabic, to German, Swiss, Farsi, Cantonese etc. and then back into English. The artist statement, presumably a statement of the intent of the artists, their concerns, their backgrounds, and what they are trying to do with the work they are showing, gets distorted in a visible demonstration of the operations that happen automatically on a daily basis.
Rather than show every translation at every step of the process, this project shows only the final translation back into English in order to contrast with the original and to speak to how these processes are unexamined, unquestioned, yet taken for granted as loyal translations of the original.
Dorian Lebreux is a writer, occasional filmmaker and a master’s candidate in Social & Political Thought at York university. Her research interests are intersubjective communication, responsibility and postcolonial melancholia. Previous work includes the Magical Feminist short films ‘3 lives’ and ’69 steps’.
Darcy Obokata was born in London ON ,where he gravitated towards mark making from his early years. His creativity was nurtured and guided through elementary and secondary school, where he completed the Beal vocational art program. Upon the completion of his most thorough and structured art instruction, Darcy took the task of advancing his artist practice himself. Refining his craft in non-conventional ways while working and collaborating with artists throughout Canada, the US, Southeast Asia, Australia and Brazil. It is only through this community of colleagues and compatriots that his art is fully realized.