ROBERT TATE

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I discovered these beautiful pieces by Robert Tate today, He is a Manitoba based artist who was recently shortlisted as a finalist in the 2014 RBC Painting Competition. I really love the simplicity in his work.   

Statement 

My practice can be described as ‘painting with objects’ or ‘painting as installation’. This process is grounded in methods of decoding bits of visual information found in daily life that grab my attention (e.g. patterns in architectural finishing and nondescript spaces found in advertisement, film/video and animation backgrounds). I usually create formal assemblages by experimenting with various materials and techniques and through systems of trial and error, the work evolves from there. Fundamentally, my motivations are grounded in the mystique and transformative possibilities of the art object and its relationship with the viewer.

In a lot of my work, ‘illusions’ occur, which allude to how we envision size, perceive the weight of objects, and lose our sense of direction. These are visceral and vulnerable sensations (like synaesthesia) that are critical to my work, because they remind the viewer of other places where they may have experienced similar responses. At once suggesting other places or worlds through the use of colour, form and a variety materials, I also ensure that this illusion self-destructs into the physical environment, making the viewer aware of their position within this ever-expanding torrent of visual information we all live in.

MERYL MCMASTER

Second Self

Sometimes when I'm on the internet I drop into a wonderful world of goodness today is one of those days. I love the way Meryl plays with 2D & 3D in this series. 

Artist Statement 

Second Self reconsiders identity through portraiture by incorporating drawing and sculpture. Representing the complexities of identity, the drawings and sculptures act like masks or personas to conceal and change the subject’s identity. Persona has come to define the individual for the public while concealing the real person. The mask, then, is like the second self.

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LESLIE HOSSACK

Registered

 Leslie Hossack's next show will be at the Trinity Art Gallery,  Shenkman Arts Centre Ottawa, 
Exhibition will run from  21 Aug. - 23 Sept. | Vernissage: 24 Aug. 1:00 - 3:00 | Artist Panel: 14 Sept. 2:00. If you will be in the Ottawa area you should check it out. 

Artist Statement

Public spaces, changing communities, and familiar items from previous generations fascinate me. I don't live in the past, but I do feel a strong sense of time running through my photographs; I hear a narrative in every series and I see a story in every image. 

I am drawn to iconic structures associated with major events of the last century. In fact, my entire body of work is held together by my interest in monumental structures built to convey status and wield power. I take great interest in researching the history of the locations and events that I explore, and the written descriptions that I compose form an integral part of my artistic practice.

My photographs are interpretive, not documentary. I am fascinated by what an architect creates when putting pencil to paper. My intention is to fashion an image that reveals what I imagine the architect originally designed, minus the chaos and clutter of contemporary life. I feel compelled to deconstruct the buildings - to take them back to the drawing board.

Whether I am photographing an iconic landmark, a massive construction site, or a vanishing community, my work continues to revolve around three major themes: inclusion and exclusion, change and continuity, longing and loss. Often this involves an exploration of the architecture of memory and commemoration - places of memory. But underlying all of this is my insatiable search for meaning and an insistent examination of the singular question of simple human survival.

CERAMIK B

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Atelier Ceramic 

Ceramik B. was founded by in 2007, by a Montreal based ceramicist by the name of Basma Osama. They produce refined porcelain pieces that offers a pure and subdued palette. Their collection of tableware reflects evidence of their love of minimalism where the line and the silhouette are the foremost elements. Each pieces is carefully hand-crafted in an organic form.