Open Studio Gallery
Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Colin Miner & Susy Oliveira
Visiting Artist Residency Exhibition: Colin Miner & Susy Oliveira
Opening Reception: Friday, October 19th, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In conjunction with the residency, each artist exhibits the work produced during their period in the Studio. These exhibitions are the result of this intensive work period.
The second of two Visiting Artist Residency exhibitions in 2018 will feature work by artists Colin Miner & Susy Oliveira.
Colin Miner draws from his lithography plate images and moiré patterns to create conversations with cats that have crossed his path while going for walks — catwalks.
The man, who day after day, took pictures of shadows
A while ago that still feels recent, I learned to walk with a cat. We followed many paths, like methodologies, which often offered long waits for things that would not appear.
Alongside, my eyes began looking for birds, an occupation that came naturally. Colour, form, movement, and specific qualities of relations proposed comparisons to be translated through depictions in books.
Familiar with looking for details in contrast to positions of movement, my eyes became disciplined on stillness.
Having trained them to see birds, my eyes turned curious for cats. And so, walking with one cat lead to a lot of walking looking for cats. Previously there appeared not to be many cats
and now, many many cats.
Colin Miner (Canadian/American) works with assemblage, composition, and duration to develop a conversation with the ontological anxiety that shadows photography. Miner is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, recently in the Peruvian Amazonia, and has presented exhibitions in Canada, China, Germany, and the Philippines. He holds an MFA (UBC) and PhD (Western) in Visual Arts and Culture.The artist projects, Moire and Moire’s Catwalk, have become articulations of Miner’s expanding practice.
Susy Oliveira: BeauSoleil
The works in BeauSoleil are meant to look like aged posters that have been forgotten over time.
Four large screenprints act as fictional relics that have existed in a specific place and lived through a specified time. Working from vintage Playgirl centerfolds that were found online, the works explore the lifespan and malleability of an image. The original centerfold images were physical and meant to be handled and lived with. The reproductions found online are low quality and not meant to be reprinted. The final prints are barely there, having been forgotten, they are faded, imbued with the passing of time and degraded by its various states of mediation. Imprinted with the memory of place, they reflect a fictional location and are worn away where the sun would have fallen day after day, decade after decade.
Susy Oliveira is a Toronto based artist working in photography, sculpture and collage. Selected exhibitions include shows at Erin Stump Projects, Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; SAW Gallery, Ottawa; Khyber, Halifax, and PLATFORM, Winnipeg. Susy Oliveira is represented by Erin Stump Projects, Toronto.