Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibition
Colin Miner, Susy Oliveira
October 19, 2018 – November 17, 2018
We are excited to announce our second of two 2017 – 18 Visiting Artists’ (VA) Residency exhibitions featuring work by Colin Miner and Susy Oliveira.
The Visiting Artist Residency Program allows artists to realize a creative project in print media using traditional and experimental methods.
During the residency, VAs work with a collaborative printmaker and are encouraged to explore how print can contribute to, or expand, their artistic practice. The culmination of this exploration results in a dynamic group exhibition.
The man, who day after day, took pictures of shadows
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.
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.
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.