Visiting Artists 2019-2020

Kotama Bouabane Meaghan Hyckie Luke Painter Annie Wong
Kotama Bouabane, 'Stereo', 2020, colour lithograph on Inbe Extra Thick paper, edition of 12, 9.75" x 8.25". Printed by Pudy Tong under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency Program, 2019-20.

Kotama Bouabane

Kotama states the following about his practice:

The research that drives my artistic endeavors explores the relationship between image and object through an experimental ethnographic approach. The history and conventions of the photographic medium itself contributes to how I am able to study, subvert and challenge issues of representation, identity and place.

These ideas are not fixed, frozen in time but instead constantly moving and in flux. Within my practice, I exploit the tension between the real and the imagined, truth versus fiction and the illusion of space in and out side of the photographic frame.

Kotama Bouabane is a Laotian born artist and educator. He is a sessional instructor in Photography at OCAD University and holds an MFA in Studio Arts in Photography from Concordia University.
He has shown extensively throughout Canada in notable galleries including Centre A, Vu Photo, Contemporary Calgary, Parisian Laundry and Gallery TPW.

His work has been published in Prefix Photo, Art Papers, Ciel Variable and most recently contributed to The Making of An Archive, initiated by artist Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn. Bouabane has received funding through the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Art. He is currently the Co-President of the Board of Directors at Gallery 44 Centre For Contemporary Photography.

Meaghan Hyckie, 'Rises 1', screenprint, 2020, edition of 3, 43" x 29". Printed by Jessica Palmer under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency Program, 2019-20.

Meaghan Hyckie

Meaghan Hyckie is a Toronto-based visual artist. Her work is about space: how to represent it and what it feels like to be in it.

Meaghan Hyckie has been a resident at Vermont Studio Centre, the Banff Centre, and was a 2018 Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence. Her work has been supported by the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Meaghan Hyckie is represented by Olga Korper Gallery.

Luke Painter, 'Ding / Dong', 2020, screenprint, edition of 15, 14" x 10". Printed by Miles Ingrassia under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency Program, 2019-20.

Luke Painter

Luke Painter is an artist and professor working in Toronto. Recent exhibitions of his work include: Modern Wand at Cambridge Galleries (solo 2017) and Ways of Something at the Whitney Museum of American Art (group 2016). Luke has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

Painter states the following about his practice:

As a practicing artist, drawing has been at the core of my work and an important way of researching art and design movements, technology and contemporary life. Through the physical act of drawing, I look for formal, historical and tangential connections between images as a method to highlight and rework them for the purpose of reflection.

Annie Wong, '一百鬼 / 100 Ghosts', 2020, screenprint, joss paper (also known as spirit money) and muslin. Printed by Meggan Winsley under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency Program, 2019-20.

Annie Wong

Annie Wong is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. Her work uses various platforms of participation, social engagement, and collaboration to explore the intersections of the poetic and political in everyday life. Conceptually diverse, her recent works focus on spaces for feminist anger and rituals of ancestral remembrance in the Chinese-Canadian diaspora. 

Wong’s work has been presented by the Gardiner Museum, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Third Space Gallery (Saint John, NB), among others. Recent writing has appeared in the Minnesota Review, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Art; and Canadian Art. She holds a MA in Communication and Culture and a BA in English Literature from York University.