Issue 2 Contributors
Angel Callander is a writer and art historian from the Niagara region, currently living in Toronto. She recently completed her M.A. Kunst- und Bildgeschichte (Art History and Visual Culture) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She completed her B.A. in Art History and German Studies at the University of Guelph, and studied abroad at the Universität Konstanz with a scholarship from the Baden Württemberg Foundation in 2014. Her work crosses between academic, institutional, and independent settings using the mediums of writing and curating. She has contributed work to panels and publications relating to topics such as posthumanism, internet art genealogies, performance art, and machine subjectivity. Her work touches on many themes that appear disparate at first, exposing instead their interconnectedness. She is primarily interested in charting the paths between abjection, domination, cybernetics, posthumanism, surveillance politics, materialist feminism, post-colonial and architectural theory.
Laura Demers is a visual artist and writer who grew up in a rural area east of Ottawa, and currently
lives and works in Toronto. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Ottawa in 2015, and
completed an M.A. in Art History and Theory at the University of Toronto in 2017. Her work has been
shown in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, and she has participated in residencies abroad. She will be
facilitating and participating in the Roundtable Residency as a writer-in-residence in the summer of
2018. Having worked at museum institutions throughout the province, Demers continues to volunteer
her time at local artist-run centers such as Open Studio. She is compelled by the legacy of utopian
architectures, media theory, and ideas of self-preservation. Despite her background in painting, her
current practice and interests manifest themselves in writing, drawing, and digital and print media.
Fehn Foss is an artist and writer whose practice looks into the process of making and how larger political themes can be expressed through personal, quotidian gestures. Foss takes interest in capturing daily routines, the quiet aches that can lie underneath. In her writing, Foss tries to extricate the words from her gut without too much interference from misgivings and anxieties. Her work is painfully honest and introspective with moments of humour knit in between. In July 2018, she published her first collection of poems with Toronto independent publisher, Successful Press. Foss lives and works in Hamilton and Toronto, Canada. In 2017, she was the recipient of the First Edition Photo Book Award from the Ryerson Image Arts program and in 2016, the SF Award in Photography. She holds a BFA in Photography from Ryerson University (2018). She has exhibited works in Hamilton, Toronto, and Montreal.
Olivia di gregorio
Olivia Di Gregorio is an emerging Canadian artist and illustrator who describes images complimentary to the philosophical Passions within a romantic context. She visits concepts about femininity, softness, and melancholy in her oil painted subjects, reimaging painting as a way to translate the weight of a sigh, and moments of elation. She explores relationships between poetry and painting using light and colour, endeavouring to make room for a visual escape, and understanding. Having currently won two awards from Creative Quarterly, Di Gregorio is currently finishing her bachelors in Design at OCAD U, and works from her studio in Newmarket, Ontario.
Katie Lawson is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies Curatorial program at the University of Toronto, where she previously completed her Master of Arts in Art History. A researcher, curator and art educator, Lawson is the Art Editor for the Hart House Review and an advisory board member for Critical Distance Centre for Curators. She has lectured and participated in programming with Images Festival, The Gladstone Hotel, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and Universities throughout Ontario. She has curated exhibitions at Y+ Contemporary, Scarborough; RYMD, Reykjavik; the Art Museum, Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
Alex Murphy is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist. Born and raised in a rural community in south western, Nova Scotia, he moved to Toronto, Ontario in his mid 20s, where he currently lives and practices. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University, where he graduated with distinction. He was awarded the Frances Lea Ziegler Scholarship for research conducted and work created during a year in Italy, as part of OCAD University’s Florence Study Abroad program. This work was presented in his first solo exhibition at Pallas Projects Gallery, in Dublin, Ireland. Murphy has also exhibited in a variety of group shows in both Italy and Canada, and his works held in
private collections in these three countries. Additionally, Murphy holds Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture degrees from Dalhousie University. Only wanting to be an artist as a child and youth, familial circumstances and pressures redirected him towards the creative discipline of architecture. It was during these studies that he began investigating and reconsidering physical and social environments, their boundaries, and the individuals and communities that are served by or excluded from them. His art practice is greatly informed by this previous education, and continues to evolve around themes of space, memory, difference and displacement.
Miles Rufelds is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Toronto. He received his BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2015, and is presently completing his Master of Visual Studies in studio art at the University of Toronto. Working across a range of image-, object-, and text-based media, Rufelds’ research-based practice employs subtle or absurd artistic interventions to think through the late capitalist world’s towering perversity. He’s taken part in solo and group exhibitions nationally, screened his videos internationally, delivered academic and performative lectures across Ontario, and had his art and writing featured in publications such as Art Reveal Magazine, LandEscape Contemporary Art Review, and Graphite Publications.
Nicholas Silvani is an emerging Toronto based artist working primarily in the areas of drawing, collage, and video. He completed his undergraduate degree from the Studio Art Program at the University of Guelph and recently moved to Toronto where he works out of his studio in the historic Coffin Factory Building. Lately, he has started a small curating project called This Month Only Artspace, the project aims to show emerging artists and offer an alternative to the typical gallery scene in Toronto. His most recent body of work is a collage series that deals with our relationship to memory and the way we build and navigate the world of images around us.
Nadine Simec is a practicing Canadian artist that has recently graduated from the University of Waterloo for Fine Arts. Although she likes to create work in a variety of mediums, she is currently focusing on fibre arts and specifically embroidery. Nadine has spent her whole life growing up in rural Ontario and takes in her natural surroundings as inspiration for her artwork. She hopes to inspire wonder and contemplation through her work by creating fibre art in a contemporary manner.
Maria Simmons is an emerging artist from Hamilton, Ontario specializing in textiles and natural dyes. She graduated from McMaster University with a BFA and is an active member of the Hamilton Audio Visual Node. Simmons takes inspiration from myth, superstition, and the body. Process is integral to her work, as the plants she chooses for the dyes often add to the larger context of the piece. She researches the significance, (cultural, historical, and medicinal), of the plants involved and select them for both their meanings and their colours. Simmons aims to evoke simultaneous feelings of wonder and perturbation, as though the viewer is witnessing the creation of a new myth. When faced with something that demands the viewer to contribute to the narrative, it brings out the significance of subtle stories in our own lives.
Andrew Testa is an artist and educator originally from Vaughan and temporarily residing in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Currently, he is a Sessional Instructor at Algoma University and has additionally taught as an Assistant Visiting Professor at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and as a Sessional Instructor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. He achieved his MFA and BFA from York University in Toronto, Ontario, and is the recipient of SSHRC and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grants along with numerous awards including the Samuel Sarick Purchase Prize. He has shown in exhibitions across Canada with an upcoming solo exhibition at Martha Street Studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2019. His art practice is concerned with the nature of images—images which at once inscribe a historical continuity between the past and present, as well as index an inevitable sense of loss and drift. Through collecting, storytelling, folding and arranging, his prints begin to reframe and represent fragments of objects into assembled entities, evoking nuanced observations and narratives of an object’s past and its collector’s present.
Phoebe Todd-Parrish is a visual artist and graduate student at the University of Alberta. She is an MFA candidate specializing in printmaking. Originally from Schomberg, Ontario, Phoebe moved to Toronto to complete her undergraduate degree in Visual Arts and English Literature at York University. She went on to complete her MA in English from York University in the spring of 2016, and began her MFA at the University of Alberta in the fall of 2016. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and has received accolades and awards for her creative research such as the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
James Michael Yeboah is a Ghanian-Canadian visual artist born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. For nearly four years, James has shown his work in galleries and various spaces throughout the Toronto area. James’ work mostly touches on issues revolving around the Black community such as mental health, anti-black violence, toxic masculinity, and the difficulties in moving within African spaces while being part of the diaspora. James’ work is a meditation on how he can be a better part of his community and attempts to communicate ways in which he can provide space and listen to those more marginalized than him. It also illustrates a process in which he attempts to better define who and where he is mentally. Over the past two years, James has had two solo shows: When Black Boys Cry and Black Boys Forever. These two shows, as evidenced in their titles, both talk about the dangers of toxic masculinity and the redefining of strength through being vulnerable and emotionally open with one another. These shows were also ways to create a space where the works can communicate with the audience and open a dialogue about Black masculinity and the different ways in which we can decolonize our understanding of it.