ON VEW AT THE BLUFFS GALLERY: ‘Of Moons, Birds and Ruins’


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Of Moons, Birds and Ruins

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

Of Moons, Birds, and Ruins is an exhibition by students in the Studio program at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Exploring themes of temporality, geometry, architecture, and utopia, the show encompasses unique interpretations of these motifs courtesy of the artists.

The pieces presented in this exhibition are deeply meaningful to each of the artists as they reveal an ongoing interior dialogue between them and their surroundings. Based on an intrinsic desire to make a small difference in the current reality we live in, the artists comment upon and depict personal interpretations of temporality, geometry, architecture, and utopia in their own way, encouraging the audience to engage critically with our world.

The exhibition features work that examines heritage through architecture and the effects of the presence or absence these structures have on our lives. Concepts of utopia, explore the idealized spaces that ‘could be’ and the interaction of humans within them. Temporality and geometry are further delved into as criticism is made of current states of affairs, including the treatment of our environment and the protests against governments across the globe over their minimal action towards important matters.

Of Moons, Birds, and Ruins invites its viewers to interact both physically and critically with the artwork and to envision along with the artists, the abundant beauty and the truths that lie around us, only exposed by careful perception and thought.

EXHIBITION DATES:
December 5 – January 22

LOCATION:
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts
1859 Kingston Road
Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3

OPENING RECEPTION:
December 5, 6–8 PM

ARTIST STATEMENTS + BIOS

Chang Chen (Cloris)
Cloris Chen is a Chinese artist who currently lives in Toronto. She is now a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough, double majoring in Studio and New Media. Her work for the past years has engaged subjects as diverse as identity and social, political and culture issues, often referencing her Chinese background. Her work explores the varying relationships between Chinese culture and fine art, all steaming from her personal experience. She has diverse approaches to making art: installations, public, curatorial and web projects, and videos. The contents of her work always have an impact on the work’s relationship to the viewer.

Jiayin Li (Aisha)
Aisha Li, born in Shenzhen, a southern coastal city in China in 1998. Inspired by the developed comprehension in aesthetics, she presents minimalist as the consistent style in each of her works. Aisha enjoyed art and music from an early age, receiving relevant education in Studio and New media programs at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her works explore the intersection between international and Chinese cultures, mainly focus on the space and scenario. During the process, she works actively in a variety of media, including video, wall installation, sculpture, and painting.

Xiongji Li (Philip)
Nature-based photographer, Philip Li, has been honing his skills in transparent photography for past several months. Philip was born in 1996 in China, who is currently majoring in studio and economy at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. The economy is facing rapid development recently, but the ecosystem is getting worse. Philip started to find out that is there any relationship between the economy and ecosystem.  Based on what Philip study at UTSC studio, interactive photo artwork is the key element of his project since 2017. This is why he is now aiming to create more possibilities in presenting or installing photography artwork rather than traditional photo printing and framing.

Yara Matta
Yara Matta is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the intersections between art and the everyday and its connections to time and space. Having grown up in Lebanon and moved to Toronto in 2015, she has pursued her studies in New Media and Studio at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Since then, she has explored cultural themes around globalization, technology and activism and their relationship in an increasingly interconnected world.

Ling Zhang
Ling Zhang is an immigrant from China. She moved to Canada when she was 11 years old. She is a currently studying at University of Toronto with majors in Studio and New media art, and planning to graduate in April 2929 The medium she likes to work with is digital art which includes digital prints, video, photography and animation.

Beenish Shahab
Beenish Shahab is a Pakistani-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, currently studying at the University of Toronto Scarborough, majoring in Studio Arts and New Media Studies. Her work often consists of portrait photography, digital media design, and figurative paintings. Shahab works with the concept of identity, challenging Western ideologies with her perspectives and experiences of South Asian culture.

Hao Yu Wang (Louis)
Hao Yu Wang is an undergrad student at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is studying New Media and Studio. As a young Chinese student, he received a traditional Chinese education along with an independent west way of thinking. His concepts often combine Chinese and western cultures. He also always considers the variability and ductility of different materials to realize his art pieces. In studio he studied painting and drawing successively. But while he designed and produced this project, he found that he was more passionate about sculpture.

Ming Zeng
Ming was born in 1996 in Fuzhou, China. Currently he is a graduating student at UTSC and living in Toronto, Canada. During his high school and college years, he went abroad to study, and that is when he came across the variety of media that is possible to use to create art. He has developed his skills in drawing, crafting and graphic design. However, he is flexible and likes to try out any medium that he feels it is more effective for his project. Among his creations, all of them are associated with many media. He thinks exploring new media is an important way to create art.

Ruiyang Zeng (Agnes)
Agnes Zeng (b.1997) was born in Tianjin, China. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in New Media and Studio at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She started her art path by taking portraits of her Chinese friends for story sharing. Her current work explores the storytelling of the Chinese- Canadian community through her photography and videography practices. Her artwork Far Away which portrays international students living in Canada has been exhibited at the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2018.

Rui Jia (Pamela)
Rui is born in 1998 in China and came to Canada in her adolescent. She is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and she is majoring in New media and Studio. She is interested in the digital art. Most of her artworks are demonstrated through photographs and videos. She also believes that art comes from life. She seeks to put her emotional thoughts and life into her artworks. In this work, she intends to put her own impression toward life and its connection to Japanese art of Kintsugi into a narrative video.

Yanxuan Zeng (Limi)
Yanxuan Zeng was born in 1997 in Hong Kong. She is a 4th year student majoring in Studio Art and Media Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Limi is now based in Toronto and has been exploring the city and its varied culture of art and architecture. Her artworks always focus on photography, drawing and sculpture. Limi currently is exploring lightning projects which combine lights and shadow together in the photographs. She has developed a unique approach in her project, that deals with the destruction and rethink presentation architectural ruins.

Yanxuan Zeng (Limi)
Yanxuan Zeng was born in 1997 in Hong Kong. She is a 4th year student majoring in Studio Art and Media Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Limi is now based in Toronto and has been exploring the city and its varied culture of art and architecture. Her artworks always focus on photography, drawing and sculpture. Limi currently is exploring lightning projects which combine lights and shadow together in the photographs. She has developed a unique approach in her project, that deals with the destruction and rethink presentation architectural ruins.

Aoi Mak
Aoi Mak is a 4th-year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough majoring in Studio and Psychology. The underlying source of creativity and the common theme for her artwork, stems from her personal life experience and history of combating depression and anxiety. At a very early stage in Mak’s adolescence, art became a way for her to express her inner feelings and as a mechanism to help her cope with her mental health. Through her artwork, she hopes to illustrate what depression and anxiety can feel like, while helping those going through these experiences to know that they’re not alone.

Maliha Fazle
Maliha Fazle is a Toronto-based artist pursuing a BA in the Studio program at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. Delving into multiple mediums, drawing, sculpture, installation, and animation, Fazle works with the concept of everyday life and scale. Her work seeks to manipulate her viewers’ perspective of the world by drawing inspiration from artists like Vija Celmins and Robert Therrien in order to accomplish this. Examining the notions of functionality, Fazle is currently experimenting with surreal perspectives.

Yin Li (Vivian)
Vivian was born in Guangzhou in Southeast China in 1998. She moved to Toronto in 2014. She studied various media, including video, photography and graphic design. At university, her research and practice focused on Chinese traditional culture and the relationship between self-awareness and new media trends. Vivian is motivated to learn and grow her skills by traveling around the world and integrating her experience of different cultures into her artwork. She is planning to go to a graduate program in digital media after completing her bachelor’s degree in art.

Sakina Sani
Sakina Sani is a Pakistani-Canadian interdisciplinary artist completing a Specialist in Studio at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her work consists mostly of sculpture and drawing. Recently she has started exploring various ways of designing interior spaces as well as fashion design and the integration of those forms with drawing and sculpting. With her art, she likes to talk about her identity as a student, a female, an immigrant, a Muslim and a person of colour.

Nivedita Sridharan
As an undergraduate majoring in both Biodiversity and Conservation and Studio Art, the artist is passionate about our environment and our species, and wishes to highlight her growing concerns for the future of the natural world. Thus, her art practice often reflects environmental issues and seeks to bring focus to the threats that the natural world is facing. The majority of her artworks focus on species and the various problems threatening animals’ survival such as habitat loss or human encroachment. Sridharan’s education in conservation has allowed her to learn about saving species from a scientific perspective, and art allows her to process and translate her knowledge into various creative forms.

Iori Matsushima
Iori Matsushima is an artist born and raised in Gunma, Japan. After graduating from high school there, she moved to Toronto for university. Though she works with various media, from 2D to 3D, the main focus of her artwork is video and animation. In recent years, she has been exploring the use of digital media and light further by creating video projections often involving interactive installations. Because of her Japanese upbringing, Japanese popular culture is the core source of inspiration for her work. Having a background in computer science and statistics, she also likes to explore themes relating to information and technology in her artwork.

Sara Kei Tawanapoor
Canadian artist Sara Kei Tawanapoor grew up in Costa Rica and has Asian and Mediterranean background. She is graduating from UTSC with a double major in Studio arts and Sociology in 2019. She is an interdisciplinary artist with focuses on digital media, sculpture, and video. She is particularly interested in interactive works and animation pieces which allow viewers to experience a part of the way she sees the world.

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