As a writer and photographer I travel between my life in Toronto, my life in Antigua, and anywhere else my wanderings may take me ... writing my books and enjoying local arts and adventures along the way.

Did You Miss This Exhibit at Nuit Blanche? Part I: Etobicoke School of the Arts

Etobicoke School of the Arts Exhibit at Board of Directors Gallery

The depth of skill and insight in the works of these young artists was inspiring. I spoke to two of them to learn about their work before the excitement and activity of the Nuit Blanche show started.

Alex's work connected with people.

Alex's work was accessible and engaging, yet also nuanced.

Alex Rovetti

Alex Rovetti’s told me that her painting “Greg” is named after the father of her friend from a previous high school. It is no simple portrait. Instead the painting is a study of the entire environment surrounding the father as interpreted from a photo found in the father’s yearbook.   Alex has found that the strong responses to her work have encouraged her and that the responses themselves have intrigued her. Frequent present in the gallery during pre-Nuit Blanche showings, she often overheard snippets of conversation from people believing they recognized someone they knew, or recognized a celebrity, or who were reminded of someone. This was despite the fact that the friend lives in far away from Toronto in BC where the high school yearbook photo was taken back in 1988. Nevertheless the conversations would drift around the subject of how those people are up to, what ever became of so and so, perhaps even making light-hearted fun of some, or recounting the occasionally tragic stories of others. In short, the piece seemed to generate the same response as a yearbook.

Alex’s work conveyed a solid sense of her own style and perspective. While she managed to imbue her subjects with a surprisingly diverse range of characters, they were all united by a lighthearted tendency towards quirky faces with interesting emotions … all slightly unique. This commonality gave the piece an undeniable stamp of Alex’s perspective as an artist.

Alex is looking forward to continuing her work in painting, as well as also looking forward to experimenting with photography and film.

Margaux Smith

Margaux's work conveyed insight into the fluidity of a lucid dream

Margaux's work conveyed insight into the fluidity of a lucid dream

Margaux described her untitled work to me as something of a lucid dream in black and white. “It’s an ongoing project of mine” she said; “invented worlds, communities, and landscapes”. What she called her invented drawings she told me were born from her interest in the process of lucid dreaming.

She described her exhibited piece as showing fluidity. The piece had striking black and white contrast but had no discernible beginning in terms of what draws the eye’s focus, and in the same way it had no discernible end. The eye takes in the piece in one continuous motion … which is the same way that she painted it. The piece maintains this fluidity through continuity of tone as well as by a clever manipulation of perspective. In this depiction of a lucid dream she eliminates negative space by architecting her “invented community” so that it sometimes follows lines defined by adjacent structures, and sometimes follows the laws of real-world perspective.  In addition to the process of lucid dreaming which continues to hold fascination for her, she is also influenced by magic realism in literature such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Nobel prize winning work One Hundred Years of Solitude and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Her work is a compelling synthesis of these and other influences.

Matthew Varey

Teacher Mattew Varey in the center helped guide the students through this exhibit as an excursion into the world of galleries and patrons.

Teacher Mattew Varey in the center helped guide the students through this exhibit as an excursion into the world of galleries and patrons.

On hand to supervise the exhibit was Matthew Varey, who recounted to me some of the successes that these student shows have had in the past. Very impressive accomplishments for artists at any level. This exhibit of student’s work for Nuit Blanche was curated and organized by Matthew along with another instructor Heather Raymont. Together they instruct this extremely successful program at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. Matthew is himself a recognized artist with an exhibit currently on display during Toronto’s 2009 Nuit Blanche. The exhibit called “Modern Documentation Series” can be found at the AGO Art Rental + Sales Gallery on 481 University Avenue.

The Board of Directors gallery where instructors Matthew Varey and Heather Raymont currated an exhibit of works from students of the Etobicoke School of the Arts

The Board of Directors gallery where instructors Matthew Varey and Heather Raymont currated an exhibit of works from students of the Etobicoke School of the Arts

Related Posts with Thumbnails
If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

4 comments on “Did You Miss this at Nuit Blanche? Part I: Etobicoke School of the Arts

  1. Khadija on said:

    Completely missed this whole Nuit Blanche!

    [Reply]

    AndyEWilliams Reply:

    Sorry you missed it Khadija … hopefully it will be even bigger and better next year.

    [Reply]

  2. Khadija on said:

    Thank you Andy! Hope so too.

    [Reply]

  3. There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

    [Reply]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*


*

HTML tags are not allowed.