I hope you’ll come see my videos in  INSTIGATOR(S)  at Visual Arts Harbourfront Centre Reception on Friday, June 20, 6-10pmhttp://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/2014/instigators/

I hope you’ll come see my videos in
INSTIGATOR(S)
at Visual Arts Harbourfront Centre
Reception on Friday, June 20, 6-10pm
http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/2014/instigators/

Guest Blogger - Melina Sevilla:
Id     Melina Sevilla     2012
From Intention to Intuition
     There are two types of processes I have followed in my artistic practice in the past: sometimes my work had a clear vision and message, and sometimes I simply wanted to make.
     In both cases I tended to use found materials, objects or footage, as well as appropriating certain images or narratives. During my student career my work fluctuated between the two.
     The ongoing series of sculptures Ids which I started in my third year of school at the art and art history program is an example of the latter. At that point I had been working with suitcases, for which I had a fairly clear intention, and I wanted to step away from that. So I let go of concept and intention and focused on playing and building intuitively and with no plan.
       After a while of working exclusively in that manner though, I felt as if I was working aimlessly and I went back to my usual method of working, using extensive research and a clear goal. However, this time around I was allowing myself to play a little more, to be more cheeky.
       As a part of Lyla’s fourth year sculpture class I worked on a series of luchador masks. I was encouraged to spend more time thinking about and refining the pieces. I asked myself: what kind of small gestures can be physically added to the work in order to push it further? To make it more indulgent? This is where intuition kicked in again, I become more open to suggestions, and realized as my work became more humorous, and more inclusive, that these details were winks to the viewer.
       In my last year, I felt as if my work had grown. Communicating specific messages was no longer my main concern, instead I wanted to explore possibilities, make connections, and ask questions. I had started working on Coyolxuaqui, a series of small sculptures that were very similar to the Ids in their making and aesthetic, but that were also based on photographs that I had collected during my research.
      I realize now that this fluctuation between intention and intuition eventually brought me to a balance, one with which I was able to tackle hard issues without being confrontational, turning my pieces into playful gestures that seek to be taken seriously. 

Guest Blogger - Melina Sevilla:

Id     Melina Sevilla     2012

From Intention to Intuition

     There are two types of processes I have followed in my artistic practice in the past: sometimes my work had a clear vision and message, and sometimes I simply wanted to make.

     In both cases I tended to use found materials, objects or footage, as well as appropriating certain images or narratives. During my student career my work fluctuated between the two.

     The ongoing series of sculptures Ids which I started in my third year of school at the art and art history program is an example of the latter. At that point I had been working with suitcases, for which I had a fairly clear intention, and I wanted to step away from that. So I let go of concept and intention and focused on playing and building intuitively and with no plan.

       After a while of working exclusively in that manner though, I felt as if I was working aimlessly and I went back to my usual method of working, using extensive research and a clear goal. However, this time around I was allowing myself to play a little more, to be more cheeky.

       As a part of Lyla’s fourth year sculpture class I worked on a series of luchador masks. I was encouraged to spend more time thinking about and refining the pieces. I asked myself: what kind of small gestures can be physically added to the work in order to push it further? To make it more indulgent? This is where intuition kicked in again, I become more open to suggestions, and realized as my work became more humorous, and more inclusive, that these details were winks to the viewer.

       In my last year, I felt as if my work had grown. Communicating specific messages was no longer my main concern, instead I wanted to explore possibilities, make connections, and ask questions. I had started working on Coyolxuaqui, a series of small sculptures that were very similar to the Ids in their making and aesthetic, but that were also based on photographs that I had collected during my research.

      I realize now that this fluctuation between intention and intuition eventually brought me to a balance, one with which I was able to tackle hard issues without being confrontational, turning my pieces into playful gestures that seek to be taken seriously. 

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Luchodor         Melina Sevilla          2013

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Coyolxuaqui        Melina Sevilla 2013

For you writers out there:
CURRENT CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Kapsula Magazine 
- a Toronto based (but does that matter?) dedicated to engaged art criticism
http://kapsula.ca/

For you writers out there:

CURRENT CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Kapsula Magazine

- a Toronto based (but does that matter?) dedicated to engaged art criticism

http://kapsula.ca/

This looks like a great opportunity:
We’re hiring! A full time position for a student: Heritage and Community Assistant at Artscape Youngplace
Position Type: Full-Time, Hourly Contract for a Summer Student ($14/hour, 40 hours per week) Location: Toronto – Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street Start Date: Week of May 12, 2014 End Date: August 29, 2014
For more info:
http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/were-hiring-a-full-time-position-for-a-student-heritage-and-community-assistant-at-artscape-youngplace/

This looks like a great opportunity:

We’re hiring! A full time position for a student: Heritage and Community Assistant at Artscape Youngplace

Position Type: Full-Time, Hourly Contract for a Summer Student ($14/hour, 40 hours per week) Location: Toronto – Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street Start Date: Week of May 12, 2014 End Date: August 29, 2014

For more info:

http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/were-hiring-a-full-time-position-for-a-student-heritage-and-community-assistant-at-artscape-youngplace/

Artists ‘have structurally different brains’
Interesting research. They don’t have alot of information yet but it does suggest that training and expertise structurally alter the brain.  It also confirms that making art lights up both hemispheres, debunking the idea of the right and left brain as discrete entities.http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26925271

Artists ‘have structurally different brains’

Interesting research. They don’t have alot of information yet but it does suggest that training and expertise structurally alter the brain.  It also confirms that making art lights up both hemispheres, debunking the idea of the right and left brain as discrete entities.http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26925271

Writing Is Easy?  Artist Statement Intensive with Lyla Rye (4 wks)
@ ARTiculations - 2928 Dundas St West, Toronto
Saturday May 3rd 2014 to Saturday May 31st 2014  
11:00am to 1:00pm
*No class Saturday May 17th
Price: $ 160.00 CAD
Writing is Easy.  Or is it?  Mentor Lyla Rye will give you the help you need to find the words. Writing an effective artist statement can not only help professionally but also enables you to see your art practice with the fresh insight needed to develop it further.
Through a guided process, this 4 week seminar style class will break the task down into a number of steps. Exercises, handouts and examples will give you the tools needed to write articulately about your work.  By the end of the 4 classes you will have a one page artist statement that is in sync with your practice.
For More Info:
http://articulations.ca/workshops/writing-is-easy-artist-statement-intensive-with-lyla-rye/

Writing Is Easy?  Artist Statement Intensive with Lyla Rye (4 wks)

@ ARTiculations - 2928 Dundas St West, Toronto

Saturday May 3rd 2014 to Saturday May 31st 2014  

11:00am to 1:00pm

*No class Saturday May 17th

Price: $ 160.00 CAD

Writing is Easy.  Or is it?  Mentor Lyla Rye will give you the help you need to find the words. Writing an effective artist statement can not only help professionally but also enables you to see your art practice with the fresh insight needed to develop it further.

Through a guided process, this 4 week seminar style class will break the task down into a number of steps. Exercises, handouts and examples will give you the tools needed to write articulately about your work.  By the end of the 4 classes you will have a one page artist statement that is in sync with your practice.

For More Info:

http://articulations.ca/workshops/writing-is-easy-artist-statement-intensive-with-lyla-rye/

ATTENTION ARTISTSWORKING IN TEXTILE, FIBRE and DIGITAL MEDIUMSGladstone Hotel PresentsCALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Hard Twist 9 – Fibre OpticsSeptember 11-December 28, 2014
For more information:  http://www.akimbo.ca/68191

Remember that you can always stretch the definition of what constitutes textiles!

ATTENTION ARTISTS
WORKING IN TEXTILE, FIBRE and DIGITAL MEDIUMS

Gladstone Hotel Presents
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Hard Twist 9 – Fibre Optics
September 11-December 28, 2014

For more information:  http://www.akimbo.ca/68191

Remember that you can always stretch the definition of what constitutes textiles!

A  directed summer mentoring and educational residency for emerging visual artists, independent curators, and new Canadians with professional art training who live beyond the downtown core.** Through a series of facilitated seminars, studio visits, and critiques, participants will have a chance to further their practice, make connections, and develop a body of work for exhibition. YYZ has partnered with Local Arts Service Organizations (LASO) to reach participants and to promote their work within their communities through exhibitions and other public programs.Apply by May 31, 2014 
For more information:
http://www.akimbo.ca/68177

A directed summer mentoring and educational residency for emerging visual artists, independent curators, and new Canadians with professional art training who live beyond the downtown core.** Through a series of facilitated seminars, studio visits, and critiques, participants will have a chance to further their practice, make connections, and develop a body of work for exhibition. YYZ has partnered with Local Arts Service Organizations (LASO) to reach participants and to promote their work within their communities through exhibitions and other public programs.

Apply by May 31, 2014

For more information:

http://www.akimbo.ca/68177

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Pablo Picasso
Emerging Artist Residency at Artscape’s Youngspace
Emerge, submerge or become emergent?
Any which way the deadline is May 2nd, 5pm:
http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/call-for-submissions-the-emerging-artist-residency-program-at-artscape-youngplace/

Emerging Artist Residency at Artscape’s Youngspace

Emerge, submerge or become emergent?

Any which way the deadline is May 2nd, 5pm:

http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/call-for-submissions-the-emerging-artist-residency-program-at-artscape-youngplace/

I am re-posting this image that I have posted before by the photographer and poet, Robert Anderson.  The piece, titled  Signals for Seers is part of the OCAD Alumni Show at the Gladstone Hotel, April 3 - 6, 2014.
Also on exhibit at the same time is the juried fibre show,  Hard Twist.

I am re-posting this image that I have posted before by the photographer and poet, Robert Anderson.  The piece, titled  Signals for Seers is part of the OCAD Alumni Show at the Gladstone Hotel, April 3 - 6, 2014.

Also on exhibit at the same time is the juried fibre show,  Hard Twist.

Works for me in regards to creativity too
From:  https://plus.google.com/+QuotesempireOfficial/posts/RJw3AaVwe7G?cfem=1

Works for me in regards to creativity too

From:  https://plus.google.com/+QuotesempireOfficial/posts/RJw3AaVwe7G?cfem=1

I have been recently working with Holly Dunlap to help her develop her installation and photography practice.  Here are images of some her recent work:

Jane Jacobs, 2013, 46in x 35in x 4in, glass tiles

Bill’s, 2012, 18ft x 22ft, mixed media installation

El  Senor, 2013, 11in x17in, digital print

 

See more images at her site:

http://www.hollydunlap.com/