The art at Unaffiliated 01 showcases visual works as though viewed through lysergic sunglasses: the oscillating, shape shifting, iridescent and pulsating rhythm of the psychedelic. Nothing static exists, from abstract video projections, to kaleidoscopic and kinetic sculptures, integrated performance and colourful wallpaper installations that pop out like a magic eye or rest on island waves. Freak flags flying on the beach, monster blood dripping toxic ooze, a ocean coral shrine, metallic palm trees reflecting technicolour summer dreams, it’s an astral projection to the beach resort at the end of the universe.
-Julia Dickens, visual arts curator for UNAFFILIATED 01
Here is a sneak peak at some of the artists exhibiting works on sunday.
Nick Silvani completed his degree at the University of Guelph in the Studio Art program in 2012 and was selected for the Specialized Studio Practice program. He primarily focuses his work in the drawing based medium but has recently been exploring projection and installation work. After some brief exploring in British Columbia and Montreal he is back living and working in his hometown of Guelph, ON.
Jenn Kitagawa is a designer and artist living and working out of Toronto, ON. She paints, draws, sews and designs posters, album covers and zines. Using both digital and traditional mediums, her work explores the simplicity and intricacy of the relationship between shape, color and typography. Themes of optical illusion, nausea inducing patterns, joy of the eyes and causing viewers to pause and decode a secret message are a few ideas Jenn enjoys experimenting with.
Heather Rappard uses a variety of digital and analog techniques to create synesthetic video pieces inspired by sound, memory, and perspective. Educated at NSCAD University and now based out of Toronto, her work has been shown in galleries and festivals all over Canada.
Zuzu Knew is an interdisciplinary artist based in Montreal who follows her cravings to create wondermints. She often combines pastry, creature infinity and prism vision to make living cartoons; drawings, analogue projections, street art, costumes, and cake. Psychic Candy Hover Lands portrays an environment in the flux of its naturally sweet and sour landscape where at first glance cute and upon a closer look foreboding elements balance each other out. Recently a window installation at Monastiraki, Le Petit Monastère in Montreal, this incarnation will be more of a shrine with added layers of costumed character interaction and overhead projections. Zu recently went to Greece for the Koumaria Residency, launched the film Smile Stealers with collaborators and does projections and styling for the band Syngja. She is part of an ongoing documentary about her and her sister and their great grandmother
Alicia Nauta is a graduate from Printmaking at OCAD University. She established the OCAD University Zine Library and co-established the Library at Xpace Cultural Centre, including a zine Library, mix tape library and curated library. She currently works as a Programmer at Xpace Cultural Centre. All her work is part of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe: consisting of collage, screenprinting, installation, wallpaper, bookworks, and a growing collection of found oddities for a future museum. She is member of Punchclock, a Toronto print studio. Her work has been exhibited at the AGO, the Drake Hotel, Art Metropole, and Narwhal Art Projects, as well as installed permanently at Double Double Land, Likely General and a really cool baby’s room.
Amelia Ehrhardt is a contemporary dance artist based in Toronto working in creation, interpretation, and curation. Her choreographic work has been presented at Double Double Land, the Deleon White Gallery, Extermination Music Night, and A Month of Sundays. As an interpreter, Amelia has worked with Susie Burpee, Carol Anderson, Zeesy Powers, Julia Sasso, and other choreographers and visual artists. Amelia is a 2008 graduate of the Dance Performance Studies program at George Brown Dance and holds an Honours BA in Dance Studies from York University.
Amelia is on the Creative Team/AKA is a Lover at theToronto Dance Community Love-In, the Administrative Director of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario Chapter, and is the curator and founder ofFlowchart: a Series of Performance.
Cheryl Hann is a videographer/animator living and working in Halifax, NS. Unaffiliated will mark Cheryl’s second appearance in a curated show, having been commissioned by Pop Montreal in 2012 to create an original Auroratone film to accompany Grimes’ Genesis. Most of her previous video work was done for her television show Picnicface (now canceled - LOL). She is also a comedian. That’s most of what she is, I think. She is also very confused about which person she should use to address herself in a bio. Hi, guys.