Kelly Jazvac | Reena Katz | Balint Zsako | Chris Curreri | Jean-Paul Kelly
Born in Hamilton, Ontario (1980), Kelly Jazvac received a BA from the University of Guelph and an MFA from the University of Victoria. Her most recent exhibitions include PARK at Oakville Galleries (2013); Why Painting Now? Curated by_Vienna (2013); Surface Tension at Oakville Galleries (2013); Impel With Puffs at Diaz Contemporary, Toronto (2013); Touch the Moon at Louis B. James, New York (2013); and More Than Two at The Power Plant, Toronto (2013). Her work has also been recently reviewed in The New Yorker (2013); Border Crossings (2013); and The Brooklyn Rail (2012).
Jazvac’s current focus is an interdisciplinary collaboration with geologist Dr. Patricia Corcoran, which stems from their discovery and study of a new rock form they’ve termed “Plastiglomerate.” This new rock is made from a mix of natural materials (sand, coral, volcanic rock) and melted plastic debris that washes ashore from the ocean. A manuscript of their findings will be published in June (2014) in GSA Today. They consider this research to be relevant to developing studies of the Anthropocene.
IMAGE: Mantle, 2012, Salvaged adhesive vinyl, Velcro, thread, 117cm x 63.5 cm x 5 cm
Photo Credit: Toni Hafkensheid
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Reena Katz aka Radiodress uses live and recorded talking, whispering, singing, yelling and listening to consider bodies as sites of knowledge, and communication as a social and political practice. Through audience participation in public spaces, Katz highlights the relationship between collective voice and the empathic act of listening. Her web- based audio project, embodied arts collective assembly was commissioned in 2013 by the Vera List Centre for Art and Politics on the occasion of their 20th anniversary year.
Her recent project, love takes the worry out of being close: public assemblies in bed with queers premiered in April at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as part of the 2013 HATCH Residency. As an educator, Katz works with a broad range of communities in and outside institutions to empower students and disseminate information on various audio technologies and their accessibility. She is currently Acting Director at Galerie SAW Gallery, a multi-lingual artist-run center in Ottawa, Canada. Katz’s diverse performance, sound and social practice projects have been performed, played and exhibited widely in North America and Europe.
IMAGE: use hold strike: proposed sounds for collective grieving, 2010-2014. Photo credit: Michelle Hyun
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Balint Zsako was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1979 to Istvan Zsako, a sculptor, and Anna Torma, a textile artist. The family immigrated to Canada in 1989 after spending two years living as refugees in West Germany. Balint attended elementary and high school in Hamilton, Ontario and received his BFA in photography from Ryerson University in Toronto. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
His works in mixed media, painting, drawing, photography and sculpture have been exhibited in Hungary, England, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and the US.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto organized a traveling exhibition of his works entitled Drawings from the Bernardi Collection that was also accompanied by the artist’s first monograph. Balint’s works were recently featured in Sarah Polley’s film “Take This Waltz,” and also appear in Phaidon’s Vitamin D2 drawing anthology.
IMAGE: Audubon 61, 2014, collage, 20 x 17.5cm. Photo credit: Balint Zsako
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Chris Curreri (b. 1978) obtained his MFA in photography at Bard College after completing a BFA in photography at Ryerson University. Curreri’s recent shows include a solo exhibition, Something, Something at the University of Toronto Art Centre as part of Toronto’s annual CONTACT Photography festival. Curreri’s work has been included in several international group shows, most recently in Surplus Authors at Witte de With (Rotterdam), An Unpardonable Sin at Castillo/Corrales (Paris) and 50 Artists Photograph the Future, Higher Pictures (New York). The recipient of several awards and grants, Curreri was presented with the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts’ Artist Prize in 2011. His work can be found in the collections of Hart House at the University of Toronto, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston (ON) and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Curreri currently lives and works in Toronto.
IMAGE: Untitled (Clay Portfolio), 2013, gelatin silver print, 13.4cm x 19.5cm, from a portfolio of 21. Photo credit: Chris Curreri
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Jean-Paul Kelly (Canadian, b. 1977) is a video-installation artist exploring the relationship between materiality and perception. The videos, drawings and photographs that Kelly makes pose questions about the limits of representation by examining complex associations between found documentary and photojournalistic reference materials. In his work, realism is often articulated as an abstraction, illuminating the gap between physical matter and the subjective experience of it in the world. Kelly’s work has exhibited at The Power Plant (Toronto), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Scrap Metal Gallery (Toronto), Mercer Union (Toronto), Gallery TPW (Toronto) and Tokyo WondernSite. He was a Guest Artist at the 2013 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Other recent screenings SBC Gallery (Montreal), Nightingale Cinema (Chicago), New York Film Festival: Views from the Avant-Garde, Off & Free International Expanded Cinema and Art Festival at the Seoul Museum of Art, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival: Wavelengths, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Migrating Forms (New York), Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin) and Pleasure Dome (Toronto). From 2009 to 2012, Kelly was Programming Director and Curator of Trinity Square Video (Toronto). He holds a Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto (2005) and lives and works in Toronto.
IMAGE: Figure-ground (Srebrenica) [detail], 2013, Gouache and graphite on paper, 27.9cm x 43.2cm. Photo credit: Jean-Paul Kelly/Cressida Kocienski
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