Vicki Clough Curates

Musings on art and life.

Sweet Scenes by Shintaro Ohata

This morning I went trawling through the internet for British artists.. and got hopelessly distracted. Colossal is one of my favourite websites (I may have mentioned this before) and today it did not disappoint. These wicked cool painting/sculptures by Japanese artist Shintaro Ohata (check him out!) became the focus of my attention for quite some time. I am often impressed by the imaginative and delightful nature of Japanese art, and these are no exception. The every day scenes are a combination of 2D painted background with a figurative, carved 3D  foreground; captured at moments and in lighting that make them dramatic and movie-like.  Definitely work I’d like to see in real life some day- I’d be interested to see if my giddy school girl excitement is more intense when these are viewed up close..

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, an ongoing research and curatorial project that aims to address the various forms of sustainable practice. She has been the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto since 2014 and has also co-curated exhibitions including Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014) and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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