Vicki Clough Curates

Musings on art and life.

What Are You Made Of?

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Poster, flyer and invitation design by Pilar Fernandez-Davila, IAMD

Okay, so it’s been quite some time since my last post. It turns out that doing a Masters is no easy feat. Not that I expected it to be, but you know, time off becomes quite valuable when you’re trying to read Foucault and Amelia Jones, simultaneously, through your eyelids at 3am. It’s a good time. I urge anyone interested in testing the limits of their knowledge, emotional stability and general endurance to go for it. Needless to say, I’ve had no time for my blog, even though I’ve thought about it often, longingly…

So, my MFA is in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. We get to choose a stream to complete a thesis. Currently, I am a curator who has some critical inclinations. I am part of a small cohort of really talented people from a variety of backgrounds (although I am the only non-Canadian). We have had the privilege, over the last few months, of working together on a couple of pretty big projects, which has been the ultimate baptism of fire in some ways, but it worked. It’s not easy being a seven curator team. We made it work. And now, I am able to say that twice over the last two semesters, we have produced something that I feel we can all be proud of.

The first project (and unfortunately the only one I will be posting about in depth due to a distinct lack of images) turned out to be pretty apt for our first term in grad school…What Are You Made Of? opened in early November, and had a five day run. We exhibited work from the incoming Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design (IAMD) MFA Candidates, and we also had the pleasure of having a couple of classes with these fine folk (and some others who are not featured), so displaying their art had the added warm and fuzzies of new friendship.

I think ultimately we all learned (are learning) one important thing – we are all made of pretty tough stuff.

Linda El Shami, Women in Veils, Digital Print on canvas

Linda El Shami, Women in Veils, scarf, digital print on cotton

Omar Badrin, Self portrait I, II and III

Omar Badrin, Self portrait I, II and III, embroidery on hessian

Omar Badrin, self portrait II

Omar Badrin, self portrait II

Ana Jofre, Dyptych

Ana Jofre, Dyptych Female, ceramic

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Ana Jofre, Dyptych Male, ceramic

Carole Chaloupka Burton, Grief (front view), (background) Cover Me, Sleep Little Virgin

Carole Chaloupka Burton, Grief (front view), (background) Cover Me, Sleep Little Virgin, Polymer clay

Carole Chaloupka Burton, Sleep Little Virgin

Carole Chaloupka Burton, Sleep Little Virgin, Polymer clay and cotton pillow

Anna Kovler, My Mother (left), Self Portrait as a Child at New Years

Anna Kovler, My Mother (left), Self Portrait as a Child at New Years, pencil on paper, framed

Anna Kovler, Self Portrait as a Child at New Years

Anna Kovler, Self Portrait as a Child at New Years

JP King (PaperPusher), The Day I Discovered Vinyl... (left), Why Did they Call Your Mother a Monster

JP King, The Day I Discovered Vinyl… (left), Why Did they Call Your Mother a Monster (right), Risograph prints

The Day I discovered Vinyl

JP King, The Day I discovered Vinyl

Why Did They Call Your Mother a Monster

JP King, Why Did They Call Your Mother a Monster

Siamak Haseli, Fingerprints (still)

Siamak Haseli, Fingerprints, Video installation (still)

Kris Brandhagen, Legs, Video installation

 

David Salazar, Parallel Continuums

David Constantino Salazar, Parallel Continuums, Cast plaster

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David Constantino Salazar, Parallel Continuums, Cast plaster

OCAD U Graduate Gallery

OCAD U Graduate Gallery, North wall installation

OCAD U Graduate Gallery

OCAD U Graduate Gallery, South wall installation

OCAD U Graduate Gallery

OCAD U Graduate Gallery, North wall installation (facing west)

We also had a separate projection room running a loop of ad reels by Juan Bonilla. We installed a couch (a la living room layout) that visitors could sit on to watch the reel. Ultimately, this was our intent….

Curatorial Statement

Curatorial Statement

**please accept my apologies for the bad quality of the images** I took them all, and I am not known for my stellar photography skills… Hey! At least they all have a consistent yellowish tint! With time my installation photography will get better. I promise.

I strongly encourage anyone reading this post to follow links to artists websites by clicking on their names under each artwork. I have not gone into detail with descriptions because I know that they are all still exploring the possibilities for their practices. They are all talented, wonderful people and I am honoured to have worked with them all.

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4 comments on “What Are You Made Of?

  1. Sean O'Toole
    May 25, 2014

    JP King’s stuff looks amazeballs

    • vickicloughcurations
      May 25, 2014

      It is! They are all super talented!! I wish you could have come to it.

      • Sean O'Toole
        May 25, 2014

        Me too. Oh well, I still have the Galway “Musaeum” to keep me culturally hip :/

      • vickicloughcurations
        May 25, 2014

        I’ve never been there. You also have the Arts Centre on Dominick street. That place is pretty culturally hip..

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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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