1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
In February this year, Ed Video Media Arts Centre in Guelph, took works by four Canadian artists to the Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden. Images of the work posted online provoked widespread attention and press coverage, proving that something small can become big overnight.
Works by Philippe Blanchard, Amy Lockhart, Gabriel Parniak and Gillian Wilson were exhibited, curated by Scott McGovern of Ed Video. Featuring drawing, painting, sculpture and animation, the exhibition captured the attention of the audience with sophisticated but flawed imagery, challenging the veracity of first impressions.
The show has been reinstalled in Cambridge, alongside large printouts of the online commentary, interviews, and media coverage that sparked an international conversation about Canadian art among non-arts communities.
Philippe Blanchard is a Toronto-based artist, animator, teacher and curator. His diverse creative background (film production, digital visual effects, studio arts) has informed an interdisciplinary practice combining animation, installation, light shows, drawing, painting and printmaking. His recent projects include expanded animation installations for Chromatic Festival/C2MTL, the Power Plant and solo shows at Arprim (Montreal) and InterAccess (Toronto), all featuring screen-printed imagery animated by coloured light.
Philippe Blanchard's animation work has been shown at Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), Pop Montreal Festival, Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), The Kitchen (New York), RISD (Providence RI), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC), LACMA (Los Angeles), San Francisco Art Institute, Cal Arts (Valencia, CA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Impakt Festival (Utrecht NL), Center for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Ottawa Art Gallery, InterAccess, Angell Gallery and AGYU.
Philippe Blanchard also works as a commercial animation director, principally for Toronto-based studio Head Gear Animation. He has directed/animated spots for MTV, Oreo, Milk, Blistex, Sesame Street, and PBS.
Amy Lockhart is a filmmaker, animator and artist. Her animations have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival and International Animation Festival in Hiroshima, Japan. Lockhart has received fellowship at the National Film Board of Canada and support from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has completed residencies at Calgary’s Quickdraw Animation Society, Struts Gallery, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The California Institute of the Arts. Drawn & Quarterly published Dirty Dishes, a book of her paintings, sculptures and drawings in 2009. Her work was recently included in Afterimage at DePaul University Art Gallery and Not Bad For London at Michael Gibson Gallery.
Gabriel Parniak is a multidisciplinary artist currently working out of Boarding House Arts in Guelph, ON. as a resident artist for 2013-14. He graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS. in 2012 .
Gillian Wilson received her BFA from Concordia University and is currently living in Guelph, ON. Working mostly with ink & brush and serigraphy, her style draws from 20th century folk art and scary
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