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The Artist Project – Artists to Watch

Posted by Dani on March 3, 2012


We had a great time last night at the Opening Night Preview Party for The Artist Project, a 4 day art fair at the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place. Music, Absolute cocktails, gourmet nibbles, transvestites and girls in neon hair helped create a great vibe while we toured the show.

This juried event showcases over 200 Canadian artists, and is a great place to meet artists and get to know their work. From impressive photorealism to arresting sculptural pieces, it’s all there. Open until Sunday, drop by the CNE and check it out. In the meantime, have a look at our pick of must-see artists.

Meaghan Ogilvie is a photographer I have had my eye on for some time. Her ethereal underwater images caught my eye at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square a few years ago. Her new series explores the connection between man and nature with her stunning photos of nudes in breathtaking landscapes.

Sculptor Floyd Elzinga is another artist I have been admiring for years. He works in metal to create beautiful pieces inspired by nature. I am in love with his pinecone sculptures – I have a huge maple stump in my back yard that would make the perfect display platform for one of these giant pinecones.

Look at these beautiful mixed media pieces by Andrea Stajan Ferkul.

Sculptor Jason Holley creates these chainmaille pieces out of clay, forming each individual link by hand, and then firing the pieces using the Japanese raku technique. As someone who has worked with clay, I know that the amount of work involved in creating these movable chain sculptures is truly remarkable.

Marla Buck, a multi-talented artist who was also had successful careers as a dancer and jewelry designer, showed her stunning life drawings.

Maureen O’Connor’s evocative photos of an abandoned and decaying hospital had beautiful, soft colours and a haunting quality.

Harbourfront Artist-In-Residence Clayton Haigh works in glass to create these sculptural pieces from his Geode Series.

Russel Brohier explores derelict industrial spaces with imagery that seems to float on glass. A founding member of the DK Photo Group, you can see him work on the Bravo series PhotoXplorers.

Omar Aljebouri and Michael CC Lin’s Cabinet of Curiosities: Toronto Expedition 001 consists of sculptural objects that represent the city’s downtown neighbourhoods.

Tong (Raine) Shen, from the Untapped Emerging Artists Competition, creates paper installations that are breathtaking.

Have a look at more pictures from these artists in the gallery below. And check back for additional featured artists in upcoming posts.

 

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