Mould #2 (Photo) Writing Degree Zero, curated by Joan Foncuberta launched in Reggio Emilia

"One of the the aims of the suite of photographs titled Coronae, is to posit the possibility that pictorial content or depiction is not necessarily a precondition of photography.  Coronae's images are the result of 'collapsing' the camera, the lens, and light-sensitive emulsion into a single object: tiny holes were drilled directly into and through 35mm colour reversal (slide) film canisters and they were subsequently left to expose in bright sunlight for approximately 1 hour.  In a way, the method by which an 'image' appears becomes the very subject of that same image, and the photographs become self-reflexive manifestations.  That which is literally depicted is a hole, an absence that stands in for a visual presence.  The resulting patterns that float on near endless black grounds remain indeterminant as they variously allude to forms of the cellular or microscopic, while suggesting astronomical structures existing at an infinite scale.  These images run counter to the prevailing predescribed and precise methods of photography as exposure times remain guesswork, artistic authorship is held at bay, results are unpredictable, and the notion of 'image' itself is perhaps re-oriented."

Andrew Wright to contribute to Milan-based MOULD Magazine's 2nd Issue, curated by Joan Foncuberta

MOULD

Corona #4 (detail), Digital c-print mounted on Dibond, 152 x 152 cm, 2011

Corona #4 (detail), Digital c-print mounted on Dibond, 152 x 152 cm, 2011

MOULD is a semi-annual publication for contemporary culture. It is a platform for transdisciplinary investigation, which aims to interpret the complexity of contemporary culture. We believe that the mould, embracing the notions of imprint and tracing, conveys our view of cultural press: a place to record the existing, make it circulate, generate new ideas. We see it both as an archive-like research and a source of creation.

A different guest editor representing a specific cultural area is asked to direct each issue. He/she will appoint contributors to develop his/ her own interpretation of the mould subject, in relation to disciplines such as art, literature, cinema, architecture, design, photography, philosophy etc. and it will turn out to be the expression of the editor’s own creativity. However, Mould is far from being a monographic dissertation: by casting a glance at different disciplines and genres, the guest editors will design personal and polyphonic paths with everchanging features, beyond their usual fields of practice and expertise. All together, our publications will create a subjective, unconventional and multifaceted witness of contemporary culture.

We are inaugurating our project with the guest curatorship of Studio Miessen and the theme of Cultures of Assembly. We would like this title to be a declaration of intents. The intention to produce a repository for cultural debate, a tangible crossroads in a network of relationships that is meant to link people, places and thoughts.
 

MOULD #1 Guest Editor: Markus Meissen. Architect, consultant, writer

MOULD #2 DEGREE ZERO 
Guest editor: Joan Fontcuberta.
World-renowned conceptual photographer. Launches May 15-17, 2015, Reggio Emilia, IT

MOULD #3 Guest Editor: Hans Ulrich Obrist. Art curator, critic, historian
 

Images are so strong that they can even produce casus belli, as events like Muhammad’s caricatures and Charlie Hebdo tragedy witness. The history of ideas is also the history of images. That’s why philosophy and theory have always urged to figure out what an image is.

Since the 90s, the Visual Studies emerged alongside with a pictorial turn, which came up as a result of a change in the visual stan- dards but also of social and technological changes. This pictorial turn does not just refer to the increase of images and the consequent attention towards them, but it marks as well a study of culture which approaches reality as crystallized into images.

However, if philosophers cannot say what images are, artists are the ones to tell us what they’re made of, what constitutes them. The transition from chemical to digital photography, from silver salts to pixels, encouraged us to focus on its very nature, on its most basic elements. How can we define the degree zero of photography writing? The investigation carried out in this MOULD issue analyses some photo creations that, from the Minimalism strategy on, gather the most essential qualities of photo images (light and shadow, im- print, chemical reaction, dark room, optics...). That is to say those generative, formalist and conceptual operations that, we can say, ground the making of those images that format our visual culture nowadays. 

Viva Voce: 40th Anniversary of the Art & Art History Program


Viva Voce:
40th Anniversary of the Art & Art History Program

A Joint Program between Sheridan and the University of Toronto Mississauga
September 14 - October 23, 2011


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Dorian FitzGerald, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Richie Mehta & Stuart A. McIntyre, Johnson Ngo, Denyse Thomasos, Carolyn Tripp, Jessica Vallentin, Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, Andrew Wright and Robert Zingone
Graphic design by Matthew Hoffman.

Curated by Shannon Anderson

Opening reception
Wednesday September 14, 5 - 9pm

A FREE shuttle bus departs from OCAD (100 McCaul St.) at 6:30pm, returns for 9pm.

For directions and campus maps, click here.

 

EXHIBITION STATEMENT 

This exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the Art and Art History Program. Given the occasion, the curatorial method focused on the complex relationships between students and professors, as the participating alumni were selected solely through recommendations from past and present faculty members.

The Latin phrase "viva voce," meaning "with the living voice," is playfully adopted here to highlight the celebratory nature of an anniversary, while making reference to the outspoken professors who responded to an invitation to participate in the process. It connects to the notion of sharing information by word of mouth, or through reputation. By relying on the experiences of the program's professors (in keeping with the anniversary date, 40 were contacted to provide a recommendation), the selection process became a collective effort. Importantly, this exhibition brings the connection between student and teacher to the forefront, underscoring the ongoing support that occurs after graduation, in the transition from student to colleague.

Focusing on recent work by both new graduates and those from decades past, Viva Voce reflects the diverse mediums embraced by the Art and Art History Program, including photography, film/video, sculpture, design and painting. Given the hundreds of practitioners who have graduated from this program over the last 40 years, the task of gathering a small selection for an anniversary exhibition is compelling and, truth be told, somewhat daunting. While the artists in Viva Voce necessarily represent a small sampling of the stellar graduates from this program, this particular group can be distinguished by being among those handpicked by professors who have watched their careers flourish.

- Shannon Anderson, guest curator

 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

ARTBus
Sunday, September 25th
12 to 5:30pm

Tour starts at 12noon at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House) and departs for the Blackwood Gallery and Oakville Galleries. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Cost: $10. To reserve a seat, call Oakville Gallery at 905.844.4402, ext. 27 or email artbus@oakvillegalleries.com by Friday September 23rd.

Doors Open
Saturday, October 1st
10am to 4pm
Presented in partnership with the Culture Division, City of Mississauga.
Join us for a guided tour with curator Shannon Anderson at 11am & 1pm.
For more information on Doors Open Mississauga 2011, click here. 

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, October 16th
12 to 5pm

Tour starts at 12noon at the Koffler Gallery Off-Site exhibition located at 80 Spadina (Unit #501), the bus then departs for the Blackwood Gallery, the Art Gallery of York University and the Doris McCarthy Gallery (UTSC) and returns to Spadina by 5pm. To reserve a seat, call the Doris McCarthy Gallery at 416.287.7007 or email jthalmann@utsc.utoronto.ca by Friday October 14th.

Out of Joint: Voices on Mentoring
Friday, October 21st
10am to 2pm

Presentation Room, Student Centre, UTM
Join us for a mini-conference featuring faculty and students discussing the meanderings of mentorship as it navigates the fields of artistic and curatorial practice, the writing and research skills requirements of art history, and the transition to graduate school.

Sheridan: Artist Talks
09.06.2011: Robert Zingone
09.08.2011: Richie Mehta
09.15.2011: Rhonda Weppler
09.29.2011: Andrew Wright
10.04.2011: Carolyn Tripp
10.11.2011: Dorian FitzGerald

ALL artist talks are FREE and open to the public, and will take place from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the mezzanine of Annie Smith Hall at Sheridan College (1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville.)
For directions click here and go to the Contact Us link.


 

 

In partnership with the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and the Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga and generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.


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Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd. N.
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
www.blackwoodgallery.ca
blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca
905.828.3789

Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday 12 – 5 pm
Wednesday to 9 pm

Saturday & Sunday 12 – 3 pm

(closed on civic holidays)