The Dreamlife of Chechu Álava

The gauzy, auratic atmosphere of Chechu Álava’s paintings is often offset by the directness of her subject’s gaze. Amplified by her chosen palette of fleshy, pearlescent pinks and postmodern pastels, the effect is strangely erotic. It is a soft-focus affair – a coming together of sex and spirit that conjures the creamy, dreamy, transubstantiated flesh…

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Brent Cleveland’s Neo-Figurative Queer Portraiture

Brent Cleveland is a queer Montreal-based visual artist whose neo-figurative portraiture probes concepts of gender, sexuality, and human expression. Through the haunting and distorted gaze of his subjects, Cleveland imbues a sort of warping of the male gaze, reflecting a nuanced glance of heteronormative defiance toward the spectator. We recently caught up with him about…

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Nelson Huang’s Enigmatic Portraiture

Toronto photographer Nelson Huang brings a distinctly editorial perspective to his portrait photography, channeling the sophisticated and straightforward whimsy of photographers like Leslie Zhang, Colin Dodgson, and Cho Gi Seok. Projecting a certain air of vulnerability and ease upon his subjects, Zhang’s fashion and beauty work is swathed in vibrant colours accented by warm tones…

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Brendon Burton’s American Poetry

American Poetry is a previously unreleased body of work by photographer Brendon Burton, documenting roadside signage as works of art. Taken over the course of 5 years around the United States, this series is a study on Americana, media culture, and propaganda. These anonymous proclamations in the public space form a loose narrative on the…

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Images of Lockdown

The below images are part of a series of Toronto-based photographer Cody Rooney’s exploration of the desolation of inner-city life during the first wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Shot over the course of March and April 2020, the series depicts the cloistered and barren feeling of impending doom that lingers during times of uncertainty and…

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Erotic Figurativism: Ivan Alifan’s Strange Portraiture

Ivan Allifan is a prolific and wildly successful young painter from Toronto whose textured and eroticized figurative works have garnered him a considerable online following, amassing thousands of followers, a dedicated group of clients, and the liberty to work as an artist without restrictions. We spoke with Ivan about his technique, utilizing Instagram as an artistic platform,…

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Telfar Dreams

Although 2020 came with a lot of turmoil – it was also the year that Telfar, the New York-based label founded by Telfar Clemens, finally got the recognition it deserved. Going from cult brand to one of fashion’s biggest and most disruptive players – as it staked its place on the industry’s landscape via a unique, redefined vision…

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The Otherwordly Visual Poetry of Guillaume Amat

Guillaume Amat is a french photographer based in Paris whose photographic practice is dedicated to long-term projects which produce distinct photographic narratives. Amat’s Open Fields series depicts reflective surfaces in natural or industrial settings, reflecting their opposing landscapes in an optical illusion which highlights the stark difference between two different worlds. About his ‘Open Fields’…

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