Faye Wei Wei and the Female Gaze in Abstraction

“The Moon spat a cigarette out at me last night. Her face was veiled in smoke, a secret tangible magic.” An excerpt of the multi-faceted Faye Wei Wei’s poetry reads much like a soliloquy. The poet and visual artist has graced social media with work kindred to the feeling of Renaissance Art. Replete with soft brush…

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Dior Beauty’s Most Exciting Young Photographers

Dior has been holding its Photography and Visual Arts Awards for Young Talents for the last five years. In partnership with LUMA Arles and ENSP, the project seeks to identify the most exciting emerging image-makers around the world, many of whom are hand-picked from the finest international art schools. The Dior “laureates” are a shortlist…

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Shirin Neshat’s Land of Dreams

Iranian-born New York City resident Shirin Neshat is a visual artist best recognized for her work in photography, and film. Prior to the Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1974, Neshat traveled to Los Angeles to pursue her art studies. Upon arriving back in Iran in the 90’s Neshat took photographs of herself while wearing the chador,…

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Romina Ressia: When Past Meets Present

Argentinian visual artist Romina Ressia‘s series How Would Have Been? is a multilayered photographic exploration of past versus present, juxtaposing painterly depiction with the mise-en-scene of modernity. Originally a fashion photographer, Ressia gradually moved on to her Fine Art practice and has now become famous for her re-imaginations of classicism.  In her series How Would…

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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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Lee Bae’s Union

UNION is the first solo exhibition by South Korean artist Lee Bae in Canada. With a focus on the artist’s Issu du feu (Emerging From Fire) series from 1999-2000, the exhibition spans a variety of different non-traditional media. Working in materials such as charcoal and wood, Bae’s work probes the ephemerality of life and the…

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