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HYBRIDS BY BRENDAN LEE SATISH TANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vancouver-based artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang‘s visual and intellectual reconfigurations draw from a range of pop culture and art history as a way of exploring themes of cultural appropriation and hybridity. Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland of Trinidadian parents and is a naturalized citizen of Canada. He earned his formal art education on both Canadian coasts and the American Midwest, where he learn to appreciate the ceramic medium.

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“My artistic practice embodies the influences, tensions and contradictions that define the postmodern world. At once, my works exhibit the paradoxical tendency to be irreverent, frivolous, and playful, as well as thoroughly engaged in critical reflection. Admittedly, my aesthetic is driven by a hedonistic engagement with visual culture, yet I remain apprehensive about the all-encompassing diversions of contemporary society. Although my works are non-functional, I often employ vessel forms, or otherwise allude to incongruous functionality (for example, “wiring” of non-electronic parts). These apparent tensions may be particularly salient to my chosen field of ceramics, a medium interested in the notion of art versus craft.” Brendan Lee Satish Tang

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‘A WHOLE NEW WORLD’ BY JAMIYLA LOWE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jamiyla Lowe is a Toronto based illustrative artist who concentrates on drawing and screen printing. Her series ‘A Whole New World’ centers around five fictionalized civilizations who each inhabit a nightmarish fantasy world. The inhabitants experience uncertainty, joy, lust, and indifference all while trying to ensure survival in their own distinctive environments.

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