Saturday, November 29, 2008
(Less Than) Beautiful
Daphne Gerou is a Toronto based visual artist whose overall art practice points to drawing as a primary medium. She studies fine arts at the Toronto School of Art, and is currently pursuing an Art History undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Gerou's work has been included in group and curated exhibitions in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Berlin. Her work has also appeared in literary publications such as Vallum and Fireweed. Gerou has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council, and drawing awards from both the John B. Aird Gallery and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
The materials that I used to create the books in my library were either on hand, or came to be (like the matchbook) throughout the course of the project. The theme that emerged in the books is one that points to interpersonal dynamics and the human experience in general. The theme that emerged in my creative process is a tension between pretty packaging and not-so-pretty content. I called the library "(Less than) Beautiful."
Monday, November 17, 2008
I have simply taken the messages I “found” each day for a week and “rebound” them for others to find yet again.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I wear yoga pants
Aimee Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who works in performance, book & paper, installation, and text arts. Born in New York, she received her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. She trained as a classical violinist, with later studies in jazz and improvisation. Her movement studies include contact improv, modern dance, trapeze, acrobatics, hula, and breakdancing. She has appeared in performances for the Chicago Cultural Centre, Museum of Contemporary Art, Glass Curtain Gallery, PAC/edge Performance Festival, and Tic Toc Performance Festival.
Under the Bionic Hearing Press imprint, Aimee's artists' books reside in numerous collections, including the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, Oberlin College Clarence Ward Art Library Special Collections, and King St. Stephen Museum in Hungary. She has been granted residencies by Art Farm, Jentel, Ox-Bow, Ragdale, Vermont Studio Centre, Weir Farm Trust Art Centre, and the Interdisciplinary Residency of Art and Ecology in Mexico. Funders include the U.S. Fulbright Program, Puffin Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend Program, and Manhattan Graphics Studio.
Aimee currently resides in Seoul, Korea, as she researches the Korean hand papermaking tradition as a Fulbright Researcher.