MYTH MAKERS: New Explorations in Drawing
“Myth Makers” brings together the work of six emerging artists whose drawings situate themselves on the outskirts of typical narratives or folk tales. The exhibition takes place at OCAD University’s Graduate Gallery located at 205 Richmond Street from February 25th to March 3rd with the reception on Friday March 1st, from 7 to 11 PM. Featured artists are Nathan Brown, Jason Deary, Brette Gabel, Scott Harber, Humboldt Magnussen, and Bea Parsons. Through two-dimensional formats these artists construct three-dimensional spaces that allow, like novels, the viewer to enter a new space. These works are stretched past the conventional definition of drawing to include paint, installation and textiles. Myths have been said to reveal truths in the world, and help shape our understanding of our culture and ideologies. Though the characters and meta-narrative are fictional, the work highlights emotional states drawn from current anxieties, tensions, and pleasures. Human struggles, such as gender roles, interpersonal relationships, queer isolation, youth culture, and violence are explored through the creation of virtual worlds that weave together fiction and memory.
What can be learned through displacing past memories into a space of fiction? How are our current understanding of folktales relate to new aesthetics of visual story telling? These questions form a discursive space inside the gallery where the audience can interact with each other, share their opinion on the artwork or maybe even tell a ghost story.