Artist Project returns with new installations
After a one year hiatus due to COVID-19, Artist Project returns April 21-24 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place. The annual art fair brings together 200 Canadian independent artists, interactive installations, an emerging artist competition and, for the first time, a live fashion show in collaboration with Fashion Art Toronto.
“Art is instrumental in helping us navigate and understand our actions as citizens of the world. Ultimately, it is a reflection of our human experience,” says Emma Fried, Exhibitor Relations Lead for Artist Project. “Our mission is to help represent and provide independent and contemporary artists with a professional platform to showcase and sell their work through unique installations and physical spaces.”
This year, Artist Project has chosen Nathan Eugene Carson, a Canadian Artist from Hamilton, to create an entrance installation consisting of a 40 ft long salon of hanging artwork. The art form will morph and change as patrons can purchase Carson’s art directly from the installation while new works are added.
Fashion Art Toronto will debut works from two emerging designers during a live fashion show on April 21, at 7:00 PM. The chosen designers will include Ayimach, led by Artistic Director Jason Baerg, and Meesh, by Micheline Wedderburn.
The Career Launcher program presented by OCAD University provides professional exhibition space to a graduating student. Toronto-based, new media artist, and co-founder of 2 Ontario based QTBIPOC collectives, Kasra Goodarznezhad has been selected to showcase his body of work, “Evolving Maps: A Collective Memory”. Using hand-drawn maps submitted by the QTBIPOC community which represent places that they could not pass through due to displacement, exile, barriers, destruction, or border mobility, the work aims to explore methodologies and new ways of recording information about physical space. Collected using an AI system and turned into 3D landscapes, the work depicts an imagined future for the oppressed, or a map of a place or a memory where they feel safe.
The Untapped Emerging Artists Competition is dedicated to supporting the development of students, new graduates, and self-taught artists. The juried competition has awarded eight emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit their work free of charge in this feature section of the fair including painter Alexander Notarangelo, textiles artist Olivia Mae Sinclair and collage artist Sui Ling Selina Yung.
The inaugural DeSerres Artist Prize will provide an artist with a dedicated material pack by the company. The selected winner will be chosen by a body of juries from Artist Project and DeSerres and will be announced via social media on Friday April, 22 2022.