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What is Your Capacity….


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….To Understand? To withstand? To produce? To learn? To love? Is your cup half full or is it half empty? How much of who you are is what you collect? Is infinity possible? Ten of Toronto’s top industrial, graphic, textile and product designers– Maiwenn Castellan, Joy Charbonneau, Michelle Ivankovic, Arounna Khounnoraj, Erin McCutcheon, Katherine Morley, Nathalie Nahas, Ayla Newhouse, Ange-line Tetrault, and Kirsten White– grapple with the concept of ‘CAPACITY’ and how it applies to who we are and what we do.

Capacity 2011 premiered during Design Week at bookhou and will be opening at the Design Exchange on August 25, 2011. Come by to meet the designers and curators, Katherine Morley (past CUTMR curator) and Erin McCutcheon at the opening reception on August 26, 2011 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at the DX or at the Capacity talk entitled Design and Gender? on August 29, 2011. The reception and talk is open to the public, all are welcome.


CUTMR 2011 – Pamila Matharu


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Pamila Matharu is an independent artist, cultural producer and educator. Since 1994, she has been engaged in the Toronto visual arts community/sector, her art practice is rooted in organizing projects, photography, film, video, and installation based work. She currently teaches Visuals Arts and Social Studies at SEED Alternative School, founded in 1968, the first alternative school in Canada. Pamila is also one of the founding curators of CUTMR and she contributed to CUTMR 2011 with three works, exhibited in the pubic space.


CUTMR 2011 — Rina Grosman & Vivien Cheng


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If CUTMR 2011 could be said to have a centrepiece, it would have to be Rina Grosman and Vivien Cheng’s room-enveloping installation Macrobiotic.  The orthogonal planes of the Gladstone’s alcove were rendered unrecognizable, buried under clusters of alveoli-like orbs.  Evoking everything from bacilli to puffy white clouds, there’s something oddly comforting about the installation’s organic contours and texture.

You can see more of their work here, or read an interview with the duo here.


PechaKucha Toronto — Inspire Japan — April 16


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On Saturday, April 16, 2011, there will be a special PechaKucha Night Toronto event as part of Global PechaKucha Day – Inspire Japan. PechaKucha chapters from around the globe in bringing the creative and design communities together to raise funds for disaster relief.
Japan has inspired the creative world for many generations and now is the time for the creative world to inspire Japan to rebuild. All door proceeds will benefit Architecture for Humanity’s Rebuild Japan plans. The event will be streamed on Ustream.tv and broadcast on the global website.
How you can help:
With the event a mere three weeks away, PechaKucha Toronto is looking for presenters! Do you want to speak on the topic of “Inspire Japan”? Can you put together a 20×20 presentation (20 slides, each slide shown for 20 seconds) in the next three weeks? If so, PechaKucha Toronto would love to hear from you!
Event logistics:
The event will be held on Saturday, April 16th, 7pm-10pm at the Design Exchange (venue subject to change).
Support either by presenting at or attending the event. Please let Jennifer Flores (jenniferf@creativeworksstudio.ca) or Vivien Leung (vivienleung@gmail.com) know if you can participate in this important event.

Interview with artist Xiaojing Yan


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Xiaojing Yan, 'Past and Present'

Artist Xiaojing Yan shares how her immigration from the East and West, specifically China and North America, influences her practice, and how she weaves her experiences of change and complexity through her work.

How do you see your CUTMR installation/project fitting in to your larger practice as an artist, architect or designer?

After living in Canada and the United States for several years, I have become increasingly interested in cultural and personal identity and in the need to discover a new mode of artistic and social expression that blends Chinese and Western ways of thinking. In an effort to shape myself, I take traditional Chinese materials and techniques and reinvent them within a Western aesthetic and presentation. CUTMR provides me with a unique opportunity to show my artwork to the diverse public to search for echoes.

How do you see your practice expanding over the next five years?

Moving from China to Canada has been the most significant change in my life. For me, this experience engendered a “new life”, from which I draw strength and richness. Making art is not only meaningful to me but has sustained me. As an immigrant in North America, I know that the adaptation of these two cultures will be a life-long journey. With art, I will continue solidify my experiential and complex reactions to this challenge.

Why do you think about the rise and interest in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary practices?

Interdisciplinary finds a new approach for artists by encouraging and inviting us to expand our horizons and thought processes beyond singular disciplines. This also has opened up countless opportunities for art to expand into the new spaces that are created from the interaction of different disciplines. Art is a meaning-making process. As artists who are going to translate our deeply felt knowledge into art, we must keep our minds alive and continually expand our capacities.



Interview with Mark McLean


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Mark McLean is one of this year’s CUTMR public space participants. Responding to three questions from the CUTMR participant questionnaire, Mark addresses how his art practice benefits his business practice, and vice versa.

How do you see your CUTMR installation/project fitting in to your larger practice as an artist, architect or designer?

On a daily basis, I run one of the more successful real estate offices in the city so I still have a hard time thinking of myself as an artist. However, my ability to manage offices and people has increased since I started dedicating more time to my craft. In many ways the two are inextricably linked. The act of creating my sculptures involves several steps. First there is the conceptualizing, then the planning, the collecting and the laying out of materials, testing the process, preparation and final assembly. The overall theme of my work to date has been the collection of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual items and putting them together to create something new. When I am at the office, I essentially do the same thing. I bring together people and ideas with the hope of building a cohesive group within a successful hub. To accomplish any measure of achievement in business, you have to apply the same orderly logic. It is simply impossible to jump into something without the benefit of a well thought out plan.

When I was given the task of building the newest office for my company, I set out to create a truly flagship environment. It was important to establish a certain tone early. It had to be visually appealing and blend in well with the community, but most importantly, it had to foster creativity and a genuine sharing of ideas by the people that worked there. Our business is undergoing a fundamental shift. More young people are choosing real estate as a career and they come with a new approach and a fresh outlook. They utilize social media and are driven by highly visual input. It was important to build this shift into the equation and luckily I have a management team behind me that has given me a great deal of freedom. While the company I work for has been around for over 80 years, it was important to show the public that we were hip, relevant and leading edge.

Mark McLean

How do you see your practice expanding over the next five years?

I am a visual person. I am inspired by the shapes and colours of what is around me. I pick up on things I see on TV or in a magazine and I am an avid follower of pop culture. I am able to translate the trends that I see into my work and my art. In the foreseeable future, I will continue to look for the visual clues that drive us emotionally. I will test out my theories through my art and sculpture and continue to apply the processes and outcomes to my business life. I live by the motto that if I am not moving forward then I’m moving backward. There is no status quo. I want to use more unconventional materials in my sculptures and I don’t want to be limited to how far I can push the envelope.

CUTMR has really expanded from a design show to be a fertile exhibition for all kinds of artists, designers and creative people. Help us come up with a new name for the kinds of makers that participate in CUTMR.

One of the things I love about CUTMR is that it started as a grass roots/alternative event. Through the efforts of all involved, it has gained popularity and become more main stream however I think it is important to remember those roots because at the end of the day, it is events like this that help budding artists and designers break out. I hope that CUTMR will continue to be exactly what it is- a fertile ground for creativity.






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