Collaborating since early 2008, Andrew Ooi and Eric Mathew share a common interest in the elegant versatility of paper as a design material. Their work utilizes paper as a valuable commodity, in contrast to its popular public conception as a ubiquitous disposable resource. Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese uses of paper in the production of items of everyday use, their work has evolved to include lighting, furniture, and ornament. In June of 2009, they will exhibit a site-specific installation at Graphica Creativa â€™09, a printmaking triennial at the Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland.
Andrew Ooi is a self-taught artist who works with paper and light. Based in Toronto, Ooiâ€™s focus on reusable and renewable resource let to his use of recycled papers and energy efficient light sources. He makes hanging or free- standing origami shapes infused with light. Ooiâ€™s Origami Light-Works provide a calming glow through the rhythmic geometry of folded paper and the diffuse light the paper casts. His works were recently featured in Radiant Dark, at Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries, ON.
Eric Mathew is a print-based artist working in Toronto. Mathew completed an MFA at York University and has exhibited widely in Canada. Recent exhibitions include Showcase â€™07 at Cambridge Galleries, and 2-4â€™s and Time Travel at MADE, Toronto. Often working with a combination of silkscreen and painting his work deals with themes of consumerism, identity, and the Canadian mythological fabric. The graphic simplicity of his work has led to design commissions including most recently, street banners for the City of Torontoâ€™s Live with Culture campaign, and custom carpet designs for sourceUK.
The artists would like to thank the generous support and encouragement of Julie Nicholson and Shaun Moore of MADE.