Past the ice-cream cooler, the chip aisle, the puppy chow, the crate with a few mewling and adoptable kittens, in the very back of Wyndham St. Convenience is a vast and shining gallery. Like other hybrid creatures—wyvern, gryphon, chimera—it has a distinct aura of the mythological. Born from an increased rent for increased space situation, the gallery makes the most of a rock and a hard place. In the white glow, four emerging artist-alchemists gather. Patrick Cruz investigates the local’s role in de-colonizing a larger power by making art from the odds and ends left lying around, giving towels and cardboard a soul. Victoria Day prints hybrid identities: snake heads, dragonfly wings, goat hooves—exquisite corpses fixed by thin steel pins. Juliane Foronda imbues the plastic shopping bags, rolls of tape, dowels, and eye hooks of dollar store home improvement with their own lives and loves. Samuel de Lange experiments with expired polaroids and DIY film development to hypothesize about light, archive, and apocalypse. As we tread carefully, disoriented, between two worlds, these four artists make something from nothing, turning lead into gold.
Patrick Cruz negotiates the facility of intuition through his multi-disciplinary practice. Meditating between the personal and the political, his profusive work engages in notions of displacement, transnationalism and the implications of the ever pervasive global cult.
Victoria Day’s interdisciplinary practice examines themes of duality, transformation, and the self. Often drawing on intrapersonal study she attempts to navigate an understanding of the many nuances of identity. She uses her prints, drawings and sculptures to dissect and inspect, to isolate and expand, to examine and interpret these idiosyncrasies.
Juliane Foronda is a multidisciplinary artist from Manila, currently based in Toronto. Her object-based practice ranges from sculpture, collage, video, photography and installation. Her constructions attempt to find a familiarity and dialogue between inanimate objects. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph in 2013.
Samuel de Lange works with photographs, light-sensitive material, film, and video to create spaces which consider the cognitive and material lives of images. His work is informed by research surrounding alternative narratives of photographic history, alchemy, and dystopic visions of the future. In 2014 he was the national winner of the BMO 1stArt! prize. de Lange lives and works in Toronto.