Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gender Archaeology Opens Oct. 3rd.

Come and see work by students from Martingrove Collegiate Institute, TDSB!
Gender Archaeology
Opening Oct 3rd, 2011, 6-7.30pm
Exhibit Runs: Oct. 3-29th
2nd Floor Hallway at OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Teacher: Christina Yarmol, WIAprojects Intern & Curatorial Assistant: Irena Radic
Christina Yarmol, Head of Visual Arts, Photography, Graphics, Film and Video at Martingrove Collegiate Institute met and paired with Irena Radic a recent fine arts graduate from York University through the WIAprojects teaching mentoring/internship program. Through this collaboration the project “Gender Archaeology” was born. The concept of this project was to get the students thinking about gender and how it relates to work both in and out of the domestic sphere while learning the practical skills of intaglio printmaking. The students were asked to think about how their own lived-experience and those of their families related to work both inside and outside of home. They were to represent the types of work performed using an image or images of tools used in that work. In three panels , they were to represent themselves, and their mothers and fathers or caregivers. The students were encouraged to examine notions of both traditional and non-traditional gender roles and types of work and how this might guide their own lives and those of their families. The resulting delicate images were created on a small scale and show an immense amount of finely detailed line. This intimate format draws the viewer into the compositional space and encourages him/her to ask questions about the tool selections depicted in each print. Delicate Chine collĂ© additions adorn several of the works adding a colorful dimension to these intaglio prints.