Main Space + Project Room
June 8-August 3, 2019
MAIN SPACE Catastrophe, Memory and Reconciliation
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
As a native of El Salvador living in the diaspora, Ramirez Castillo uses drawing as his primary tool for storytelling to deploy elements found in pre-Hispanic mythology, Salvadoran popular folklore and iconography sourced from North American vernacular culture. His studio process is a constant act of revision that manipulates appropriated imagery into personal mythic narratives in a multi-layered fashion.The human body is used as a symbol and site for trauma in reference to personal and collective experiences of war and loss that marked El Salvador during the civil war years in the 1980s- a time that the artist and his family lived through, and as a result of which, immigrated to Canada.
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design and obtained his MFA degree at Concordia University. He has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally in venues such as The International Print Centre in New York, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Sur Gallery in Toronto, The Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas and La Halle de Saint Pierre Museum, France among others.
Soyeon Cho’s imaginative and colourful assemblages incorporate everyday materials such as Q-tips, plastic forks, clear tapes, artificial flowers and parts of household goods to reflect on our relationship to these consumer products and the underlying implications on nature and the environment By revealing a hidden magical universe within these seemingly mundane objects she attempts to demonstrate the unending ability of the human mind to re-imagine and re-create its world through utopian landscapes.
Soyeon Cho lives and works in Toronto. She completed an MFA at Seoul National University, South Korea, and the School of Visual Arts, USA. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including MASS MoCA, North Adams USA, Museum of Arts and Design, NY, USA, Seoul Arts Center, Korea and the 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.