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2014 MEDAL WINNER MIKE BADOUR, DRAWING & PAINTING

Mike Badour at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Mike Badour at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Juggler by Mike Badour.
Juggler by Mike Badour.

Mike Badour’s medal award-winning paintings explore the self as a metaphor of post-production, examining how difficult it is to make finite conclusions about subjective choices. Here’s how he describes his work:

The final body of work is titled Content Control. I created a modular language that was implemented into symbolic diagrams of informational systems. These are illustrated systems of interactions between humans and content in the age of information.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

My curiosity is my motivation.

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

I have come to the conclusion that I have a lot to learn.

What aspect of this project are you the most proud of?

I am glad I have formulated some difficult questions that can act as a good starting point for rationalizing why I would want to bring objects into being.

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

I was at working at A/V HelpDesk and I received a phone call announcing that I won the medal. I was very pleased and shared the moment with my co-workers over a beer after work.

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

I have very fond memories of establishing a great network of new friends that include peers and faculty and times spent working at A/V Helpdesk. I will miss the fabrication studios, a handful of books in the library and picking the brains of a couple of my favourite professors.

What are you planning to do next?

My plans are currently in motion. Painting most days in my studio and organizing group exhibitions locally and internationally with Carrier Arts Organization.

 




Mike Badour at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Juggler by Mike Badour.

Mike Badour’s medal award-winning paintings explore the self as a metaphor of post-production, examining how difficult it is to make finite conclusions about subjective choices. Here’s how he describes his work:

The final body of work is titled Content Control. I created a modular language that was implemented into symbolic diagrams of informational systems. These are illustrated systems of interactions between humans and content in the age of information.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

My curiosity is my motivation.

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

I have come to the conclusion that I have a lot to learn.

What aspect of this project are you the most proud of?

I am glad I have formulated some difficult questions that can act as a good starting point for rationalizing why I would want to bring objects into being.

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

I was at working at A/V HelpDesk and I received a phone call announcing that I won the medal. I was very pleased and shared the moment with my co-workers over a beer after work.

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

I have very fond memories of establishing a great network of new friends that include peers and faculty and times spent working at A/V Helpdesk. I will miss the fabrication studios, a handful of books in the library and picking the brains of a couple of my favourite professors.

What are you planning to do next?

My plans are currently in motion. Painting most days in my studio and organizing group exhibitions locally and internationally with Carrier Arts Organization.