JJ Lee

My paintings connect and re-interpret Western and Chinese painting traditions. I appropriate colonial, scientific, historical and medical images from textiles, botanical illustrations, advertising and acupuncture charts to create undefined environments.These diverse sources signify the barrage and collision of disparate ideas of twenty-first century life.Through this process I look at the intersection of culture and hybrid identities.

Morphogenetic Fields

Morphogenetic Fields
Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 4:00am

There will be approximately 15 mixed-media works (colour lithographs and acrylic painting, on fine archival paper); each work is 30” x 40” before framing. The works are named serially, “Morphogenetic Field No 1”, “Morphogenetic Field No 2”, and so on. As well, as a centerpiece for the show, there will be a large painting on canvas, entitled “Release,” which has been created in 2008 over the course of several months using Bikkers’ painstaking micro-brushstrokes and complex layering.

There is a marked consistency of project and sensibility that connects the dots of the graceful trajectory that is Rudolf Bikkers’ unique art. But the subject matter of his dreamings of the bio-fantastic has evolved. The preoccupation in earlier work tended to be with the inner life of the microscopic organism, including morphogenesis (intra-organism biological processes that generate tissue shape and biological form in plant and animal embryos). In the last several years, Bikkers has become fascinated by hypotheses that morphogenesis may either exist as a phenomenon, or be extended as a metaphorical idea, beyond the physical to the psychic realm and beyond the single organism to inter-organism connectedness. Influenced by the ideas and writings of biologist and philosopher Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Bikkers’ new series of work engages the premise that “morphogenetic fields” may explain how knowledge can be transmitted between organisms and why behaviour based on that knowledge can be quite suddenly widely emulated within a species, despite there being no known physical connection or communication linking an initial setting (in which knowledge and associated behaviour are first generated) and a new setting (in which they appear, inexplicably, to be replicated). At their most far-reaching, hypotheses of “morphic resonance” postulate not only spiritual interconnections between beings but also the cumulative development of a collective consciousness as morphogenetic fields interact – with existing fields folding into emerging fields and new fields building on older ones.

Rudolf Bikkers is a Toronto-based printmaker, painter, and Professor of Printmaking at OCAD. Born in Hilversum, the Netherlands, his arts education involved both the visual arts and music.

Venue & Address: 
Craig Scott Gallery 95 Berkeley Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
info@craigscottgallery.com
Cost: 
Free

Perfect Domain

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 4:00am

Alex McLeod, Anna Pantchev, David Kopulos, Monica Figueredo and Rachel MacFarlane present work that explores illusionary and physical spatial territories in conventional and unconventional painting media.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 285 Dundas Street West, 1st Floor, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
cswiderski@ocad.ca/ldsmith@ocad.ca
Cost: 
Free

Elena Viltovskaia & Shea Chang

Elena Viltovskaia & Shea Chang
Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 11:00pm to Friday, October 26, 2007 - 1:00am

Alumni Elena Viltovskaia and Shea Change present an exhibition of new works, some collaborative.

Their mixed media/collage paintings are currently on display in Yorkville in the RE/MAX Unique Office at 101 Yorkville (at Bellair).

Venue & Address: 
RE/MAX Unique Office 101 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
elena@viltovskaia.com
Cost: 
Free