Project 31 features work by Elaine Waisglass and Jj Lee

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 4:00am

The Project 31 art auction features 42 works by OCAD University faculty and alumni. The proceeds (more than $400,000 in the past five years) are donated to various OCAD U programs and initiatives, as chosen by the artists. Two of the artists participating in this year’s sixth annual event are alumni Elaine Waisglass and faculty member Jj Lee.

Elaine Waisglass started her career as a visual artist, majoring in sculpture and fine arts at OCAD. Enchanted by the time she spent as a child in her grandmother’s flower garden, she restored the large garden in the house she and her husband bought in the 1990s. But it wasn’t until she saw a Monet painting at the AGO in 1998 that everything came together and she changed her artistic focus. Inspired by Monet, Waisglass began photographing the flowers in her garden and produced images that seem both photograph and painting at the same time. The deep colours and familiar shapes of the blossoms, arranged in the vases she collects, appear both hyper-real and surreal as they float, barely perceptibly, on the surfaces beneath them. Her technique, using digital brushes and digital paint, results in sculptural, almost three-dimensional images. Lee Waisglass is donating Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon, “David,” Lot 23) to Project 31, and she is directing the proceeds to OCAD U’s Photography program.

At first glance, some of Jj Lee’s paintings suggest a traditional Chinese motif, but within the wash of colours and images of birds and flowers, it’s clear that the Halifax-born-and-raised artist is re-interpreting Western and Chinese painting traditions. Combining precision and suggestion, traditional and unexpected images interrupt each other and draw the viewer into a landscape that is at once familiar, yet strange. Lee’s sensual paintings are a collage of identity markers and play with ideas of space and place. She uses a variety of materials, including oil, ink, crayon, chalk, gouache and pencil, and incorporates scientific and historical images from textiles, books and advertising to address notions of a hybrid identity. Jj Lee is directing the proceeds of her painting Two Blue Jays (oil on linen, Lot 32), to OCAD U’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives.

Tickets: $125
Group Discount Rates:
10 tickets at $115 per ticket; 20 tickets at $110 per ticket

When
Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:00 p.m. Art Preview and Reception
7:30 p.m. Live Auction

Where
OCAD University
The Great Hall, 2nd Level
100 McCaul Street,
Toronto, ON
www.ocadu.ca/project31

Contact
For more information, contact:
Emilia Ziemba
eziemba@ocadu.ca
416-977-6000 x 4883

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Project 31 Artwork - Waisglass
Project 31 Artwork - Two Blue Jays
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 4:00am

The Project 31 art auction features 42 works by OCAD University faculty and alumni. The proceeds (more than $400,000 in the past five years) are donated to various OCAD U programs and initiatives, as chosen by the artists. Two of the artists participating in this year’s sixth annual event are alumni Elaine Waisglass and faculty member Jj Lee.

Elaine Waisglass started her career as a visual artist, majoring in sculpture and fine arts at OCAD. Enchanted by the time she spent as a child in her grandmother’s flower garden, she restored the large garden in the house she and her husband bought in the 1990s. But it wasn’t until she saw a Monet painting at the AGO in 1998 that everything came together and she changed her artistic focus. Inspired by Monet, Waisglass began photographing the flowers in her garden and produced images that seem both photograph and painting at the same time. The deep colours and familiar shapes of the blossoms, arranged in the vases she collects, appear both hyper-real and surreal as they float, barely perceptibly, on the surfaces beneath them. Her technique, using digital brushes and digital paint, results in sculptural, almost three-dimensional images. Lee Waisglass is donating Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon, “David,” Lot 23) to Project 31, and she is directing the proceeds to OCAD U’s Photography program.

At first glance, some of Jj Lee’s paintings suggest a traditional Chinese motif, but within the wash of colours and images of birds and flowers, it’s clear that the Halifax-born-and-raised artist is re-interpreting Western and Chinese painting traditions. Combining precision and suggestion, traditional and unexpected images interrupt each other and draw the viewer into a landscape that is at once familiar, yet strange. Lee’s sensual paintings are a collage of identity markers and play with ideas of space and place. She uses a variety of materials, including oil, ink, crayon, chalk, gouache and pencil, and incorporates scientific and historical images from textiles, books and advertising to address notions of a hybrid identity. Jj Lee is directing the proceeds of her painting Two Blue Jays (oil on linen, Lot 32), to OCAD U’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives.

Tickets: $125
Group Discount Rates:
10 tickets at $115 per ticket; 20 tickets at $110 per ticket

When
Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:00 p.m. Art Preview and Reception
7:30 p.m. Live Auction

Where
OCAD University
The Great Hall, 2nd Level
100 McCaul Street,
Toronto, ON
www.ocadu.ca/project31

Contact
For more information, contact:
Emilia Ziemba
eziemba@ocadu.ca
416-977-6000 x 4883

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