Maya Ben David
Maddy Mathews & Cotey Pope
Maya Ben David
Maya: Cause for the first time in forever,
MBD: i'm such a fool i can’t be free,
Maya: you don’t have to be afraid,
MBD: no escape from the storm inside of me,
Maya: we can work this out together,
MBD: i can’t control the curse,
Maya: well reverse the storm you’ve made,
MBD: ohhh, Maya, please, you’ll only make it worse!
Maya: don't panic
MBD: there's so much fear!
Maya: we'll make the sun shine bright,
MBD: you're not safe here!
Maya: We can face this thing together,
Maya: we can change this winter weather,
Maya: And everything will be alrigh-
MBD: I CAN'T!
Samantha is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Florida. Since 2008, she has exhibited artworks across the United States and Germany. While in residency she intends to create a series of sculptures investigating precarity as a metaphor for the body in recovery expressing vulnerability and strength surrounding these times.
Emma Carney is an artist currently working in Toronto, Ontario. Her work on canvas explores themes of existentialism and announces elimination of gesture to interrupt the relationship between artist and medium. With precarity in mind, habits will be dissected to create a body of work that is unexpected and raw.
Adrienne Crossman is an artist based in Toronto. She holds a BFA in Integrated Media and has completed residencies in Syracuse, Montréal, and most recently Windsor, Ontario. Adrienne will be continuing work on Queer Planet, a body of work exploring queerness and non-normative spaces, while attempting to locate queer sensibilities in the everyday.
Brett Despotovich is a multi-disciplinary artist, producing work based in drawing, video, sound, sculpture, installation, as well as curatorial projects. For the Roundtable Residency he will create work informed by the migrations of artist and sub-cultures in Toronto since his arrival in 2001
Sanjit Dhillon is currently completing her BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University. Her multi-disciplinary studio and curatorial practice explore interpersonal relations as well as relations to the natural and built environment. Sanjit plans to use her time at Roundtable to study visual tropes used to build community in various GTA cultures and communities as a means of mark-making on new land.
sol Legault is a photo-based artist and photographic collections specialist based in Toronto. His work explores transformation, affect, identity, discomfort, queerness, photographic representation, gender, and the body. The project that sol will undertake at Roundtable is the continuation of a series of restaged childhood portraits that evoke and question ideas around identity.
My practice re-positions objects and issues of self through irreverent humour and a childlike constitution. By interrogating the ‘selfless’ service of objects and machinery, the intimacy between flesh body and plastic body, I expose humanity’s great weakness: convenience.
I'm a new media artist and writer. My interests are broad but my work most frequently addresses digital culture, epistemology, virtuality, accessibility, identity, modularity, uncertainty. I use technology to better understand the world around me, and to better articulate this to others. I think about data a lot.
Maddy Mathews & Cotey Pope
Maddy Mathews and Cotey Pope are two interdisciplinary artists who live and work in Toronto, Canada. Their work explores themes of site, time, personal narrative, and memory while also highlighting the absurdities of life through humour and abstraction. In this residency they aim to address the theme of precarity through sculpture, installation and performance.
Alison Postma is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph’s Studio Art Program. Her work fluctuates in between photography and sculpture with a focus on the way we experience spaces. During the Roundtable Residency she will explore this liminal space
Jonathan Rotsztain is a writer, cartoonist and graphic designer. His comics and performance art deal in ritual and self-esteem. During The Roundtable Residency, Rotsztain will focus on making autobiographical comics about class and privilege and video performance about the power of placebo.
I work across diverse media including projection art, video, performance and sculpture. I am particularly interested in shadows – as the space beyond light both visually (in terms of projection and illusion) and metaphorically (exploring dream worlds, death and shadow selves). At Roundtable I hope to continue my investigation of light and shadow play through interactive sculpture.
Luke Siemens is an artist and educator located in Toronto. He holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan, an MFA from York University and is currently a Sessional Instructor at OCAD University. Siemens works with drawing, digitally rendered images, and sculptural gestures to look at the difference between an experience and a constructed narrative. He is currently focused on facades and structures in the condominium market.
Robbie Sinclair works primarily with the photographic medium, and is most interested in a media’s ability to serve as a way of accessing information and recalling experience. Throughout the Roundtable Residency, Robbie will explore the presence of the male figure in the broader understanding of his own sexuality.
Smolkin’s practice comprises performance, video, and drawing. She engages audiences in humorous investigation of aspects of the ‘feminine’ that are generally undervalued and deemed ‘notserious,’ from family/interpersonal dynamics to fashion and popculture. She is excited to use this space and time at The Roundtable Residency to explore the themes of precarity and marginalization.
Maximilian Suillerot is a Franco-Mexican artist working in Toronto. His practice focuses on the duality of presence and absence. With this residency he will develop a new body of work questioning the past and focusing on the materiality of processed film in which reality allegedly finds truth
During the Roundtable residency I plan to expand upon the New Media practice which I developed while completing my MFA. The theme, precarity, is something already present within my work which I hope to look at more closely, not only in relation to people, but also contemporary objects and spaces.