2017

Maddie Alexander

Julia Dickens

Hannah Epstein

Emily Harrison

Emerson Maxwell

Emily Moriarty

Sophia Oppel

Cadence Planthara

Wei Qi

Sam Roberts

Lauren Runions

Blair Swann

Polina Teif

Zhizi Wang

Xuan Ye

Maddie Alexander

Maddie Alexander is a Canadian artist practicing in Toronto who recently completed their BFA in Photography at OCADU. Their practice is multidisciplinary but manifests mainly in moving or still image, text, and installation. Their work combines gesture + language to explore narratives around queer identity, intersectional feminist discourse, and mental illness.

Julia Dickens

Julia Dickens is a visual artist, illustrator and sometimes curator living and working in Toronto. Her practice involves 2D drawing and painting, printmaking, installation, animation and murals.

Hannah Epstein

Raised in Nova Scotia, Hannah Epstein (AKA hanski), is of mixed Latvian and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. She has studied philosophy, folklore, religion and art, extracting narrative processes to inform an art practice, spanning mediums from textile to video games. She is currently completing her MFA at Carnegie Mellon University.

Emily Harrison

Emily Grace Harrisonʼs practice examines everyday materiality and consumer pop culture. Her humorous, site-specific installations sit at the intersection of painting,

collage and sculpture/installation. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Harrison is based in Toronto. She graduated from the Drawing and Painting program at OCAD

University in 2017.

Emerson Maxwell

Emerson Maxwell (b.1993) is an interdisciplinary artist working in digital media and installation. Interested in finding accessible entrance points to complex networks,

Maxwell combines archived, generated, and artist-made imagery, mediated through technologies and digital media. Maxwell graduated with his BDes from OCAD University in 2015. He works in Toronto, ON.

Emily Moriarty

Emily Moriarty is a Toronto based artist working in performance sculpture and photography. Her work aims to obscure the boundaries between art and life through boredom ritual sports and games. She holds a BFA from OCADU. She will be attending the University of Guelph for her MFA in Fall 2017.

Sophia Oppel

Sophia Oppel’s work addresses the position of insidious, hegemonic power embedded in networked existence. Oppel’s practice is based in digital media and interactive

installations; employing algorithms, web applications and software pre-sets as subject matter, she attempts to deconstruct the implicit assumptions that are imposed upon users.

Cadence Planthara

Cadence Planthara is an artist and craftsperson who works across media from painting and ceramics to photography, performance and dance. Her research and art work explores affect, diaspora, and the lived (ambiguously racialized) body.

Wei Qi

Wei Qi multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Toronto. She received her BFA from OCAD University in 2017, majoring in Drawing and Painting. Currently, her work depicts harmony and disturbance through painting and installation work, exploring turbulent undercurrents hidden under a calm, composed surface.

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts is a recent OCADU graduate who focuses on how miserable it is to have an art practice. His work is multi media and often uses a combination of humor and

gimmicks to express his self destructive philosophies.

Lauren Runions

Lauren Runions is a contemporary dance artist, choreographer and teacher based in Toronto. She is a graduate of the Performance Dance Studies at George Brown College. Lauren is the artistic director of I/O Movement, a contemporary dance project joining body and site.

Blair Swann

Blair Swann is a Toronto-based artist and curator. His work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, and internationally, and his work is held in private collections. Recent curatorial projects include Ghost Story, a group exhibition at XPACE Cultural Centre, and The Door, a new public art space.

Polina Teif

Polina Teif is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and filmmaker. She received her  BFA from the University of Toronto with emphasis on Visual Studies and Semiotics and currently pursuing an MFA in Film Production at York University.

Zhizi Wang

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Xuan Ye

Xuan Ye is the prototype of many objects, one of which is a.pureapparat.us. Disquieting the infrastructure of poiesis, a.pureapparat.us and its etceteras vacillate within the spectrum of the habitual, the unusual, the perpetual, and the ephemeral.