Visual Arts

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QUINN ROCKLIFF:
ON HEALING THROUGH SELF-PORTRAITURE 

smART Magazine spoke with Quinn Rockliff, a feminist artist who’s work focuses on nude portraiture, about reclaiming her body after trauma through repetitive self-portraiture, and how she helps others do the same.

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FLOYD KUPTANA:
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF AN INDIGENOUS ARTIST 

It was really sad to see that he wasn’t able to overcome his struggles, but he left behind some of the most genuine and original works of art I’ve seen, in all my years in the art world. I think that his work should stand as a testament of his resistance to the forces that tried to erase his spirit and as a record of the existence of that spirit in the world during his lifetime.”

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BREE STALLINGS:
ARTIST AND COMMUNITY LEADER IN CHARLOTTE

“I always try to celebrate anything good happening for the community; so when I go for a mural and someone else gets it, that's good. I'm happy because that means that somebody is spending money on murals. [...] there's enough sunshine for all of us.”

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MAGICAL BONES:

ON BLACK MAGIC AND BLACK MAGICIANS

“The truth is that magic is an experience, and my personal belief is that it’s the experience of astonishment and wonder and that doesn’t only relate to just magicians, it can be to anyone. Anyone who can give you an experience of wonder...that’s magic.”

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KRISTY GORDON:

ON NEW  YORK VS. TORONTO

“In New York City I’m influenced by the artistic dialogues and conversations I have with artists, as well as by the work I see in museums and in commercial galleries in the Chelsea and Soho Gallery districts.”-Kristy Gordon

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"We survived this long, because we do adapt. Everything is an opportunity to learn and to change."

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SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION

RALPH REMINGTON - CULTURAL DIRECTOR

“My personal mantra is to try to give space and voice to marginalized and disenfranchised people, to provide a platform for them. To me, in this new role with SFAC, if we centre the BIPOC community then we are centring America, and ostensibly the globe as well.”

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MUSEUM OF AFRICAN DIASPORA

MONETTA WHITE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“In San Francisco, our artists and art institutions are expected to stand up and speak out towards injustice. San Francisco artists are simultaneously activists and contribute to the Bay Area’s extensive and progressive history of equity for all.”

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SOMArts

MARIA JENSON - CREATIVE & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“For some art it may not be as obvious, but the aim of an artists or activist is to create art that is a form of political and social currency, actively addressing cultural power structures rather than representing them or simply describing them.”

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ROOT DIVISION

MICHELLE MANSOUR - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“I think the convergence of the pandemic and more awareness of social justice has been really incredible in showcasing how artists are so great at being interpreters for really intense content and the ability of sharing that through their own lens.”

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GRAY AREA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

BARRY THREW - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“I don’t believe artists working with technology are necessarily taken “less seriously”, but I do think their work often resists categorization, and demands a lot of time, attention, and prior context from the viewer”

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IN FOCUS:

PETE DOOLITTLE - SAN FRANCISCO ARTIST 

“The candle's lit, but it’s flickering—the wind's got it a little bit. But I think the flame, as it always does, is gonna hold on. And if it goes out, someone's going to come and light it again, because it's San Francisco. And then it'll be time for the next round.”

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ART ON THEMART

CYNTHIA NOBLE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

"We’re unique in terms of the singularity of scale, and the outdoor location in the heart of the city. It is a city of neighbourhoods, where we can all convene together, an opportunity to be a place of convergence."

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HYDE PARK ARTS CENTRE

KATE LORENZ - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

"Our space is quite large so when looking for new work by 
Chicago- based artists, we are looking for artists who can take on very bold projects. Essentially we want to provide a platform to offer a pivotal moment for artists to allow them to do something they’ve never been able to do before."

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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
PIA KLEBER - CENTRE FOR COMPARITIVE LITERATURE

"I think that the Canadian government, the provincial and city – all governments – should understand how important art is. It’s vital for people at the moment when we are so isolated. I think they should support artists as much as they can."

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ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEM

JUDITH JOHN - VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

"I think we are all about connecting people, to history and each other. That is the role of a museum: you can walk through the halls of the ROM and see civilizations that have peaked and crumbled, but the remnants help you understand a kind of continuum."

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WINTER WONDERLAND
OLGA NOBATOVA - 3D VR ARTIST, SCULPTOR

 “As soon as we will have a universal augmented reality app for viewing art, this kind of AR exhibition will be everywhere. And I see how new VR and AR tools are being used for public art, like my animation for this piece was made in virtual reality.”

HIGHLIGHTS
FROM PAST
ISSUES

National Arts Centre
Orchestra

Alexander Neef

FFDN Festival

Route 66

Pia Kleber, UofT

Hyde Park Center

The Joffrey Balley

Chicago Symphony

Art on theMART

Josh Grossman

Dennis Watkins

Guillaume Côté

Barre Flow

Starry Opera Night

Saving Chagall