The work of ALEANA EGAN which comprises sculptures, collages and drawings, evokes abstract forms and is made from simple, relatively raw materials (chosen for both their aesthetic qualities and inherent structural qualities, how they sit, fall, cut and are malleable) which she assembles and transforms using manual techniques such as dyeing and bonding.
Imagining shapes as traces and memories, she often relates her sculptures to the exhibition space by incorporating selected architectural features in a modified way into the formal structure of her works. It is often the gaps and impressions of architecture thatEGANfocuses on rather than the whole and as a result we are only offered glances: the sculptures attempting at something just previous to intellectualizing, a record of a first and initial response before complete understanding.
Toronto’s Doug Brown is a multi-disciplinary artist best known for his bold stencil-based works on paper, sculptures and oversized paintings that often take inspiration from mythology and folklore. Recently, he’s began to re-imagine the work of photographer Derek Kettela (who happens to be his brother). The collaborative works are stunning - they employ Kettela’s fashion portraits as base imagery which Brown reworks through adding graphic patterning which, in some of the pieces, almost feels as though it’s inspired by Ganado-style Navajo rugs.