Marc Ngui, Magda Wojtyra, Claro Cosco, Sean Patenaude, Jace Traz
November 1-30, 2014
Opening reception: Tuesday, November 11, 5:00-7:00PM
Workman Arts “Pop-Up” Gallery, located on the grounds of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 1001 Queen Street West (at Gordon Bell Road). Short excerpts from the animation will also be shown at the TIFF Bell Lightbox prior to screenings.
Snoozeland is a collaborative installation that combines video, animation, found footage, drawing, audio and sculptural elements. Viewable from Queen Street and the CAMH grounds, this outdoor lightbox bursts with phantasmagoric whimsy. It is a peephole into the constructive processes of a dreaming mind. The central video projection displays the product of the fantastical internal workings of the sleeping entity. Meanwhile an assortment of ceramic and plush creatures staff the aging machinery that keeps the hallucinations going.
Inspired in part by the therapeutic device of the Snoezelen room – a therapeutic environment that soothes participants through calming stimulation – Snoozeland offers a bright oasis on the grounds of a hospital and a respite from the approaching winter.
Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra have been collaborating as Happy Sleepy since 2000. Educated as architects and self-taught in a wide range of skills, they make a wide variety of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, and immersive video installation. Their art has been shown in galleries in Canada, with the solo exhibition “Let’s Glow” at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery in 2012, and they have been gaining international attention for the “Yuuki Flower”, a textile sculpture that is part of the Field Trip Project exhibition, touring in Japan since 2012. The artists are based in Toronto.
Claro Cosco is an artist and letterpress printer. Working primarily in drawing, printmaking, video, and sculpture, he is interested in exploring embodiment and imaginative reality. He has exhibited in both Winnipeg and Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, the Harbourfront Centre, the AGO, and group video and print exhibitions that are touring inter/nationally. He enjoys making quilts, and has been writing down nearly all of his dreams for five years.
Jace Traz makes visablewith pens, digits, and petroleum. He makes audible art with strings, sticks, and Sara. His works are held private and institutional collections. Most recently his work appeared on prime time television show Risky Business. He is also currently writing and performing with his band All Dressed.
Sean Patenaude is a photographer, writer and educator. Sean began photographing in 1985 and has worked in the fields of portrait, wedding and industrial photography for clients as diverse as the Bronfman family, the Anne Murray Museum and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre. His photographs have been reproduced in books, magazines and online. Sean currently photographs people, places and things, many of them in Toronto, Canada.
Snoozeland was commissioned by Workman Arts for the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.