Close Quarters

August 16-20, 2017
Close Quarters
Sydney Morrison, John David Holland, Brianna Tosswill, Renee Hayward

Opening reception on Wednesday, August 16 (5-7 pm)

Close Quarters marks the fourth collective endeavour of recent OCADU graduates Sydney Morrison, Renée Hayward, Brianna Tosswill and John David Holland. Presenting a multifaceted showcase of physical and cerebral study, the exhibition features an array of work including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. These works address the experience of transitioning through mental, physical and digital spaces. Specifically, what is means to be in Close Quarters: a term that differs with regard to public and private situations. Built on four unique perspectives, these artists express the comfort, anxiety, and energy that results from occupying such spaces.

Painting from personal photography, Sydney explores the psychological link between nostalgic spaces and constructed personhood. How much of our identity is built upon imagined versus physical spaces? Sydney's paintings suggest that we are so much more than where we reside; that the essence of sentimental spaces changes who we are while we linger on them.

Renée is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on natural sciences and history, both of which influence her observation and research-based practice. Building narratives for collections of objects, Renée explores and manipulates the relationship between everyday-items.

Brianna examines the way in which people reveal themselves to one another, and what aspects of their personality they present first and last. If the first thing that someone learns about you is the thing that you are most proud of, are they more likely to stay and learn more, than if the first thing they learn about you is the thing that you’re most ashamed of? In a consideration of emotional closeness Brianna draws symbolically dense portraits and experiments with covering and uncovering them.
John's inevitable relationship with technology has led to a process of painting derived from digital spaces. The  gestures of technology inform an abstraction that highlights our distortion of reality online. By clicking, swiping, tapping and layering physical media, he reinterprets features of digital spaces to inform a dialogue between online and offline selves.






Brianna Tosswill
John David Holland

Renee Hayward

Sydney Morrison




Sydney Morrison

sydneymorrison.com

Brianna Tosswill
briannatosswill.com

John David Holland
johndavidholland.com

Renee Hayward
reneehayward.com