Reception: August 16th 6pm-9pm
What is the significance of the material things we keep? What do objects mean to us? Objects can simultaneously represent a presence and an absence, hold memories, and sentimental value to people and times which have passed. Using the medium of the paper arts, Lost and Found touches on the body and memory, and calls attention to the emotional value and impact of found objects. Through the acts of making and re-contextualization, the significance and value of these found objects shifts. Hosted in Artscape Youngplace’s first floor Hallway Gallery, Lost and Found features the work of three artists who are a part of Paperhouse Studio’s Membership Program. The artists have incorporated found footage, experimental photography processes, metal and wire, handmade papers, and more.
Lost and Found is Paperhouse Studio’s first Members show. Paperhouse Studio’s Membership Program aims to encourage diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility, following a pay-what-you-can model. Members have access to studio facilities, discounts on supplies and classes, access to Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists’ Guild’s Open Studio workshops, and more.
Paperhouse Studio offers a Work Exchange Membership, a volunteer-for-rent program. The goal is for volunteers to develop arts based work experience and have access to studio space. For every 2 hours of volunteer time, members get 1 hour of personal studio time.
Image: Elspeth Wood “Facts and Fiction” Van Dyke photo prints, 2016
Paperhouse Studio is an experimental arts studio rooted in paper as the medium. We strive to create an approachable, educational, and playful environment for artists, to encourage accessibility and inclusiveness, and to share our space and expertise in order for artists to experiment and explore new ideas in their work.
For more information visit: https://paperhousestudio.com
Paperhouse Studio Membership Program: https://paperhousestudio.com/membership/become-a-member/
Elspeth Wood –
I am a part time student at OCADU and at the Toronto School of Art. I have a small darkroom in my basement in Muskoka. When I first moved out of the city, I took many shots of old farm buildings in various states of decrepitude. I thought about the narrative of the families that had lived there.
More recently I am interested in making photos in the sunlight or in the full moonlight.
Jill Smith –
Jill Smith is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Ontario (b. 1995). Her most recent work explores everyday absurdity, as well as the connective possibilities of materiality. By re-contextualizing familiar motifs with organic, bodily forms, her work calls into question how one both exists and performs as a social body. While Smith’s work stimulates the imagination through whimsical and nonsensical colour and form, it is the relatable, yet ambiguous materiality that offers a platform to question the familiar, and escape to the alien and the uncanny.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors Specialization in Studio Art) at Western University in London, Ontario. Her work includes printmaking, ceramics, photography, and painting, relying heavily on experimentation and process. Smith has exhibited her work in galleries across Ontario, such as the Artlab Gallery, Forest City Gallery, The Arts Project, Open Studio, Earl Selkirk Gallery at ARTiculations, and Daniels Spectrum, as well as Friends and Neighbours Gallery in Montreal, Quebec. She has participated in artist residency programs including Sparkbox Studio (Picton, ON), AGA Lab (Amsterdam, NL), and Luminous Bodies (Toronto, ON).
James Spyker –
James Spyker is a book binder and box maker.