NUIT ROSE is back for its fifth festival with the theme UNBOUND. This year, NUIT ROSE returns to Artscape Youngplace with a major group exhibition of painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture.
Exhibition: June 13th – June 23rd, 1st 2nd and 3rd floor hallway galleries.
FIERCE focuses on the struggle to find courage to continue. The artist’s strategy in this work is to visualize not the pain, but the inspiration to fight it. When creating these images, Lloyd moves them through the halves of her brain much like the blood moves through the heart.
Sue Lloyd is a Toronto-based artist working with lens-based and hand-made images, using elements that are her own as well as other people’s. She is interested in visual imagery as text, icon and vocabulary. She recombines pictorial elements to make sentences and to communicate thoughts. Lloyd is fascinated by how pictures are simultaneously silent and deeply articulate.
I want to engage the audience in questions around different bodies and varying experiences of perception both internally and from the outside. This project plays with the invisibility of things, what we see and don’t see, or perhaps what we show/ don’t show and the discomfort of that. This piece also is an exploration around mental health along with what we define as beautiful or ugly or both.
Trans artist Sonny Bean’s art explores the varying experiences that come with moving through diﬀerent countries, cultures and bodies. Their work explores the stories we hold in our bodies, the stories we are told and not told, and the ones we take on as our own, deconstructing gender, mental health and identity, along with the multiple layers that come with that.
Silence Of The Femmes is a trans QPOC compilation of traditional femme aesthetic and twisted DIY trash art. Using almost entirely recycled materials, Silence Of The Femmes cleanses clothes stained with makeup and hand sews them into various quilts. Quilts are framed in glossy hot pink vintage frames with femme tools like razor blades, mascara and lipstick wands, shaved Barbie heads, condoms, and cigarette butts.
Ruben Llanillos is a trans femme QPOC artist. Their work embodies ‘traditional’ femme aesthetic with a twisted and absurd lens and analyzes homonormative ‘inclusive’ spaces and strives to dismantle racism in the LGBTTQ* community. They have a background in zine culture and their principle zine is titled GRRRLFAG DRAMAZINE!!!!
Tryst Pic is a portrait project utilizing popular location-based “hookup” apps such as Grindr, Scruff and Hornet. This endeavour aims to repurpose the meaning of a random “hookup,” the photographer and subject in a non-sexual context through the art of portraiture. The “hookups” range from a few minutes to a few hours, all taking place within the subject’s personal space, using only natural and available light.
Adam Moco, a Toronto-based freelance photographer. He has created a reputation for himself as a well-versed photographer with an elegant and sensible style. His photography explores his passion of portraiture, and exploration of self, inspired by the natural beauty of the subject.
This photographic essay explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages fourteen to twenty-four, identifying as queer. Portraits are presented without judgment or stereotype by eliminating environmental influence with a stark white backdrop. This backdrop acts as a blank canvas, where each subject’s personal thoughts are handwritten onto the final photographic print.
Rachelle Lee Smith an award-winning and internationally shown photographer based in Philadelphia, whose work in Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus combines her passions for activism and photography. The decade long project will be available as a book this fall.
An interactive kinetic chair sculpture, under which seat is a metal phallus with a rack and pinion mechanism that runs along its shaft. This mechanism is connected to a circular crank on the side, and when turned, causes the phallus to lift up and down between the legs of the seated person. It’s manual operation, look and proportions suggest that it could be either a medieval torture device or a fun party gag.
Robert Donnelly is a multidisciplinary artist practicing in Toronto. The work Donnelly creates is informed by an installation practice involving performance, mechanics, video and text. He has studied fine art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, receiving a BFA in 2011.
The Icons and Demigods series is an on-going project of pop and counter-culture images from the second half of the 20th century that have shaped artist and chameleon Michael Venus’ (and his drag alter ego Miss Cotton’s) work. Inspired by real life and fictional iconic characters, the Photographs serve as a time capsule that captures the essence of familiar imagery while dealing with issues of gender, sexuality, celebrity and more.
Michael Venus is a Canadian artist, actor and producer. He is one of the founding members of the House of Venus, a collective responsible for various art shows and events, including Wiggle, the annual wearable art and wig festival. In the mid 90’s Michael beggar working as his drag alter ego, Miss Cotton, participating in a large number of festivals, shows, and television work. Venus is one of the creative minds behind the first LGBT sketch comedy series, House of Venus Show.
These works address issues related to HIV/AIDS, sex-gender, LGBT rights and freedom of expression, as well as issues that have been impinging negatively in the lives of LGBT individuals and communities around the world such as; homophobia, heterosexism and hetero-normativity.
Eliud & Israel are Mexican-Canadian artists based in Toronto. They both hold Bachelors degrees in fine arts from Mexican institutions. Eliud is also a graduate of OCADU. Eliud and Israel are committed to issues relevant to the LGBT community, which they express in their artistic endeavors.
This body of work offers a tender and intimate look into the life of the artist, who documents personal relationships, by photographing former and current lovers. Hovey collects the photos to remember their time together. This series is not about any of the men in particular, although Hovey is the common thread.
Matt Hovey is a photographer originally from Vermont, USA. Hovey’s work explores different types of relationships: between the photographer and the model, to one’s self, nature, etc. Next year he will complete his BFA in Photography at Concordia University in Montreal.