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Sulcs, Aida
Your Own Grad School Your Own Grad School
2015 2015

Seated figures ground a field of swirling lines and bustling bodies in this piece by Kingston artist, Aida Sulcs. They sit grouped amid pedestrians photocopied and montaged from a busy street scene of downtown Toronto. With layered media on paper and combined source images, Sulcs Illustrates a moment of intense discussion, while suggestions of streetcar tracks and overhead wires create a visual dialogue of their own. Letraset phrases including “thought manifest in form circulates” and “an ethereal and emotive set of relations” evoke a sense of active conversation. Graphite lines, curving in divergent vertical and horizontal directions, flow into the artist’s handwriting, which names several of the figures in the space. This mixed media work by Kingston-based artist, Aida Sulcs, centres upon a meeting of Your Own Grad School (Y.O.G.S.) at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, with fellow artists including Joan Scaglione, Kevin Rodgers, Anna Elmberg Wright, Shalon Webber-Heffernan, Tara MacDougall and Andrew Rabyniuk. Y.O.G.S. provides workspace and networking opportunities to help artists take charge of their art, lead their own studies and develop their practices. Sulcs integrates multiple layers in this poetically charged composition, which, in its chaotic coherence, can be read as a metaphor for the complexities, challenges and inspirations of collectivity.

 
Sulcs, Aida
Oxford, England 1954 Oxford, England 1954
Your Own Grad School Your Own Grad School
2015 2015
mixed media (graphite, photocopy, vinyl lettering, gel medium, spray fixative) on paper mixed media (graphite, photocopy, vinyl lettering, gel medium, spray fixative) on paper
122.0 x 182.2 cm
Purchase, J. Stuart Fleming Fund, 2016 Purchase, J. Stuart Fleming Fund, 2016
59-005

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