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Through the Frame: April Winter’s Mesmerizing Photographs

Working in the Southern Gulf islands, April describes herself as a “high tech pioneer,” using advanced technology to capture profoundly timeless moments and create sets, “artificial environments,” that could be either from the past or future. Experimenting with the nature of embodiment, April’s photographs pass through frames of bodily and cognitive existence, at once isolated yet connected. Each photograph has its own mood. Having worked in many environments, from taking photos at night in Toronto, living mountainous in Kaslo, and spending time at the beach, April expresses her enthusiasm and excitement about creating futuristic vistas and exploring new terrains, offering ways out of, and into the human psyche.

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MEET EMMA MIKELBERG

EM: I would say I have a lot of different artistic influences. Some of my favourite artists include Cindy Sherman, Frida Kahlo, John Revill and Ricardo Cavolo. I take different inspiration from each, whether it’s their eye-catching use of colour, interesting twist on their subjects, or bold decision to create something unique. I think my style has been inspired by bits and pieces of many different movements as well, but most notably Fauvism, Pop Art and Street Art. I also consume a lot of art through Instagram which I find to be a really helpful resource for discovering cool new artists. Some of my current favourites who have definitely provided artistic inspiration are Tishk Barzanji (@tishkbarzanji, surrealist dreamscapes), Caitlyn Grabenstein...

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Being Human in an Inhumane Time

The exhibition exists within the non-profit online art space, Art at a Time Like This, created by independent curators Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen back in March 2020. The platform encourages artists to virtually share work that responds to current events taking place during COVID-19, allowing those involved to express their emotions, opinions, and outrage through art.   

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MEET ALEX JENSEN

Jensen's practice engages with themes of memory, popular media, relationships to others, and queer identity. Ideas of the self and identity are central to his work, and he aims to create a space for both contemplation and connection with others. He primarily works with image-based media including photography, videography, printmaking, and intermedia sculpture. To celebrate the launch of his work on our site (though some of you may have caught a sneak peek at Sweetpea Loves You!), we asked him some questions to get to know him better.   SP: What do you most love about the work you have created? AJ: Love is a strong word... I tolerate my artwork. SP: What's the one subject matter you are intimidated to explore in...

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Cassia Powell Merges Old and New, Space and Emotion, Digital and Physical in her Virtual Sims Galleries

Amidst the global pandemic, Cassia Powell has built an entirely digital universe using basic air-brush tools, 3D blender models, and The Sims virtual reality, transcending the need for a physical space to exhibit their work. In their Ugly Feelings series (2020), Powell creates vibrant portraits and collages which they upload into The Sims and display in a virtual exhibition. Sims 3 Exhibition extends beyond traditional conceptions of art and curation, where Powell puts their constructed exhibition on display as a work of art itself. 

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