Accidentally Perfect

Artists: Stan Krzyzanowski and Jeff Winch
Curated by Sophia Zheshui Lin

September 16 to October 8, 2010

Opening reception on Friday, September 24 @ 7pm

Artist Talks and Workshops on Saturday, September 25 @ 2pm

Accidentally Perfect is part of Culture Days.



Accidentally Perfect celebrates artists who observe and break down ordinary experiences, look for perfection in places we have ignored, while questioning the persistent behaviours of both nature and humanity. 

It takes place in Ed Video Media Arts Centre, an important media art hub in the city of Guelph.  Ed Video’s experimental mandate serves as a context for two artists, Stan Krzyzanowski and Jeff Winch, who have established a complementary focus working together to explore two vital elements of our daily experience: nature and culture. New works in the fields of interactive installations, photography, and new media explore our environment and lifestyle, while striving to learn and question the habitual behaviours of both nature and humanity.  

The unlikely palette of urban forest gleaning, the daily realities of indoor living space, the ever-evolving and increasingly present computer, and the intricate workings of inner human desire all provide inspiration for the artists.  Krzyzanowski and Winch create art in a distinctly down-to-earth art genre, reflecting everyday discovery and an on-going, constant learning process.  The creation of this art raises important questions about the problematic nature of our capitalist world.  For these pieces the artists have abandoned the traditional studio practice and instead they create work on location at any time as as they encounter inspiration.

The three-week exhibition includes an artist talk and workshops on new media hosted by the artists. The event is free, and all ages are welcome. Snacks and drinks are also provided. Accidentally Perfect is part of Culture Days.


Bios

Stan Krzyzanowski is a multimedia artist living in Toronto. His research frequently investigates trees, growth, and the changeable nature of wood. He also has a strong interest in experienced-based learning and process-based work, often involving photographic and video time studies. He regularly documents events considered ordinary and mundane with meticulous care and attention to detail.  
During the past decade, Stan’s work has branched into electronics and online projects. His "Interval” website, a massive online archive of video-work generated from his observations, is one of the most comprehensive compilations of time-lapse, stop-motion, interval-based photography authored by a single individual available on the web. Stan is an Associate Professor at OCAD University. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (’77) and holds a Masters in Education from Brock University. He has taught at OCAD University since 1982.
http://webspace.ocad.ca/~stan/

Jeff Winch is an independent artist who produces films, videos, photography and installations. He has exhibited internationally at festivals and galleries, and his award-winning films and videos have been screened at numerous festivals and broadcast around the world. His latest multi-screen installation, BLUE, received sponsorship from Samsung Canada.
Jeff has also been the recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the National Film Board of Canada, LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto) and DFAIT (the Department of Foreign Affairs). He currently lives and works in Toronto.
http://www.jeffwinch.com/


Sophia Zheshui Lin is an interdisciplinary artist and an independent curator. Her works have been shown in the first Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto, the Gladstone Hotel, Art Square Gallery, Board of Directors, the Distillery District and Roadside Attractions. She has assisted and curated numerous projects in commercial galleries, artist-run centers and non-profit art galleries. Her latest curatorial project was Presently Absent at the Toronto Free Gallery. Sophia co-founded the 2+ Studio. She now lives and works in Toronto and Shanghai.

http://slinart.blogspot.com/

Click here to see the catalogue for Accidentally Perfect (available at Ed Video for $15)


Click here to see an animation of Stan Krzyzanowski's 'Pine Cone Wall' (high-resolution video, may take a few minutes to load)