April Hickox and Rafael Ochoa: Park Workers Exhibit @ Toronto Centre Island
April Hickox and Rafael Ochoa: Park Workers until Sept 15 @ Toronto Centre Island
A Photographic Installation by April Hickox and Rafael Ochoa -- Toronto Centre Island
Park Workers was produced over the past three years, and includes 90 portraits of workers performing all of the job functions of the park system. Forty of these life-size portraits currently are on exhibit as part of an outdoor installation on four sites across the Toronto Island. This work recognizes the workers as being unseen, doing their jobs on behalf of those who use the park, providing us with respite from city life. They are the unsung heroes who have made a life commitment to the land, investing themselves physically, emotionally, and at times spiritually, to the environment they nurture.
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Bio: April Hickox is a lens-based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on Toronto Island. An active community leader, she is a founding member of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and a founding member of Tenth Muse Photography Studio, and Artscape a Toronto-based organization for the development of creative spaces for artists. She has been actively producing artworks in photography, film, video and installation for over thirty-five years. April's work is based in narratives about life's passages as we move from one experience to the next, creating are own personal history and memory.
April is currently associate professor of photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, and is represented by Katzman Kamen Gallery.
Bio: Rafael Ochoa is a Toronto based artist. He received a BFA from OCADU in 2010 and an MFA from York University. Ochoa's images operate like dysfunctional museum vignettes. Informed by art history, he imbues his images with a contemporary newness of patterns and colours. With his elaborate sets Ochoa seems to act as a voiceless tour guide leading us through museum rooms, science labs and artist studios. His configurations don't strive to depict narrative, but rather offer perverse pleasure in perceiving curiosities. Rafael's work is available at Jamie Angell Gallery.
With the support of Galley 44 centre for contemporary photograph, the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council. Lamin-8, Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation, and the Ontario Arts Council.