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Emerging artists, photographers, designers and filmmakers showcase talents

Emerging artists, photographers, designers and filmmakers showcase talents

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

SOLE Alternative artists recently took their work out of the classroom and into the Toronto art scene. Visual art, photography, graphic design, and film from SOLE students were featured at the Rebellion Gallery from June 4-10, with an opening night gala held on Thursday, June 4 from 7-11 pm and featuring film screenings, refreshments, and a live DJ. 

The pieces spanned genres, styles, and themes, drawing inspiration from historical art movements, street art, and contemporary youth culture. The diverse work featured included painting, sculpture, assemblage, photography, photo manipulation, and time-based media. 

"These young artists have been inspired by graffiti, pop art, Dada and Surrealism, fashion, and music to create work that is fresh, innovative, and challenging," said Principal Kim McLaren. Several pieces have already made a stir, including The Toronto Transit Race, a documentary by Casey Cain and Matthew Paul that was featured in NOW Magazine and on CBC French Radio. McLaren said that other works, like the large-scale paintings inspired by the recent Basquiat show at the AGO, tackle provocative issues of identity, social justice, and mental illness.

“Sometimes I really worry that history will repeat itself,” says Enjhane Wright, a Grade 12 student whose painting addresses issues of racism. “Making art is a way of drawing attention to my concerns.”

For SOLE students, whether they pursue the arts as a career or a hobby, this was a chance to showcase their creative talents for a broader audience and experience firsthand the challenges and opportunities of the art world. 

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