Curatorial Statement : Matthew Kyba

In order to forge ahead into the great beyond, artwork must have the ability to not only alter but positively change personal consciousness. Good contemporary art functions as tools for perspective-shifts and empathetic experiences. Through the collected artists, each aims to produces different planes of understanding of personal and shared narratives, consciousnesses , and states-of-being. Taking advantage of contemporary technology and artistic process, Dagmara Genda conflates digital and natural environments to question our consciousness of surrounding environments. Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe often collaborate on interventions that disrupt the binary between ritual and conscious living, exemplifying how small and large art installations have the power to make you rethink the everyday. Caitlin Lapena appropriates found magazine materials from the 1970s and 80s fashion styles to create eerie faceless figures, complete with weapons and bandages. Her work investigates the media portrayal of the feminine form, voyeurism, and even collage practice in order to critically assess these aspects in art.

Nathan Piquette-Miller’s unique blend of experimental video-art, photography, and foreboding audio installations focus on returning to the concretely visual and immersive media art practices. In my conversations with him, he communicated that he strives to create accessible and engaging artworks that focus on effective experience. His practice tests the limit of new consciousness through the sheer visual stimuli and audio experience that each viewer engages with.

Each artist evolves the future of art in different but relevant ways. In order to expand into new consciousness, their practices’ test the limits of different thematic understandings.

BIO: Matthew Kyba is an independent curator currently living in Toronto, ON. He graduate with an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD U.

Q&A : Caitlin Lapena

May 13, 2016 Matthew Kyba 0

I think my perception about art has been influenced somewhat from education, but I have spent more time unlearning what I was taught. I believe my best work is created when I am not thinking […]

Q&A : Dagmara Genda

May 13, 2016 Matthew Kyba 0

Q)  Can you please briefly touch upon your practice as it relates to your consciousness? How has it been altered and shaped through the evolution of your artistic practice? For me, making art is about […]

Q&A : Anna J Eyeler and Nicolas Lapointe

May 13, 2016 Matthew Kyba 0

Q) Within your works, the binary between organic and inorganic is present. How does this relationship operate vis-a-vis and within your understanding of society? Nicolas: Recently, I have focused my research on notions of simulation, […]

Nathan Piquette-Miller

May 13, 2016 Matthew Kyba 0

To define Nathan Piquette-Miller’s work is to enter into a visual journey of pure aesthetic sublime. After recently completing his Oculus Sinister (2016, shown at OCAD University), his signature style of surreal images, engrossing audio, […]

Slippery Icons a Conversation with Catherine Opie

October 2, 2015 Matthew Kyba 1

Psychology Tomorrow Magazine’s Art Curator, Matthew Kyba, in a phone conversation with Catherine Opie about her practice. Please find their edited interview, touching on topics of sexuality, identity, contemporary photography, and her historic work. What are […]

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