Object of Affection

Object of Affection

Stacie Ant, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Alisson Escobar, Holly Jo, Elizabeth Khan.
Curated by Michelle Cieloszczyk


Opening Reception: Sept. 6, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: September. 3rd – 13th, 2018


In Object of Affection womxn lead narratives about the gaze, media and pop culture, fetishization, and representation. This exhibition ponders who or what is loved and praised and in what condition affections might be received. The expression and externalization of such emotions are complicated through interpretations of them as potentially one-sided or unsolicited. What is the boundary between a gentle feeling of fondness, and an infatuation which flattens and denies its recipient subjecthood? A dissection of the teen drama The O.C., the figure of Keanu Reeves as Neo from the Matrix, and a ‘smiling’ backlit dental X Ray seated in an armchair, these works uniquely sieve patriarchal behaviours, influences, or effects. Artworks included feature photography, 3d animation, sculpture, and installation.’


About the Artists:


HollyJo is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist, working mainly in mould-making, material casting, ceramics and performance. She is presently completing her BFA at OCADU in sculpture, installation, and material arts. HollyJo’s work explores themes of intimate vulnerabilities, bodily integrity and play as sources of empathic healing and locating community. She finds solace in the process of making while contemplating notions of emotional atmospheres, memory, trauma, mourning, identity and rituals that celebrate impermanence.


Born in Bogotá, Colombia. Alisson Escobar is a mythopoeic transmedia artist + art worker living and operating in Toronto, Canada. Their work explores the internal drives and external influences that shape identity as a Colombian first-generation immigrant in North America. Escobar’s work exists in the digital wilderness, a place where finishes, effects, surfaces, and algorithms demonstrate the complexity of the medium. Their work is concerned with the power of images, technology and the degree to which we are shaped by consumer capitalist culture and mass media.
Through their work, they attempt to engage and interact with the public by creating, facilitating or collaborating in shared experiences.
They hold a BFA with an honorable mention from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.


Elizabeth Khan is a first generation Canadian queer and brown artist. They/she create gender-fluid bodies of works influenced by poetry and performance. They have completed an advanced diploma in Fashion Arts and Communications and they are currently completing a BFA in Integrated Media in Toronto. Their works have been signifiers of mental health, identity and socio-political discourses that are heavily impacted by social media and the internet. With the use of digital and ephemeral platforms via URL’s and IRL, the immediacy of information can be translated throughout many variables of online and languages persisting in fluctuation. Elizabeth has performed at Studio 223A, Artscape Sandbox, Long Winter, Xpace Cultural Centre, and The Great Hall at OCADU. They have spoken on panels for The Feminist Art (FAC) and OCADU’s Student Gallery. Elizabeth has published writing for DUTY FREE: Issue I about queer brown diaspora. Elizabeth is currently based in Toronto and Montreal as a sound curator.


Through her performative video works and photographs, Toronto-based artist Dainesha Nugent-Palache explores the dichotomies and paradoxes inherent in representations of Afro-Caribbean femininities. Her practice is concerned with visualizations of Black diaspora across pasts, presents, and speculative futures, producing portraits and other still life-based works. With an exuberant approach to colour and display, Nugent-Palache’s work often negotiates with forms of glamour, excess, and other photographic strategies inherent to the visual cultures of capitalism.


Stacie Ant is a Russian/Canadian new media artist and curator.
Her ongoing journey as an eternal ex-patriot and an immigrant fuel her output of grotesque views of the world. Using video, installation, and performance, Ant reinvents elements of contemporary culture through fictional, maximalist narratives. She often incorporates costumes, exaggerated makeup, composited scenery and 3D animation to ridicule the effects that mass reliance on technology has on popular culture.
Ant’s work integrates washed-up celebrities, glamorized mid-century inspired environments, and gender fluid characters. Often humorous, Ant’s work offers a way of looking at a fast-paced digital realm through a lens of irony and satire.