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2014 University of Toronto MVS Program Graduating Exhibition

Two projected images of landscapes

Works by:

Golboo Amani, Ido Govrin, Brendan George Ko, Elyse Portal

2014 University of Toronto MVS Programme Graduating Exhibition

April 1–12, 2014

University of Toronto Art Centre

The University of Toronto Art Centre is pleased to exhibit the thesis projects of the 2014 Master of Visual Studies graduate students: Golboo Amani, Ido Govrin, Brendan George Ko and Elyse Portal.

Golboo Amani is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist who creates works focused on process and research through a variety of mediums including photography, performance, space intervention, digital media, and participatory practice. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University and is undergoing her Master of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto.

Ido Govrin is an artist, composer and writer. His practice and research are centered around the mediums of sound, text and textile.Vaalbara constitutes of several overlapping narratives, manifest in varied artistic mediums, that unfold by means of a series of artistic revelations in dialogue with a fragmented, poetic manuscript of the artist’s late grandfather.

For the 2014 graduate exhibition, Brendan George Ko’s work departs from the term Aloha. Aloha is a word with many meanings but no definition; it is indescribable with words alone and can only be understood through experience. With this project, the many meanings of Aloha are told through stories I have come to know through my connection to Hawai’i.

Materia Medica
An installation that investigates physical and spiritual relationships to place. Local materials and ancient technologies, such as dream journeying form Elyse Portal’s praxis. The crux of this work is guided by a buried waterway that runs under Philosopher’s Walk at the University of Toronto: Taddle Creek.

Artist Tour with Brendan George Ko

Saturday April 12, 2014, 12pm
University of Toronto Art Centre


Saturday April 12, 2014, 1-5pm
Featuring Golboo Amani
University of Toronto Art Centre


Tuesday April 8, 2014, 8:30-10:30pm
Featuring Rob Cruickshank, Christine Duncan, Ido Govrin, Tilman Lewis and Nick Storing
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the project support from University of Toronto MVS Studio Program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and Manulife Financial.

Title Image: Elyse Portal, Rosedale Smoke Brush (Cotinus), 2013. Mixed media.

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