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Critical Mass is excited to announce our August artist-in-residence – Brian Hoad!

Growing up in Port Hope, Brian’s coming-of-age days were spent exploring the forest trails, beaches and river, and observing the relationship between country and town while fostering connections with friends and nature. No longer a resident of the town, Brian remains fascinated by the compartmentalized magic and wonder that seems to be scattered across its relatively small footprint. 

Throughout his residency and for his project — Landscapes are Organized Chaos  — Brian plans to revisit local sites of personal significance as inspiration for a large, mixed-media piece. The artwork will include cyanotype alongside painting and will be accompanied by a series of studies on paper.

Like many before him, Brian Hoad enjoys the activity, excitement, and reflection associated with making art in nature. Hoad has always felt moved by landscape rendering, both as a viewer and artist, observing its visceral potential for mark-making. After experimenting with cyanotype as an instructor, he became interested in its ability to function in an outdoor setting alongside other mediums more commonly associated with working en plein-air. Cyanotype is one of the earliest photographic processes, akin to blueprints. Unlike drawing and painting, this process requires one to account for the environment’s direct influence on their piece when working outdoors. 

Brian is presently focused on incorporating cyanotype into his larger works-on-canvas, arriving at an object that will satisfy his creative desire to work more holistically through conceptually considering the role of process.

Drop by the pop up tent outside the Little Station in Lent Lane this Saturday, August 7th from 9am to 1pm to make your own cyanotype print and button and a learn more about his residency project. Open studio hours will be held on Sundays from 2pm-4pm.

Residency made possible with funding from @ONTrillium.
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Critical Mass is excited to announce our August artist-in-residence – Brian Hoad!

Growing up in Port Hope, Brian’s coming-of-age days were spent exploring the forest trails, beaches and river, and observing the relationship between country and town while fostering connections with friends and nature. No longer a resident of the town, Brian remains fascinated by the compartmentalized magic and wonder that seems to be scattered across its relatively small footprint.

Throughout his residency and for his project — Landscapes are Organized Chaos — Brian plans to revisit local sites of personal significance as inspiration for a large, mixed-media piece. The artwork will include cyanotype alongside painting and will be accompanied by a series of studies on paper.

Like many before him, Brian Hoad enjoys the activity, excitement, and reflection associated with making art in nature. Hoad has always felt moved by landscape rendering, both as a viewer and artist, observing its visceral potential for mark-making. After experimenting with cyanotype as an instructor, he became interested in its ability to function in an outdoor setting alongside other mediums more commonly associated with working en plein-air. Cyanotype is one of the earliest photographic processes, akin to blueprints. Unlike drawing and painting, this process requires one to account for the environment’s direct influence on their piece when working outdoors.

Brian is presently focused on incorporating cyanotype into his larger works-on-canvas, arriving at an object that will satisfy his creative desire to work more holistically through conceptually considering the role of process.

Drop by the pop up tent outside the Little Station in Lent Lane this Saturday, August 7th from 9am to 1pm to make your own cyanotype print and button and a learn more about his residency project. Open studio hours will be held on Sundays from 2pm-4pm.

Residency made possible with funding from @ONTrillium.
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#criticalmassart
#contemporaryart
#artistinresidence
#artistresidency
#cyanotype
#printmaking
#environment
#canadianartists
#porthope
#ontrillium

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