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Temporary ExhibitionThe Temporary show and publication not only introduce York's 2012 MFA graduates, but also realize the consequences of showing in group exhibitions. Consider for a moment the suspended contents of a graphic design layout. The contents exist in a temporary hypothetical situation nothing more than a propositional concept. In this way the nature of group exhibitions temporarily suspends the work from individual artistic discourses, positing a permanent unitary cohesion. View the Temporary Brochure PDF


York MFA 2011A catalogue of work by emerging artists is like that of work by an established artist in that it fulfills a mimetic function for those who have seen the exhibition and a documentary function for those who would have liked to have seen it. But it is also different because it is the portrait of a temporary and dedicated community – the graduate students and the faculty members in Fine Art. Discover the range of sensibilities and experiences these artists have to offer. York MFA 2011





Troy David Troy David Ouellette is currently a PhD candidate at York University. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Windsor and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has taught Design, Sculpture and undergraduate courses at various universities and colleges in Southern Ontario and was the Sculpture Facilitator at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff Alberta, Canada from 1999 until 2005. His work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States.

Environmental Hauntology: Symptoms, Surveys, and Speculations Historically cultures have adapted to real-world problems by transforming the use value of space, objects and materials. The study of this phenomenon has prompted me to involve outdoor installations and stage public events within my practice. Often taking the shape of agricultural structures, juxtaposed with a military vernacular, these urban projects are constructed of cast-off materials from our ubiquitous present—expressing our capacity to reshape weapons into something alternatively productive. In my imaginings nuclear submarines become greenhouses, ramparts transform into broken living walls and encourage the viewer/participant to find an alternate path from a militaristic dispositive, (institution), to an atopic deterritorialization—that is to say a place without political boundaries or borders. Many of the initial drawings and maquettes are propositions that reference the architectural style of 1960s environmental architecture. Maquettes are re-imagined taking on a new roll as quasi-utopian intervention. Poster

Risa Horowitz Currently living in her hometown, Toronto, Risa Horowitz has lived and worked as a visual artist, writer, educator and gallery programmer in seven Canadian provinces, and has exhibited in galleries including Plug In ICA, The Saidye Bronfman Centre, The Mendel Art Gallery, artist-run-centres, and in Australia, the UK and Brazil. Reviews of her work have appeared in the Globe & Mail and BlackFlash, while her critical writing has been published in Canadian Art, Border Crossings, and C-Magazine. Risa has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council and received the K.M. Hunter award for excellence in Visual Arts in 2006.

Risa attended an artist residency in Paris at Cité international des arts in summer 2008. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Dunlop Art Gallery Sherwood Branch in January 2011. In fall 2008
Risa commenced her PhD at York University, and she is represented by MKG127 Gallery in Toronto. www.risahorowitz.com

Colwyn Griffth Colwyn Griffith has exhibited nationally and internationally, including, Mitaka Arts Centre, Tokyo, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey and Le Mois de la Photo Montreal.  He has received several grants from the Canada council for the Arts and has participated in an artist residency with Chashama in New York City.  His work has appeared in various magazines and books such as Image and Imagination; edited by Martha Langford, McGill-Queens University Press 2005 and Carte Blanche 1: Photography; Magenta Foundation 2006 and Douglas Coupland’s Souvenir of Canada 2 Toronto: Douglas & Macintyre 2004.  He lives and works in Toronto. www.colwyngriffith.com