MFA Thesis Exhibition: Rafael Ochoa - 'Lamps Weird'
Mar 31, 2012 to Apr 28, 2012
Rafael Ochoa’s exhibition Lamps Weird features a series of five uniquely framed photographic prints and a single channel video. Ochoa uses computer imaging software to generate images that combine modern scientific imagery with Old Master tableaux, giving the otherwise antiquated a hyperreal contemporary twist.
In “Hoefler” a thin gold device suspends sausage-like forms in front of a medieval village maquette, while in “Gewebe” an object reminiscent of an anatomical model is depicted in a Renaissance interior. Ochoa finds inspiration from a multitude of sources, acting as an image handyman, piecing together various elements to build his photographic creations.
Ochoa seems to act as a voiceless tour guide leading us through museum rooms, science labs and artist studios. There is something inherently unsettling about the deadpan alien forms and nondescript spaces that beg to be explained.
A video component, “Processoring” (2012), is an artist's sketchbook of sorts, showing Ochoa's artistic process. It provides a glimpse into the planning stages including rough sketches on paper, test renders and formal studies.
Gallery Hours: Wed to Sat, 12pm to 5pm or by appointment (416-530-0444)
|Location:||Angell Gallery, 12 Ossington Avenue, Toronto|
|Sponsor:||Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts|