Art / Design

Profile: Elena Lobsanova

  Elena lobsanova as juliet   Recalls Mavis Staines, artistic director of the National Ballet School where Lobsanova trained for nine years, “One always felt Elena had been on this planet before and that she’d been a ballerina.” Born in Moscow, Elena Lobsanova’s microbiologist father moved the family to Toronto in 1991, and still she speaks to her family in Russian. Although she never studied ballet in Russia, her instinct to move and fill a room was instantaneous, as was …

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Profile: Dylan Tedaldi

  Dylan Tedaldi: Physical thinking   Dylan Tedaldi is making waves as he rises through the ranks of the National Ballet of Canada. After being promoted to second soloist in 2013, a mere three years into his tenure with the company, Dylan has taken on roles that dancers dream of. From Stanislav in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier to a solo performance in the 2014 Mad Hot Gala, it is obvious the he is a revered member of the …

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Feature: Callum Schuster

A Thing in the World Artist Callum Schuster engages contemporary installation art as an exploration of time, space and what it means to create and experience art. Photography by Zach Hertzman at Light x Hevvy Callum Schuster stores some of his portraits in the loft space of his studio, just south of Queen Street. The skilled paintings are dark and striking. I recognize one of them—a rounded, swollen face emerging from a blackness—from when I interviewed Charlie Bierk last year …

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Feature: Scott Boniface

Scott Boniface is Aimless. Or, at least his show is. This week the Toronto native debuts his first solo art show at Moniker Gallery. By day, Scott is also the co-founder of Playground Inc, a digital creative agency in Toronto. The juxtaposition between his upcoming show and the projects he deals with at work each day are impossible to ignore. “Aimless” deals with the complete unknown—losing track of the point and getting lost in colour, texture and the abstract. By …

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Feature: Mahmood Popal

I meet Mahmood Popal in a bar on College, and immediately after we take a seat by an open window, the conversation just flows out of us. It’s one of the hottest days of the summer and we are both dripping sweat. I semi don’t care the bar has no air conditioning and there’s no breeze because Mahmood Popal is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. I learned of Popal a few months before we sat …

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Profile: Kate Hogg

Tangled Artist Kate Hogg delves into hair as a subject in of itself. Mixed media artists have a tendency to be known for their detailed pieces and uncommon mediums used to portray complicated and grandiose themes. This is particularly true today, when artists have access to so much digital material that can be used to enhance artwork, adding new layers. There are still artists out there, however, who instead use more traditional materials and manipulate them in such a way …

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