Flash Forward Incubator 2017 Success

posted July 24, 2017 in Announcements, Incubator

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Hello Magenta friends, we hope you’re enjoying the summer so far. Ours got off to a brilliant start with Flash Forward Incubator 2017, our 5th anniversary of this innovative arts program for students. Held at The Gardiner Museum in June, we had so much fun celebrating our student artists, our anniversary, and we also raised $20,000 through the silent auction for the program. All money goes directly back into the schools to help keep arts funding alive and well. A great cause and a great night out!

We owe a big THANK YOU to everyone for this wonderful success. In particular, we want to thank all of our dedicated teachers and educators, our brilliant young students who inspired everyone, and our awesome Flash Forward Incubator sponsors. Our gratitude goes out to TD Bank Group, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Toronto Image Works , Andora Graphics, and Gardiner Museum.

Q And A With Magenta’s Incubator Flash Challenge #1 Winner

posted December 4, 2015 in Flash Forward 2016, Incubator

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#FFIPChallenge1 by Dexter B-G. of Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA)

Happy December and Season’s Greetings!

In a departure from our usual format, this month you’re in for a fun and illuminating profile of the student who won our Flash Challenge. Dexter B-G. is a Toronto high school student who recently clinched Incubator Flash Challenge #1 with his entry above (you can read about the challenge here). Flash Forward Incubator is Magenta’s arts education program dedicated to supporting emerging artists in the high school setting. Do follow its dedicated Instagram account, and come add a word (or emoji) of support: instagram.com/flashfwdincubator.

Congrats to this emerging artist! And a thank you to our presenting sponsor, TD Bank Group, who helps support this program for the arts. Here is what Dexter has to say about his school, artistic inspiration, the Incubator program and more.

Q: What’s it like being a student at Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA)?
A: ESA has a great community of like-minded people who are passionate about their art. I can only speak for the Visual Arts and Photography programs, but one of the greatest aspects of ESA is the responsibility and trust the teachers put in the students. In Visual Arts you are encouraged to evolve your ideas and skills as an individual artist rather than sit through technique classes that only benefit a portion of the students.

Q: Who is the subject in the photo?
A: The subject of the photo is my four-year-old cousin, who was very easy to work with, on the condition that we listen to the Star Wars soundtrack during the shoot.

Q: Explain how you achieved the overhead photo. How much planning went into your set up?
A: I was standing on a separate table with a tripod, looking over the subject with a wide-angle lens. I had wanted to do this project for around a month but the actual setting up and finding of subjects took about two weeks.

Q: What inspires you the most about using photography?
A: I am interested in the apparent objectivity that comes with photography. Even though most people are aware that images are not always truthful, the medium is often used to manipulate the subject to serve an agenda. I enjoy manipulating and playing with that authority.

Q: What are your plans after high school?
A: I am still very flexible with my post-secondary plans, but I know I want to go to university for either visual arts or science. Though, those are very broad paths in seemingly opposite directions I have found that art and science are similar fields that require creative and curious people.

Q: Even though it is early in the Incubator program, what is it like being a participant? What excites you most about the program?
A: The Incubator Program has a nice flexible structure that gives you freedom, with light prompts and deadlines to keep you on track. I’m excited about critiquing and being critiqued by students from outside of ESA, as I feel that opinions and ideas can become bias and stale when they are not challenged.

Q: What influences your artistic ideas? Where do you look for inspiration?
A: During the summer I travelled through South-East Asia, which affected everything in my life including my art. Though, on a day-to-day basis I often gravitate towards philosophy books, Art 21, and the vitamin books by Phaidon, which is a great series of contemporary art books. I also draw huge inspiration from making music, film and poetry, where I explore similar themes as my visual art.

Thank you Dexter! And to all of our Magenta Friends, wishing you a happy and safe festive season.

July News: Magenta POP Pittsburgh And Flash Forward Incubator Toronto

posted July 1, 2015 in Announcements, Incubator, Pittsburgh, Popups

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Above: Christian and Mallory by Jake Reinhart at Magenta POP: Pittsburgh

It’s JULY! Summer has arrived and with it brings two important Magenta events, POP: Pittsburgh and our Incubator Exhibition and Silent Auction. We hope to see you out and about at these events, and please do share these events with any art-lovers you think would enjoy! You can find the Facebook invitation for Magenta POP: Pittsburgh here. RSVPs aren’t necessary, but it helps organizers keep track of how many are coming, and it also a handy way to get reminders via Facebook. For this iteration of POP: Pittsburgh, we’re hosting a special two-part event.

Location #1: 937 Liberty Avenue opening July 10th (6pm to 10pm)

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The Magenta Foundation invited Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Filmmakers photography faculty to assemble an exhibition representative of the work coming out of both institutions.

This group show represents students who are passionate about the medium and work in a non-traditional manner. Personal narratives, social documents, constructed still-lifes, abstractions, landscape, fashion and portraiture are all explored here, along with photographic books and gelatin/silver images.

We hope this work engages your curiosity and encourages you to seek out more from these talented new artists.

 

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Above: Self Portraiture Magenta POP installation at Triangle Park

Location #2: Triangle Park

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POP ART Presented by the Students of Pittsburgh CAPA

The Magenta Foundation is pleased to bring its third public outdoor art exhibition to Triangle Park. Here, the burgeoning talent of the latest art stars from Pittsburgh CAPA present their unique one-off pop art self-portraits.

The goal of this installation is to celebrate high school students and give them a platform for their creativity in a larger public venue, while inspiring all of us to celebrate artists at all stages of life.

 

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Above: Nature Vs. Nurture by Piper of Etobicoke School of Arts at Flash Forward Incubator

The other event we’re so excited about is the silent auction following the exhibition for Flash Forward Incubator at TWIST Gallery. Talented high school students at three Toronto schools, including Etobicoke School of Arts, Rosedale Heights Secondary School and Newtonbrook Secondary School are presenting their compelling art in conjuction with Magenta Foundation’s Incubator program, and with the support of our program sponsor TD Canada.

While presenting a new, and innovative model for arts funding in Canada, and as a true extension of high school arts programming, the Flash Forward Incubator Program prepares students for a successful transition out of high school, into post-secondary institutions and a for a career in the arts.

The program is distinct in that it bridges work completed within the high school setting with the professional world. It encourages students in the development of their artistic practice through a series of carefully crafted activities based on the experiences emerging artists would have as participants in the Flash Forward Photography Competition and the Ontario Secondary School Arts Curriculum. Students leave with the necessary documents required for a career in the arts, a signature piece for their portfolio, a professional gallery show and a publication to add to their resume.

This year, students worked with the theme of inside/outside within the framework of architectural photography. This more complex theme allowed students to begin their conceptual thinking with the constraints of the project, and then expand their ideas and research towards their own personal connections, curiosities and responses to the theme. Throughout the program students engaged in both directed and personal research and used a wide range of materials, techniques and resources. Through our newly developed online community, students were also able to share resources and engage in feedback with students from all schools involved.

It’s happening at TWIST Gallery, from July 6 until July 30 — when the Opening Party and Silent Auction will take place. and you can preview the work at Twist Gallery as of July 6th. Please do join us! All proceeds of the silent auction go back to funding this groundbreaking program for high school students. You can RSVP on our Facebook event page too.

Happy summer, and hope to see you at our fantastic Magenta events!