Lazy River
Camille Rojas, Polina Teif, Chris Boni, Skawennati, Madelyne Beckles, Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Jack Lambert, Josep Maynou
Saturday, October 21, 2017 3-6pm

A lazy river is a water ride found in water parks, hotels, resorts, and recreation centers, which usually consists of a shallow (2½ ft. to 3½ ft.) pool that flows similarly to a river.[1] There is generally a slow current, usually just enough to allow guests to gently ride along lying on rafts. There may also be scenic elements added, such as small waterfalls on the edge of the river. Some lead into wave pools, while some just go around in circles.
forthcoming exhibition text by kate kolberg

Participating artists:

Camille Rojas
(b. 1993, Toronto) is a multidisciplinary artist working with film, photography, installations, and dance. Shifting her position between camera operator and subject, she documents dancing bodies in public and domestic spaces that dissect concepts and emotions. Camille holds a BFA in Photography from Ryerson University (2017) and recently completed a sub-residency through EMILIA-AMALIA working group at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Rojas lives and works in Toronto.

Polina Teif
is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and filmmaker. She received her BFA from the University of Toronto with emphasis on Visual Studies and Semiotics and currently pursuing an MFA in Film Production at York University with interest in experimental and documentary practices.

Chris Boni
(b. 1987) has an image-making background in visual arts, focused on painting and sculpture. From 2010 onwards he started independently producing videos, narrative shorts and feature length films. "a performance 19:59" 2011, is his earliest video work made in a Vancouver apartment which had been turned into a gallery for 3 days. Poetry, dance, and absurdist reactions cause a stir as well as flight from the art both made and exhibited. He is currently completing an MFA in Film Production from York University.

Born in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Skawennati graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists and academics who investigate and create Indigenous virtual environments. Their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Experimental Digital Media are aimed at empowering youth. In 2015 they launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Her work has been included in major exhibitions including “Now? Now!” at the Biennale of the Americas; and “Looking Forward (L’Avenir)” at the Montreal Biennale. She has been honored to win imagineNative’s 2009 Best New Media Award as well as a 2011 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. Her work in is included in both public and private collections.

Madelyne Beckles
is a Toronto-based artist whose practice centers on the performativity of narcissism and self-deprecation. Consumption, overt-sexuality, shame, and guilt are recurring themes in her work that she attempts to deconstruct using a critical race feminist frame work through the use of her body, academic texts, ubiquitous objects, and video works.

Josep Maynou
(b. 1980, Barcelona) is a Berlin / Barcelona / Morocco based artist working in drawing, sculptural assemblage, textile, video, and performance. His multidisciplinary approach comes together as a form of contemporary storytelling that situates itself beyond the traditional art formats, often leading to installations in contexts such as TV repair shops, private apartments, abandoned spaces, laundromats or second-hand stores. Maynou studied Fine Arts at UB (Barcelona), Facultade de Belas Artes Porto (Porto) and Middlesex University (London). His work has been shown internationally- including University of Oxford (UK), PS122 (NYC), with Beverly’s at the Material art fair (Mexico City), Louis 21 (Palma de Mallorca),Bombon projects (Barcelona), Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, and Transmediale (Berlin), and recently in ‘Pane per Poveri’ a collaborative project that ran during the opening of the Venice Biennial (Venice, Istanbul, Athens).

Cindy Ji Hye Kim
(b. 1990, Anyang, South Korea) lives and works in Bronx, New York. She received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and her M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art in 2016. Her work has been featured in solo presentations at Helena Anrather, New York and YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto. She has shown in group exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson; Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York; 1969 Gallery, New York; Mulherin, Toronto; FJORD Gallery, Philadelphia; and Topless, Rockaway Beach. Kim has been awarded residencies from The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, Michigan; Grin City Collective, Grinnell, Iowa; and Salem Art Works, Salem, New York.

Jack Lambert
Graduated with a BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.