Magenta Magazine: A Journal of International Art

Volume 4, Number 2 — Summer 2013 (click for full table of contents)

Mike Slack: High Tide
High Tide brings together a selection of images captured by a Polaroid camera of film actors suspended in moments of apparent calm. As one commentator on the series noted, each actor “seems to have momentarily dropped their profession and found a personal truth”....

Akihiko Miyoshi: Color Fields and Abstract Photographs
Photographer Akihiko Miyoshi’s series Color Fields and Abstract Photographs are captivating explorations of colour and self-portraiture. Shot in front of a mirror, the photos are created through his use of coloured tape adhered to the front of the camera’s lens....

Nadia Belerique: The Archer (Life's a Beach)
Belerique constructs installations that engage with the poetics of perception and asks how images perform in contemporary culture... Her new photographic series, The Archer (Life's a Beach), was created with a digital image scanner and discarded rubylith filters from the Toronto Star’s archives...

Messy Comedies: Janieta Eyre creates strange worlds of beauty and humour
Toronto-based Janieta Eyre uses photography and video to document meticulously assembled environments and performed moments that often feature herself as a model. Since the early 1990s, she has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. In May, Magenta interviewed Eyre  during the exhibition Constructing Mythologies, a survey of her work....

Summer Jamming: Devin Troy Strother cuts up and reconfigures racial stereotypes
27-year-old Devin Troy Strother makes work that combines painting, drawing, collage and sculpture, and reflects his experience growing up in a middle-class suburb of Los Angeles where he was "sometimes the only black kid in [his] class". He brings this unique perspective to work that depicts decidedly contemporary scenarios that often feature joyful-looking African-American figures made from cut paper...

Material Matters: A roundtable with five promising Toronto artists
Over the past year, the Sterling Road studio building in Toronto’s West End has been a hotbed of art production by a group of buzz-worthy emerging artists. As a loosely affiliated yet very supportive group, these artists create paintings, sculptures, prints (and hybrids of these forms) that demonstrate a strong commitment to materiality while playing with the tenets of Process, Conceptual and Minimal art....