The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate is an an artist multiples project that distributes work by Canadian creators and makes art affordable for everyone.
On November 29th 2018, the Magic Gumball Machine of Fate will make its debut at the reception of Get Noticed, The Red Head Gallery’s biennial fundraising event, which showcases 17 artists selected by Niki Dracos of General Hardware Contemporary and Jamie Angell of Angell Gallery.
Eight of our seventeen member artists have made a series of multiples specifically for this project. Members, in rotation, will feature work in the Magic Gumball Machine of Fate at the gallery, for $2 apiece, for the foreseeable future.
Each work is unique and collectible, having been purpose made as a project that reflects each artist’s practice and the spirit of their work.
All proceeds will go towards the Red Head Gallery, a non-profit, artist-run collective and gallery, so that we may continue to bring you art in this space.
The Dodo bird images for my gumball project refer to work from my series entitled, Circa.
Circa comprises a series of paintings inspired by rapid technological change and underscores the role technological advancements play in the proliferation of obsolescence in contemporary life.
Increases in the rate of new developments make what was cutting edge four or five years ago virtually obsolete today. In the past, it might have taken ten years or even a generation to integrate a new technology into daily life, but today, upgrades and complete overhauls can occur in as little as a year or two. To draw attention to this, the Dodo bird, the ultimate symbol of obsolescence, along with images of recent, but no longer used technologies feature prominently in the works.
In order to emphasize the notion of obsolescence, the paintings are constructed to resemble sections of long-buried walls unearthed in an excavation. These wall sections depict wallpaper patterns composed of Dodo birds and obsolete technologies from the recent past. Together, they highlight a pattern that drives contemporary culture, and brings with it a number of consequences, many of which are problematic.
My Dodo bird pieces for the Magic Gumball Machine of Fate, also look like small chunks of wall from a by-gone era. In keeping with the name of the Gumball machine, they remind us that everything eventually will succumb to the same fate and ‘go the way of the Dodo’.
Tonia Di Risio
SPREAD: Re-useable hand cut stickers that are to be assembled as small three-piece collages. Instructions and thumbnail image included. These works refer to the installation SPREAD from 2017: an examination of otherworldly landscapes and interiors that reflect on consumption, home décor and the labour of cookery.
Tonia Di Risio employs time-based media including photography and video, as well as hand cut collage and installations. Currently, her work has developed through ongoing investigations of gendered ethnicity in relation to domestic issues, including housekeeping, home maintenance, food preparation, interior decoration and relationships to the miniature. Her practice also includes running a summer artist residency called "Alchemy" which investigates the growing, making, preserving, celebrating, and sharing of food.
Kim-Lee Kho is an active exhibitor, participating in exhibitions, residencies and mentorships in Ontario, Alberta and BC. She has been awarded exhibition and creation grants by the Ontario Arts Council. In 2015 she had a solo show at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and was a feature artist with large-scale installations in the 2016 In Situ arts festival at the historic Small Arms Building.
Kho teaches at the Haliburton School of Art + Design (Fleming College), Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke, Visual Arts Mississauga, conducting workshops, speaking and jurying at the invitation of other groups in Ontario. She also leads independent gallery walks focused on contemporary art.
Statement: I am a multidisciplinary visual artist with strong roots in drawing, painting, digital and design, with a special interest in hybrid media. A Full Heart is an ongoing multidisciplinary series in which I explore the human heart – as repository for emotions, as metaphor, as anatomical structure – using it as a gateway to what our hearts mean to us. Antique anatomical illustrations and 3-D medical models are frequently referenced or appear in the work. My work before this series was primarily concerned with issues of vulnerability, empathy, identity and barriers. These hearts are rooted in that work, pushing past specificities to what resides in all of us, while sometimes bringing recurrent motifs like chain link fences back into this series.