Archive for July, 2011

July 15th, 2011

Excerpt from The Permanent Collection

by Lisa Wilder, Learner, Writing Workshops

Malik’s first shift was in a room in the contemporary section. The guards all called it the “cube room” because, in the centre of it, stood a cube about waist high – a blatant and unapologetic object made of rusted metal. Hanging on the wall next to it was a grey painting, about six feet high, and in front of that sat two boulders, looking like they had been rolled there from the foot of a mountain.

Malik considered himself good at the job – alert, even in times of boredom, able to warn people in a polite yet firm manner if they were touching the art or standing too close. He could gently guide a child with gummy hands away from a painting or sculpture, and direct anxious patrons to the nearest bathroom or exit with courtesy.

Occasionally people sat on the cube. A little girl tried to prop herself up on it one day, and cried when Malik stepped towards her and quietly asked her to please not climb on the artwork. Her mother looked angrily at him and said, “It’s just a hunk of metal, what’s she going to do to it?” while storming out of the room.

Sometimes people touched the rocks with their foot, and once a young man tried to stand on them.

“Sir, please do not stand on the art.”

“Huh? They’re just rocks.”

“One of them is a replica of a rock, it is art.”

Malik’s polite admonishments always garnered incredulous looks that secretly pleased him. On some quiet afternoons, he imagined a gunman rushing in with pistol loaded, aiming at the contentious Cube, and Malik valiantly throwing himself in front of the would-be vandal, taking no less than a bullet in the heart. He pictured the headlines the next day – Malik Odega, recent immigrant and guardian of art, died from a fatal gunshot wound yesterday in the line of duty. The Cube is preserved.

About Lisa Wilder:

Lisa Wilder is a graphic designer and artist who lives in Toronto, and has previously lived in Ottawa and Vancouver. She is married with one step-son.

This text is an excerpt of Lisa’s short story entitled “The Permanent Collection,” which was written for Cordelia Strube’s short fiction and novel writing workshop: ‘Short Fiction and Novel Writing – Level III’ (CWWR 425).

July 15th, 2011

Beaubourg

Beaubourg

by Donald Wallace (Photography Studies)

Winner – Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Award
11th Annual Chang School Photography Exhibit

To see more of Donald’s photos, visit his website:
www.donaldwallace.ca

July 15th, 2011

Human Geography

Human Geography

by Marieken Molenaar (Photography Studies)

“Studying photography at Ryerson University was a challenge in time management, but the rewards outweighed all the stresses involved. The certificate program offered me a wonderful chance to formalize my knowledge and practice of photography, and provided unique opportunities for personal growth. Each instructor taught me new perspectives, gave me significant insights into my photographic practice, and provided opportunities to connect with practitioners at all levels. I am particularly indebted to Jill Glessing for her insightful and challenging courses in the History of Photography through which I could merge my academic interest in the discipline with my practice in the field.”

Winner – Gallery 44 Award
11th Annual Chang School Photography Exhibit

July 15th, 2011

To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect

by Harry Choi (Photography Studies)

Winner – Stephen Bulger Gallery Award
11th Annual Chang School Photography Exhibit

To see more of Harry’s photos, visit his website:
http://harrychoi.carbonmade.com