JJ Lee & Mei Lee Ogden: Sign Languages | Ester Pugliese: Disfluency and Delay
JJ Lee & Mei Lee Ogden, "My Little Pony" (2013)
Ester Pugliese, "Impromptu Performance: Branson School Chamber Singers and Singing Iceberg" (2013)
FINAL DAYS: Thurs, May 16, 12-5pm. Fri, May 17,12-5pm. Sat, May 18, 12-5pm. Sun, May 19, 1-4pm.
Five-year-old Mei was identified as Hard of Hearing at the relatively late age of three and a half; consequently, her spoken language development was delayed. Before turning four, she received her first hearing aids, and heard birds for the first time. Using gouache, glitter paint, wax crayons, watercolour, and pencil crayons, JJ Lee and her daughter explore the space between high and low art, visual and spoken language, mark making and representation, hearing and Deaf, narrative and abstraction.
Lee is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University, and has lived and exhibited from coast to coast. She is the recipient of several awards and her work is in both private and public collections. Mei Lee Ogden is currently in Senior Kindergarten. She is also in the second year of a specialized Deaf and Hard of Hearing program.
The mixed media works in Pugliese’sDisfluency and Delay consider the human inclination to adjust outward appearances, illustrating this tendency with contrasting examples from nature. Each work presents audio graphs of impromptu performances culled from YouTube videos, layered with audio spectrograms of natural events (glacial collisions, ice fractures, earthquakes), sculptural forms implying air movement, and charted output and capacity data from Ontario's wind farms.
Pugliese is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited her work in Canada and England. She holds a BFA from York University and received the Humber College Board of Governors Achievement Award with her post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration/Cultural Management. Her work is in private and public collections in North America and Europe, including the Donovan Collection at the University of Toronto.