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Drake Lab: Mohammad Rezaei

Oct. 17, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014

From October 17-31 2014, Mohammad Rezaei is our Drake Lab artist in residence. His residency, Strong Bold Unique Wild, is an "everything up to now", a retrospective if you will, of all of his interests within the art world.

For the duration of his time at the Drake Lab, He will bring together all of his most frequent collaborators, mentors and friends to activate the space. This residency will be a curatorial effort, an exhibition space, an artist lab, a studio space, a workshop and a pop up shop of sorts.

Mohammad Rezaei is an interdisciplinary emerging artist, curator, art administrator and one half of the collective MTJR. (read Mount Junior).

A substantial part of Rezaei’s art practice focuses on research, initiation and co-ordination of DIY art spaces, artist run centers, and curation in such spaces. This includes the establishment of several DIY spaces and festivals, curation of pop -up galleries and extensive involvement within established artist run centers and art galleries across Canada.

As a curator, his interests lie within emerging forms of media, interactive and performative works that engage and ask for the participation of the audience, with a strong focus on emerging artists. He continuously works to provide opportunities for creation and development of art by emerging artists. His curatorial projects have been funded through successful grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council.

As an artist, his work is a post studio research-based exploration and critique of the notion of identity in a fluid society. His work is largely “digital” based.

He is the current programming coordinator at Whippersnapper Gallery.


October 18th, 19th, 2014 (6PM - late)
Mohammad Rezaei .gif Retrospect
See a selection from the gifs made by the artist in residence projected onto the window space, spanning over 5 years of .gifs, subject matter and styles varying. This retrospect provides a cohesive insight onto the artists relationship with the .gif medium.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (6 PM – Late) October 23rd – 27th, 2014
“Strong Bold Unique Wild": Mohammad Rezaei With Julia Kansas, Sondra Meszaros, Lisa Folkerson & Joleen Toner
"Growing up, I was surrounded by strong women. My grand father, a strong, logical and forward thinking man moved to Tehran as a teenager, worked his way up to have a life, put himself through school, raised my mother and her two sisters to be exactly like him. These women shaped me to be the person I am today. They share the same minimal taste in fashion and furniture, they all ended up being leaders in their fields, they each live in a different part of the world now, each one an alpha, a boss, all so confident their choices and aesthetics. I have been so blessed by these strong individuals in my family that in my adult life, I seek out the same company. Alpha females that know what they want and they get it."
Stop by the Drake Lab to check out work made by Rezaei's most frequent collaborators, mentors, inspirations and friends Julia Kansas, Lisa Folkerson, Joleen Toner and Sondra Meszaros.

Monday October 20th, Monday October 27th 2014, 2 – 9 PM, by appointment or walk in
One on one .gif making Workshop
If you have ever wanted to learn how to make a proper .gif not using your iPhone, now is the time. Rezaei will walk you through all the steps necessary to make a gif, from proper installation of Photoshop to exporting the .gif file. Stop by the space and he will walk you through all of the necessary steps.

Wednesday October 22nd, (6 PM – Late)
If Life Was More Like Photoshop, It would be a Lot Less Disappointing
A long long drawn out video projected onto the space where slow moving arrangements of various .png files found via google image search come together and dissolve, with a persistent transparent layer behind it all to set the tone.

Thursday October 30th, (12PM – 9 PM)
Raft and Map Drawing Pop-Up Shop
Raft and Map will take over the Drake Lab for a pop up shop. The Guelph print collective will present their works for sale, will be present for autograph signings, as well, to doodle and draw with you (Cash only; debit machine is available to use in the Hotel lobby.)