Summer Exhibitions at the Union Gallery

June 8 – August 3, 2019
Opening Reception: June 8, 2019, 2-4pm

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Guerilla Monument, mixed media drawing, 2017


Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo: Catastrophe, Memory and Reconciliation

As a native of El Salvador living in the diaspora, Ramirez Castillo uses drawing as his primary tool for storytelling to deploy elements found in pre-Hispanic mythology, Salvadoran popular folklore and iconography sourced from North American vernacular culture. His studio process is a constant act of revision that manipulates appropriated imagery into personal mythic narratives in a multi-layered fashion. The human body is used as a symbol and site for trauma in reference to personal and collective experiences of war and loss that marked El Salvador during the civil war years in the 1980s – a time that the artist and his family lived through, and as a result of which, immigrated to Canada.

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design and obtained his MFA degree at Concordia University. He has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally in venues such as The International Print Centre in New York, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Sur Gallery in Toronto, The Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas and La Halle de Saint Pierre Museum, France among others. He has received grants and awards including The Artist Studio Award Program by the City of Vancouver, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and The Canada Arts Council and in 2011 the winner of the Victor-Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for a mid-career artist in visual arts in Canada.


Soyeon Cho, The Green Luggage, mixed media, 2012


Soyeon Cho: The Tangled Web of Emotions

Soyeon Cho’s imaginative and colourful assemblages incorporate everyday materials such as Q-tips, plastic forks, clear tapes, artificial flowers and parts of household goods to reflect on our relationship to these consumer products and the underlying implications on nature and the environment. By revealing a hidden magical universe within these seemingly mundane objects she attempts to demonstrate the unending ability of the human mind to re-imagine and re-create its world through utopian landscapes.

Soyeon Cho is originally from Korea and currently lives and works in Toronto. She has two M.F.A. degrees, one from Seoul National University, South Korea, and one from School of Visual Arts, USA. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Museum shows include: MASS MoCA, North Adams USA, Museum of Arts and Design, NY, USA, Seoul Arts Center, Korea and the 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. Recent solo shows include the H–gallery (Paris, France, Gallery b’ONE, Seoul, SKL Gallery, Mallorca, Spain, and Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, South Korea.

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