Sur Gallery presents Online Portfolio Reviews


Monica Mercedes Martinez, Everyone Is Fallen Except for Us Fallen, 2012. (Photo by Larry Glawson)

Sur Gallery Online Portfolio Reviews

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
6pm ET on Zoom
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Join us at our next Online Portfolio Review. It will be a privilege to engage with the work of Edmonton-based artist Monica Mercedes Martinez and Toronto-based artist David Constantino Salazar as they share their process and receive feedback from Executive Director of Oakville Galleries and Independent curator Sally Frater.

Online Portfolio Reviews were created to offer a safe and respectful virtual environment where collaborative support and intergenerational knowledge could be encouraged through dialogue and exchange. This initiative began as an opportunity to engage with fellow artists during a time of isolation and uncertainty, at the height of the pandemic. Invited artists are asked to present their work to an online audience where they will not only receive critical and supportive feedback but will also be an opportunity for them to respond to questions from the community.


David Constantino Salazar, FOREVER (Bird-Botanicals), installation, 2020. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid


Monica Mercedes Martinez is a Canadian process based/performative ceramic artist. As a Chilean who grew up on the Canadian Prairies, she uses her practice to discuss the historical foundations that influence how we define who we are and where we belong. Martinez holds a BFA from AuArts (formally known as the Alberta College of Art+ Design) and an MFA from the University of Manitoba. Martinez has participated in both national and international exhibitions as well as numerous artist residencies. Martinez is part of the collective group MujerArtista and was a member of the art collective CONSTELACIONES.

David Constantino Salazar is a Toronto-based sculptor with a Master in Fine Arts degree from OCAD University. His research focuses on the double intended messages in traditional fable stories. The allegories in his work invite the viewer to reflect on the human experience through traditional animal-based narrative. Salazar’s studio practice is highly focused on the tradition of hand modeling clay and the fabrication process of casting in bronze, resin, or ceramic. An Ecuadorian-Canadian artist, Salazar examines the confluence of his symbolic and ancestral roots as a South American and his daily life in Canada. A recipient of multiple residencies internationally and domestically, Salazar has represented Canada at the International Biennial of Asuncion (Paraguay) and completed the Studio Research Residency (Flora & Fauna) in Tiradentes, Brazil. In Canada, he was awarded the AKIN Studio Residence Program at MOCA Toronto and has been invited to the Creative Professionals-in-Residence Mentor Program at OCAD University, Salazar recently exhibited, Forever (Bird-Botanicals) at the Gardiner Museum as the artist-in-Residence. His public commissions include Carnival, Rio de Janeiro (2012) and the Spadina Museum, Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2015). In 2015, he was commissioned by First Capital Realty Inc. for two permanent public art sculptures in Georgetown, Ontario. Salazar is currently working on Hogtown, a public art commission to be installed in Toronto’s west end neighborhood Parkdale.

Sally Frater is the Executive Director of Oakville Galleries. Frater is the curator of over 55 solo and group exhibitions and was most recently curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Guelph and artistic director of Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice in Hamilton. She earned her Honours BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and completed her MA in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester, in England. Frater has an ongoing interest in exploring themes of decolonization, Black and Caribbean diasporas, photography, art of the everyday, and issues of equity and representation in museological spaces. Over a 17-year career, Frater has created exhibitions with the Ulrich Museum of Art, in Kansas; the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, in North Carolina; the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston; and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, at the University of Toronto; among many others.

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