February 28 – April 10, 2018
Presented by collaboration with Xpace Cultural Centre in partnership with TAIS
Philip Ocampo’s “Space Song” was produced by the artist as part of TAIS 2017-18 Microres program – a 3-week residency in TAIS studio from September 11 – October 2, 2017. Ocampo’s residency was presented in collaboration with Xpace Cultural Centre, and in partnership with OCAD University’s Digital Painting & Expanded Animation (DPXA) Program.
Space Song is an animated ceramic that tells the story of a fictionalized queer mythology, with space, techno-futurism and ancient drawings as its visual motifs. When documented in 360 degrees, the designs painted around this large ceramic vase activate via stop motion animation. In comparison to the previous heteronormative imagery of Western narratives, Space Song is a “found”, celestial artefact of a hypothetical future; it loops itself through the trajectory of the canon of history itself. Its deviant existence calls into question the universal veracity of previously deciphered myths, revealing a fantastic queer world hidden between the strata.
Philip Ocampo’s artworks examine personal desire; from diaspora to emotional longing, from power to nostalgia. Primarily working in sculpture, installation and drawing, Ocampo uses mysticism, the ethereal, and the celestial as tools for existential introspection. His work often engages with concepts in relation to privilege, queerness, love, family, and the ways in which they intersect. Ocampo also works in freelance, thus making ceramics and illustrations in addition to the aforementioned. He received his BFA in Digital Painting and Expanded Animation from OCAD U in 2017. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. More info is available at www.philipocampo.com
About Xpace Cultural Centre
Xpace Cultural Centre is a membership driven artist-run centre dedicated to providing emerging and student artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting. Xpace programs contemporary practices that respond to the interests and needs of their membership, and programs with shorter timelines to allow them to respond to contemporary issues in theory and aesthetics, keeping an up to the minute response to what is going on directly in the community. Xpace is supported by the OCAD Student Union. www.xpace.info