Gezi Cao is a writer and artist based in NYC. Her work spans a broad array of media—text, animation, water color, oil painting, and ceramic—that focuses on one central theme: the different ways that people experience loneliness.
Stephen McLeod is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Toronto and Newboro Ontario. His work is collaborative, socially engaged and presented in shifting forms of interactive installation, performance and video. In 2009 he completed his B.A. in Studio Art at the University of Guelph – as well as a good 2/3rds of a computer science minor. Often cloaking his work in humor and absurdity McLeod explores topics such as computational poetry, sound sculpture, repetition and labour, embodied consciousness, and learning through failure.
McLeod has exhibited in Canada and internationally, both as a founding member of the collective VSVSVS and individually. Recent and notable shows include, at the same time, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary; to space in, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto; not together, but alongside, Mercer Union, Toronto and The Sky Is Also A Map, Interaccess, Toronto. Performances and temporary works include How Hard is Your Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; 1-855-IS IT ART Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche, Toronto; Free School, Supermarket, Stockholm and Sailing Stones, Platforms Project, Athens.
Mcleod has taught seminars on interaction design at Sheridan College, and has presented workshops on topics such as machine learning, and creative coding. In 2016 he shared the honour of being awarded the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize as a member of VSVSVS and has received funding from the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council for his project Vexations Vexations. At Flux Factory, he will develop new work while continuing to perform his multi year video interpretation of Erik Satie’s composition Vexations. His residency is funded through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
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