Spectra Logic Spectra Logic is an ongoing series of site specific works centred around a process involving digital feedback projection loops and accompanying sculptures created for one-time performances. The work is grounded in the relationship between man and digital machine and the successes and failures that have resulted from explorative astronomical ventures. Honest and revelatory in their modes of production, the projections involve performative action paired with electronic manipulation which evoke both a sense of natural wonder and the ethereal (large, expansive shots from the hubble telescope, for example) with the brutality of failure (footage from the Challenger, Columbia and other exploratory disasters). Mirrored sculptures, reminiscent of fragments of human-made space equipment or otherworldly crystals, suspend in the rural scenery. The artist’s hand is partnered with science while nature’s relationship to geometry and pattern is explored in this iteration of the ongoing project.
Oliver Pauk and Michael Vickers are visual artists who collaborate on management of the Akin Collective studios and also on multiple other fine art projects. Both based in Toronto, Canada, Oliver received his Honours BA in Economics from the University of Toronto in 2005, while Michael completed his MA in Contemporary and Modern Art History at the University of Toronto in 2013 and an Honors BA from the University of Ottawa in 2009. Oliver’s work mainly involves photographic, installation, and video-based elements and has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Michael’s addresses the seductive and poetic qualities of form. Recent exhibitions include Push and Pull at Mercer Union (2014) and That Same Small War Within You at Truck Contemporary (2013). Together, Pauk and Vickers’ projects employ sculptural, installation, and projection-based elements involving industrial materials, geometric patterns and manipulations of light and colour.
AKIN Collective is an art studio and shared workspace, with studios in Parkdale and Bloordale Village. At AKIN, we have developed an affordable rental space that maintains a friendly and inspiring atmosphere suitable for creative endeavours and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds.
We build community through monthly Art Crits and Open Studio events that offer creatives the opportunity to share their projects, network, receive useful feedback and expand the scope of their practice.