Hourglass Continent

March 3, 2012 – June 3, 2012

Z’otz, Nahum Flores [L] and Erik Flores [R] at IndexG (photo by Lee Ka-sing)

Hourglass Continent 
March 3 to June 3, 2012
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Ben Portis
Reception: Thursday, March 8, 7 to 9 pm
Curator’s Tour: Hourglass Continent Thursday, March 22, 12:30 pm Admission free

Hourglass Continent reunites artists Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Oscar Camilo de las Flores, Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano and Ilyana Martínez, who formed the Latin Collective at Ontario College of Art + Design in 2000. They have remained allied by mutual purpose and awareness while their careers evolved in disparate locations. Each has developed an intensive, extended drawing practice that involves pronounced elements of Mexican and Central American iconography, mythology and history, combined with personal experience ranging from political expatriation to cosmopolitan opportunity.

This exhibition consists of colourful mixed media drawings and a new animation work by Montreal-based Castillo (born El Salvador); dense ink drawings on rice paper by Toronto based de las Flores (born El Salvador); and collaborative drawings and a new mural created in situ by Toronto-based Z’otz* Collective: Nahúm Flores (born Honduras), Erik Jerezano (Mexico) and Ilyana Martínez (Canada). Hourglass Continent connotes an active Americas cultural migration that retains a distinctive granular composition as it pours across boundaries and over time.