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Picture This @ the Tranzac

Picture This is not your typical art show. Young artists show their work and display it cautiously, but they are relaxed, easy-going, extremely talkative and...buzzed.

My old roomie and friend Mike Juneau is an OCAD student who originally attended the University of Guelph-Humber. After one year of being in a program he was disappointed in, he decided to apply to OCAD with high hopes of being accepted. Juneau's photography, documentaries and artwork were well received and now he is in his second-year at OCAD, discovering more about his artistic belonging in the city.

Juneau decided to make photocopies of sketches/drawings from a black book filled with analogies and ideas. Juneau explained, "These drawings have been a collection of over three years."

As I watched Juneau tape the drawings together creating one big collage covering a wall, people surrounded Juneau telling him which drawings they liked best. "Yeah! I like that one too!" Juneau showed a lot of enthusiasm in his project. The drawings resembled some silly sketches about a man with pubic hair and a crotch, where as other drawings had more meaning involving vegetarianism and the concept of falling in love.

Photographer Joe Fuda presented his work with beautiful black framing which added a metallic look to his photographs. Most of his work was candid photography of local musicians like K-OS, Magneta Lane and Broken Social Scene. The ideas behind Fuda's images are original and the details in the photos are crisp with substance.

It was fun looking around at all the different mediums of art. Todd Julie's collection of illustrations were extremely powerful and skilled. Checking out his Web site is a must.

Unfortunately I had to leave early to attend another event, but kudos to Tranzac for the sexy set-up.


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