Each poem, created from a unique collaborative pairing, strikes a balance between the work of the poet and that of the artist. This project expands the possibilities for how poetry and animation can be integrated and newly experienced.
Project commissioned and curated by Sharon Switzer.
Brynley Longman is an award winning oil painter represented by XEXE gallery in Toronto. In addition to his oil painting, Brynley has become interested in virtual environments as a frontier art medium. Using the virtual world of Second Life, he creates immersive 3D environments you can enter and explore. In Second Life he has shown with companies such as IBM and educational establishments such as the University of Massachusetts and the University of Kentucky. Brynley often films these environments as machine cinema or machinima.
Longman graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and studied in Florence, Italy. He also studied computer animation at Seneca College. His paintings can be seen at http://www.xexegallery.com
Catherine Graham is the author of three poetry collections: The Watch, Pupa and The Red Element. Her writing has been anthologized internationally and her work as poetry coach is highlighted in Poet's Market. Vice President of Project Bookmark Canada and Marketing Coordinator for the Rowers Pub Reading Series, she designs and delivers workshops on creativity for the business and academic communities and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto, Haliburton School of the Arts and through Diaspora Dialogues. www.catherinegraham.com
Dylin currently lives in Toronto and is up to his ankles in an Integrated Media thesis project at OCAD. His work is slow paced and intended to simplify and spotlight small significances. His video Memory Thief was shown as part of Images Festival 2008, his pedal-powered flipbook Cycloscope was featured in Future Bikes and last summer he animated crickets and movie posters for an OFRB PSA called Film Crickets.
Steve McOrmond's first book of poetry, Lean Days, was shortlisted for the 2005 Gerald Lampert Award. His second collection, Primer on the Hereafter, was awarded the 2007 Atlantic Poetry Prize. A new collection of poems, The Good News about Armageddon, is forthcoming in spring 2010 from Brick Books. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Steve now lives in Toronto.
Finlay Paterson is an artist and animator, based in Toronto. He is currently studying Integrated Media at OCAD while pursuing independent projects with local artists on the side. He has won awards locally and provincially for his work in animation and 3D graphics, and is currently working on a character-based animation called Aiming at Mountains, Shooting at Stars. He has just launched a new website and blog where future projects will be documented.
Matthew Tierney's second book, The Hayflick Limit, came out with Coach House Books in spring 2009. He is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award for Literature, and won 1st and 2nd place in This Magazine's 2005 Great Canadian Literary Hunt. His poems have appeared in journals and magazines across Canada, including Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead and Eye Weekly, among others. He lives in Toronto.