WALL SPACE GALLERY is proud to present the newest work by artists Manny Trinh (Toronto) and Olivia Johnston (Ottawa).
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Manny Trinh was born in Saigon City, Vietnam and is now based in Toronto, Ontario Canada. He works out of his studio in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto.
His vivid memories of the human landscape of his homeland — dense yet sprawling, chaotic with an underlying order, decaying but full of life and growth — have become major influences on his work. After immigrating to Canada he became passionate about skateboarding, which provided another important influence. The culture of skateboarding was more than an outlet for physical creativity. Being outdoors allowed Manny to interact with human structures and inspired a fascination with the textures of different surfaces that permeates his work.
Manny's art has expanded to focus on the entanglement of fantasy and reality by encapsulating a recognizable human core within surreal technology and splintered mechanical landscapes.
Olivia Johnston is an artist based in Ottawa, Canada. She completed a BAh in Art History at Carleton University in 2015, graduating with High Distinction, and is currently the Photographic History Instructor at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Her practice includes both photo-based and multi-media work, within which she is preoccupied by questions of art history and the photographic image. In her photographic practice, Johnston makes use of numerous genres, including studio portraiture, self-portraiture, landscape, and still life, in order to explore themes of gender, sexuality, individuality, vulnerability, and identity.
In 2017, Johnston was a finalist for the RBC Emerging Artist Award. Her work has been displayed nationally, including in Ottawa's Nuit Blanche, as a part of the City of Ottawa’s collection, and in the largest photography event in the world, the CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. She has also shown her work internationally, in New York, NY; Portland, OR; Saint-Louis, Senegal; and London, England. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including in NU Magazine (Montreal), Herd Magazine (Ottawa), the Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa), and Applied Arts Magazine (Toronto).