Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hazleton Plinth Sculpture Contest

The results for the Hazleton Plinth Sculpture Contest were finally released yesterday! Looking at the call for submission back in November made me kind of wish that I made more free standing sculpture!
After seeing the results of the competiton, I am really excited about the juries final selections. So without any further ramblings, here are the results of the competition!

 I See Through Them
Jaime Angelopoulos, 2011.
55" x 35" x 27"
cotton and polyester fabric, plaster, foam.
Courtesy Parisian Laundry and the artist.

The Hazleton Plinth - Sculpture 
Competition, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Toronto’s Jaime Angelopoulos is the winner of the Hazelton Plinth Sculpture Contest. The judges felt that her strong and original practice, dedication to sculpture and singular voice combined to created an evocative and exciting work, worthy of the distinction.

Angelopoulos will receive an honorarium of $4000, use of The Hazelton Hotel’s private screening room for an artist’s talk, plus one night’s accommodation. Her work “I See Through Them” (2011), will go on display on the plinth in the hotel’s lobby in January 2013.

The hotel also decided to award two honorable mentions. The first honorable mention was given to Janet Macpherson for her work "Virgin Mary," for the intricate ceramic work and fine detail. The second honorable mention was awarded to Lee Kline's "Pink Resin Wedge," for the degree of finesse involved in resin casting and the dynamic use of colour.

In September 2012, The Hazelton Hotel placed a call for artists from The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), to submit a sculptural work for a designated pedestal in the dynamic and popular lobby space. The hotel received an overwhelming response with over 150 sculptural entries from artists across the GTA. The pieces were submitted by emerging, mid-career and established artists working in a full range of materials and styles – from figurative bronzes and stone carvings, to more conceptual and abstract works.

The submissions were judged by guest jurors: Bruno Billio (Hazelton Hotel artist, sculptor and designer at, Kelly McCray (Curator, artist and co-founder of ArtBarrage and BANK On ART) and Troy Seidman (Art and design consultant and founder of Caviar20).

Jaime Angelopoulos received her MFA from York University (2010), and BFA from NSCAD University (2005). She completed Post Baccalaureate studies at Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX (2006-07) and an artist residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2006). Jaime has exhibited her sculptures and drawings internationally and has presented solo exhibitions across Canada, notably at Parisian Laundry (Montreal, QC) and YYZ Artist Outlet (Toronto, ON). She was recently included in “trans/FORM: Matter As Subject> New Perspectives,” at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA). She is currently preparing for a solo project at VOLTA Art Fair in New York City with her representative gallery Parisian Laundry. Jaime’s work has been acquired by numerous private collections and can be found in the collections of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ALDO Group, York University and the Bank of Montreal. The Canada Council for the Arts, The Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, have supported Jaime for numerous projects. She lives and works in Toronto and is represented by Parisian Laundry in Montreal.
Jaime Angelopoulos’ most recent body of sculpture explores figuration through abstract form. The abstract nature of her work speaks to the precarious and ambiguous nature of the human emotion and behavior. The sculpture "I See Through Them" is pink in color, shaggy in texture, and ambiguous in form. This sculpture is reminiscent of a child's fantasy creature with a humorous and playful quality. However, its form and stance is suggestive of a twisting body, revealing hollow sections where one can literally "see through" the sculpture. The title of the piece poses an accusatory tone; figuratively speaking, when we "see through" someone it insinuates deceit or trickery. Affixing cylinder foam tubes together and reinforcing them with several layers of burlap and plaster constructed “I See Through Them”. Over fifteen thousand fabric strips were hand cut and then hammered onto this plaster armature.

Virgin Mary
Janet Macpherson, 2012.
Porcelain, gold lustre.
22” x 10.5” x 10."
Image: Courtesy of the artist.

Janet Macpherson earned her Bachelor degree in philosophy from York University in 1996 and attended Sheridan College from 1999 to 2002. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University, where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and taught in the ceramics area for three years. Janet employs mold-making and slip-casting techniques to make small porcelain figures of animals and hybrid beings influenced by medieval marginalia and Christian iconography. She has exhibited her work in Canada, and extensively in the U.S. She has been the recipient of the David E. Davis Award for Artistic Excellence at the Sculpture Centre in Cleveland, Ohio, The Best in Category for Ceramics at The 51st Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and was nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award, which was held at The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto in September 2012. Janet is currently an artist-in-residence in the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre, and most recently completed a visiting artist/faculty residency in the ceramics department at Sheridan College.

Pink Resin Wedge
Lee Kline, 2011.
Polyester Resin
10” x 20” x 48.”
Image: Courtesy of the artist.

Lee Kline has been exploring the consequences of materiality within the contexts of art and architecture for the past 25 years. As an artist and materials engineer, his artistic vocabulary has distilled into the realm of physics, and how we not only respond to, but also understand that we are living within that world - a world transcendent of words, where one experiences light, form and physicality in a way that places them directly within the work. Lee’s work evokes a sense of memory to what the world is made of, yet how man plays creator through innovation and science, calling our modern world out with both judgment and seduction. Lee’s mandate is to create the illusion of simplicity and delicacy by mastering the limits of a material, and then deliberately re-contextualizing it in a way that can betray itself. Kline has moved through the mastery of materials over the years, from wood, glass, Italian mosaic, and cast metals, through to plastics, resins and organics.

Please direct any inquiries regarding this competition to Samantha Mogelonsky at For media inquires, please email Lindsay Tessis at

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