Leitmotif Artist Profiles: Alexandre David, Patricio Davila, & Dan McCafferty

September 17, 2011

ALEXANDRE DAVID | www.alexandredavid.ca

(Truckstop) For this work, the artist transforms a truck into a square or public place, made to walk into and sit in, simply by surrounding it with a plywood platform that extends inside the truck to create a sort of covered space at the centre of this makeshift town square.

Living in Montreal, the artist mainly works in the field of sculpture, with projects often related to architecture. His work has been shown in various museums and galleries in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at Optica and Dare-Dare in Montreal, at Aceartinc in Winnipeg, Grunt  in Vancouver, YYZ  in Toronto and most recently at Espace Tilt in Lausanne.

PATRICIO DAVILA + DAN MCCAFFERTY | www.publicdesignunit.org

Public Design Unit 1: Parkdale’s Versions asks what version of Parkdale do we turn to when we think of the past or when we imagine the future? What is your version? What is her version? Which is the right version? Any local resident is a potential Hyperlocal Knowledge Experts and can help represent what Parkdale is really like or what it could or should be like. These workshops have been held in the neighbourhood and offer participants from the area as well as greater Toronto a chance to learn how new media tools can create models of a possible future Parkdale using their own words and images. The Digital Mapping and 3D Modeling Workshops will be held in July, August and September. Designs created in the workshops will then be displayed as part of the Public Design Unit’s Video Projection Studio during the 2011 Nuit Blanche event on October 1st.

Patricio Davila is a designer, artist, researcher and educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD (Faculty of Design) and currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. As a researcher, Patricio has been involved in various projects, including: Biomapping (investigating the representation of biometric data, movement and space through the creation of 2D visualizations and 3D objects); Information Design for Chemotherapy (field study with OCAD students and the University Health Network Healthcare Human Factors Group) As an artist he has created locative and new media installations including: E Tower (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Installation with the CN Tower and Rogers Communication); System for Forgetting and Remembering (Leona Drive Project interactive video installation).

Daniel McCafferty is a musician and designer, with over 12 years of professional experience in design. Daniel founded, co-managed and acted as creative director for an independent record label before graduating from NSCAD-U. As a designer he has worked on varied projects from newspaper and publication design, to large-scale wayfinding programs and environmental signage, to the design of stamps for Canada Post. After several years of professional practice in Toronto, Daniel received his Master's degree from North Carolina State University. He now teaches at OCAD University and keeps a small design studio practice focused on speculative design, writing and research.


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Advantage Car & Truck Rentals, Barton Floor Coverings, Belle Optical, Brock Carpet, Capital Espresso, City of Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, Common Sort, Free Radio Berkeley, Future Cinema Lab at York University, Gladstone Café, The Gladstone Hotel, Hope Neon, Ltd., Imagine8, Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts, Mangez, Mascot Café, Misfit Studio, São Paulo Biennial Foundation, OCADU, PARC, Parkdale Village BIA, Public Butter, Queen West Antique Centre, Queen West Subscape Inc, Rhino, Shop Girls, Studio Brilliante, Toronto Public Space Initiative, The Workroom and the spirited community of Parkdale Village.