Important Men – by Jennifer Chan

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Important Men – by Jennifer Chan

Web launch - Monday, October 23, 2017

IOTA: DATA is pleased to present a launch of the second of three commissioned web-based projects. IOTA invited artists J.R. Carpenter (UK), Jennifer Chan (Ontario), and Liz Solo (Newfoundland) to produce new web-projects. An e-publication on the topic of web-based art communities, digital aesthetics and the historie(s) of Web Art will be produced with writers announced late 2017. Full project page:

Jennifer Chan’s commission, Important Men looks like a lifestyle website and modeling portfolio. Inspired by her recent work in digital advertising and different online initiatives to reform "toxic masculinity", she sought to create her own oeuvre of male portraiture by photographing the important masculine influences in her life.

Jennifer Chan is a new media artist and web developer based in Toronto. She makes videos, installations, websites, and objects as social commentary on sex, success, love, equality, suffering and happiness. Her work has been featured in Rhizome, LEAP, Modern Painter, Dazed, Sleek, Kunstkritik, VVORK, and ARTFORUM. She recently completed a commission for New Forms festival (Vancouver) and had a solo show at Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon). Her videos are represented by VTape (Toronto) and Videotage (Hong Kong). She has had solo presentations at Galleri CC (Malmo), Images Festival (Toronto), Future Gallery (Berlin) and Transmediale (Berlin). Her recent IOTA Institute commission, Important Men will debut with LTD Los Angeles at Art Toronto.

IOTA is an Invigorator of unconventional artistic and social practices, focusing on art forms based in technology, social interventions, and life science. IOTA has three distinct wings: INSTITUTE for research, INTRA for public interventions and STUDIOS for the support of its roster of artists. IOTA: DATA runs under the INSTITUTE's research projects. (website under transition)

This project is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.