The Making of BUFF 2017 – An Annual Art and Art History Publication
Now in it’s 14th year, BUFF is an annual publication featuring the work produced during the past academic year by students at all levels in the Sheridan/University of Toronto Art and Art History program.
Since 1971, Art and Art History has offered a unique approach to studying art by emphasizing both studio art and art history. Sheridan offers six core studios that students create in their initial two years of study: drawing, painting, sculpture/installation, print media, design and photography. Video, sound, performance and art education practice have also joined the range of disciplines available for study. As such, BUFF contains a rich variety of works and artists. Jordan Clawsey explores migration in relation to the natural world; Christopher Berwick expresses both the physical and digital self through performance; and Azadeh Monzavi transforms her journal writing into an encompassing wall installation.
The creation of BUFF is also structured as a learning opportunity. Designed by students under the guidance of faculty and staff, the collaborative process behind BUFF is intended to stimulate the experience of working in a design studio. Students were also exposed to various methods of print and book-making. In February, the class participated in a workshop at Massey College where they had the opportunity to print a poster using wood type on one of the old cast iron presses. Additionally, the class visited pre-press printing and binding shop Annan & Sons for a tour of the plant prior to proofing the press sheets for print.
The final 96-page publication of BUFF 2017 was launched on March 28.
Photos by Julie Pasila.
Buff Cover Artwork by Subin Ee.