Open Field Collective was founded in 2014 by Toronto-based artists Scott McDermid and Erika James. Our mandate is to bring contemporary art into outdoor spaces where art and community can interact. We are creating new spaces for artists to showcase their work on the streets of residential neighbourhoods. We are currently operating nine Street Projects (mini- galleries), one School Kids Project at King Edward Public School (kids create their own art for display), and one Floating Fence Project which displays art on public fences. We’re excited that the projects have garnered so much community support in Toronto and we’re expanding our projects into Guelph and other communities.
James is a multimedia artist working in text, sculpture, and installations. Her current text-based work uses plain spoken phrases laced with irony to comment on issues of morality, social attitudes, and slice-of-life situations. Her work has been exhibited nationally at places such as the McMaster Museum of Art, Harcourt House, McIntosh Art Gallery (University of Western Ontario), and Nuit Blanche. She has a permanent public art installation at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
McDermid (b. 1959, Brantford, Ontario) is a Toronto based artist who has exhibited in galleries since the 1970s. Four decades of painting have seen many changes in direction, however, a strong figurative element remains a constant. There is often a social content in the work. Scott is a member of the Open Field Collective and the originator of the Open Field Street Project concept. He is represented by the Mark Christopher Gallery.