Methods of Clustering
Collections: Explore larger, curated clusters of images, organized based on theme or general concept.
Compositions: View smaller clusters of images, carefully curated and composed based on visual elements.
Chronological: Navigate through clusters of images based on when they were added to the site.
Collate: Create your own cluster by searching using tag words: gesture, emotion, mood, etc.
Catalogue: Browse through one large cluster of images thumbnails, alphabetized by the artist’s first name. (coming soon!)
The Cluster Method
Globalization is here. The ‘canon’ of the art world has exploded and name dropping has become harder than ever before. With over 7 billion people on this planet, the number of visual artists and the diversity they bring to the work they produce is continuously expanding.
As technology advances, verbal and written languages are being compacted and/or eliminated entirely from aspects of daily life. Our attention spans are getting shorter, memorization skills are waning, and we are well on our way to becoming a largely image-based society.
The Cluster Method, developed by a group of soon-to-be graduating photography students at OCADU, is a proposal for a new method for dealing with this plethora of imagery. It is a way for us, as the creators, to hone in on our own curatorial expertise and aesthetic tastes to organize and reorganize inspirational works we feel that more people should see.
At the same time, The Cluster Method serves as a visual segway for research, guiding visitors through images of contemporary fine art photography, photo-based, and mixed media works in a variety of ways. Each image posted is directly linked to the website of the artist or of the representing gallery, pointing them in the right direction to get the information they need.
The Cluster Method Team
Meghan is a third year photography student at OCADU and a graduate of Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning with a Diploma in Applied Photography. Meghan is a primarily photo based artist whose work deals with the complex and diverse relationship between the individual and their environment. Using digital techniques to portray the altered landscape, Meghan’s work demonstrates a love of nature and the outdoors. Finding new artists has always been an interest for Meghan and the Cluster Method is a perfect pair for exploring different work using a technique that allows for her predominantly visual tendencies to take over.
Melissa Jean Clark
Melissa Jean Clark is a photographer about to graduate from OCADU in Toronto. She is drawn to photographic works created by strong female artists that offer a peek into the human experience. She has over 300 artists bookmarked, and even more saved on her computer. Working on the The Cluster Method created a venue for her to share artists she discovers. Organizing the technical aspects of the site allowed her to further develop her web development skills.
Sydney Rose Taylor
Sydney is a photo-based, mixed media artist and soon-to-be graduate of OCADU. Her work explores the personal and idiosyncratic nature of human experience, a marriage between digital imagery and tactility, and is manifested frequently through self portraiture. With an emphasis on the importance of experimentation, research, process work and play, along with a strong interest in education through the arts, Sydney has served as a valuable research tool (the go-to girl) for fellow students who are looking for artist references to inform or inspire their work. The Cluster Method was the next logical step.
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known…”
Tegan is primarily a photo-based artist whom in the near future will be a graduate of the BFA program at OCAD U. Her work often dabbles in the realm of abstraction, experimentation, transformation and perception and is frequently manifested through her low-tech, process-based, in-camera work. She also explores the world of possibilities within the digital domain. Her brain predominantly functions visually, meaning she often forgets names, dates and things as such. The Cluster Method was a perfect way to help organize her visual roster and allow for others to indulge, too