Brendan George Ko

Toronto, ON

I have lived amongst the yuccas and coyotes of New Mexico. I have surfed with the craziest sons of bitches I have ever met during my time in Texas. I grew up on the outskirts of Toronto, ON, and lived half my life moving throughout America, with endless road trips, and faces of so many, dear human beings.

I see every photograph I take as a document; a document of a memory, a document of a person; a time and place, a feeling and a trace (of something that once was, something worth remembering).

I am creating and recreating a history of all that I am, with words, and images, so that I can remember beyond my memory, for a record of being.

"You're a wild one, you keep coming for more wood. I wonder what you're building in that forest you call home." –C.R. Cooke

Brendan George Ko received his BFA in photography from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2010. Recently, his work was included in Jen Bekman’s Hey! Hot Shot competition, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward, and currently Brendan is completing the McCain’s residency at OCADU.  His work has been shown across North America, from Toronto to New York, and Portland to Boston. Occasionally he also curates shows throughout the land, and does editorial here-and-there.

The Barking Wall

I remember as a kid I used to cover my face with my hands, and peek at the world through my fingers. I could see the world, but the world couldn't see me. Nowadays I find myself assimilating with the hybrid; a creature I share a betwixt nature with, for we are both between two worlds, having multiple origins, and demand our own realm - such as a gothic castle, a tomb, or limbo to serve as a haven. I seek to create peace with a conflict of belonging.

The Barking Wall serves as a vault; a collection of visual memories that cross-pollinate with lived experience, and extended history (of past generations, oral tradition, and cinema), and spawn new hybrid moments. Applied layer after layer, these confused memories let go of specific places and time, and drift like phantoms, roaming free through the fields of imagination, meeting the visitor half-way, and letting one create their own narrative.


Ontario College of Art and Design, BFA. Photographic Arts

Ryerson University, Film Studies

Solo Exhibitions

Atmospheres, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON

Selected Exhibitions

Barking Wall, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, ON
Barking Wall, Hey! Hot Shots, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY
Barking Wall, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland, Maine

I’m Not Quiet There., Caviar20, Walper Hotel, Kitchener, ON
Selected Work, AFTH 2011, 25CPW, New York, NY
Barking Wall, Flash Forward Festival, Airship 37, Toronto, ON
Barking Wall, Summer Group Show, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON
Nocturne, Before I Die, Untitled Show, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON
Selected Work, Creative Type, Palmerston Gallery, Toronto, ON
Barking Wall, Reminiscence, Winter Interlude, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON

Before I Die (installation), Nocturne, We Are Wild, Xpace, Toronto, ON
Teacher’s Pet, Art School (Dismissed), Shaw Street School, Toronto, ON
Untitled Work, The Next Big Thing, OCAD Student Gallery, Toronto, ON
Nocturne, Grad Exhibition, OCADU, Toronto, ON
Nocturne (selection), Babiole.Bibelot, Gladstone Gallery, Toronto, ON
Loop!, Retrospective, OCADU, Toronto, ON

In Mind, Museek Music Video Festival, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
The Abandoned Island (preview), Scotiabank Banking Hall, Toronto, ON
Reminiscence, OCAD Contact Exhibition, Steamwhistle Gallery, Toronto, ON
Reminiscence, Retrospective, OCAD, Toronto, ON
The Great Escape, Strangers & Duets, Minnow & Bass Gallery, Toronto, ON
God, I’m Lonely (Again), Snap! 09, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON
Dissection Of…, One Line (installation), We Have A History, Xpace, Toronto, ON

In Mind, Film Fort, Toronto, ON
In Mind, 10th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival, Alabama, TN
How Can You Disappear When I Disappear With You, Moist: Summer Solstice, Whippersnapper, Toronto, ON
Bottomless, Contacting Toronto TTC, Toronto, ON

Awards and Achievements

Mark McCain Residency OCADU, Toronto, ON

Magenta Flash Forward Finalist

OCAD Photography Faculty & Friends Awards Scholarship
OCAD Student Union Grant

OCAD Photography Faculty & Friends Awards Scholarship
Mark McCain Scholarship Magnum Photos Workshop for Contact Festival
Magenta Snap! Stars 2009
OCAD Student Volunteer Recognition

Photography Representative 2008-09, OCAD

VASE Arts State Finalist, Houston, Texas

VASE Arts State Finalist, Houston, Texas


Riddlefence, Canada

Flash Forward 2011, Canada/US/UK
Shift, Canada
MISC Magazine, Netherlands
Angell Gallery 2011-2012, Canada
Off The Map Magazine, Canada
Poncz Magazine, Poland
The Printed Blog, USA
OCW Magazine, Canada
Adbusters, USA/Canada

Globe and Mail, Canada
Old Quarterly Magazine, Canada
We Are Wild (Publication), Canada
Cadmium, Canada
VOLUME, Canada
Unless You Will, Australia

Snap! Catalog, Canada

Please note: this is an abbreviated C.V. Please visit the artist's website for further information.

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