ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present "Lamps Weird,” a special project by Toronto-based artist Rafael Ochoa. The exhibition will be on display in the Video Room from March 31st to April 28th, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Saturday March 31st from 1:00-4:00pm. Rafael Ochoa’s “Lamps Weird” includes a series of 5 uniquely framed photographic prints and a single channel video. Ochoa uses computer imaging software to generate images that combine modern scientific imagery with Old Master tableaux, giving the otherwise antiquated a hyperreal contemporary twist. In “Hoefler” a thin gold device suspends sausage like forms in front of a medieval village maquette while in “Gewebe” an object reminiscent of an anatomical model is depicted in a renaissance interior. Ochoa finds inspiration from a multitude of sources, acting as an image handyman, piecing together various elements to build his photographic creations. Ochoa seems to act as a voiceless tour guide leading us through museum rooms, science labs and artist studios. There is something inherently unsettling about the deadpan alien forms and nondescript spaces that beg to be explained. The video component, “Processoring” (2012), is an artist's sketchbook of sorts, showing Ochoa's artistic process. It provides a glimpse into the planning stages including rough sketches on paper, test renders and formal studies. Rafael Ochoa is a visual artist based in Toronto. He received his BFA (2010) from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and is currently completing his MFA (2012) at York University.