off centre is an online publication dedicated to writing about contemporary art and artists outside of large metropolitan centres. We believe it is important to highlight the practices of and provide opportunities for artists, writers, and curators who produce and exhibit in these regions, challenging the expectation that culture emerges in the centre and works its way beyond.
off centre is committed to working with artists, writers, and curators who are emerging, Indigenous, racialized, Queer, working in alternative practices and abilities, from diverse cultural backgrounds, or otherwise underrepresented.
off centre was collaboratively founded by Adrienne Crossman and Luke Maddaford.
Luke Maddaford is an interdisciplinary Canadian artist and curator whose practice explores the intersection of identity and place. Emerging out of his personal experience, he is interested in how we navigate social and physical spaces and how those experiences inform the way we perceive ourselves and the spaces we occupy. With a special interest in queer identity, much of his current research revolves around non-urban space and the history of queer occupation. He has exhibited throughout Canada, and holds a Diploma in Visual Art and Design from Keyano College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art + Design, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art from the University of Windsor. He currently lives in Windsor, ON, where he operates a contemporary art space out of his garage.
Adrienne Crossman (they/them) is an artist, educator and curator based in Hamilton, Ontario. They hold an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Windsor (2018), and a BFA in Integrated Media with a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University (2012). Their practice investigates the liminality between the digital and the physical while highlighting queer sensibilities in the everyday. Crossman is interested in how the terms trans* and non-binary apply to media as well as gender, and she creates queer interventions through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture. Adrienne has recently written for the IOTA Institute and Kapsula magazine and is an Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts at McMaster University.