Wy Joung Kou
Adam Roy Cohoon
Ciel Sainte-Marie is an elusive catdeer who likes to bite, romance, and talk about symbols & personal myth. She is a Black, Caribbean, mixie queer spoonie who is slowly venturing out of the wilds of liminal spaces. Faerie is dead. Long live Faerie.
Wy Joung Kou
Wy Joung Kou is an emerging queer multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. Their practice includes work in performance, writing, visual art, community-based art, and disability art. As a chronically ill youth involved in intergenerational artist and activism platforms Kou has spoken on panels and delivered keynotes about disability Justice and youth activism at various conferences, these subjects being intrinsically linked to their identity as an artist and the work they produce. They have been self-employed as a queer community barber and hair artist for the past 3 years, have been a self-taught jewelry maker since their early teens and have worked as an assistant artist on various public art projects with Red Dress Productions since 2015, learning ceramic and glass mosaic work in the context of participatory community art. Kou has exhibited visual/tactile installation art pieces in group shows such as Project Creative Users’ CRIP INTERIORS in winter 2015 and in the second edition of the show which was featured in Nuit Blanche Toronto 2015 programming. They were recently awarded the Ontario Art Council’s Access and Career Development Grant to pursue a year long internship with Red Dress Productions as they take part in the production and mounting of Drift Seeds, a community-engaged performance piece set to be performed in June 2017.
I am a Black, queer self-taught artist working in photography, collage, printmaking, and illustration. I see mixed media as a way of acknowledging the multiplicity and fluidity of being and I use materials that speak best to the narrative at hand. This practice seeks to challenge notions of a monolithic Black experience; exploring sexuality, gender, race, representation and intersections of identity. I use found images to investigate colonial histories, legacies of resistance in response to varied oppressions, and the reality of our current socio-political landscapes to excavate new possibilities and future imaginings.
Jordyn Taylor studied drawing and painting at the Academy of Art Canada. As a queer disabled woman, she uses her work to explore themes of body integrity and challenge societal notions of disability and autonomy. In winter 2015 Jordyn participated in agroup exhibition entitled Crip Interiors put on by the art collective Project Creative Users, of which Jordyn is a founding member. Later that year the collective got together again to create a zine called Atrophy, exploring the theme of cripping rape culture.
Beginning in 2005 Jordyn has been displaying her work in group shows across Toronto, most recently at the Mod Club as a participating artist in RAW: Verve. These days Jordyn’s drawing and paintings can often be seen at Super Wander Gallery as she works to put together her first solo show.
Lynx Sainte-Marie is a disabled/chronically ill, non-binary/genderfluid, Afro+Goth Poet of the Jamaican diaspora with ancestral roots indigenous to Africa and the British Isles, living on stolen Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat land (Greater Toronto Area). A writer, multimedium artist, activist, educator, agitator and community builder, Lynx’s work and art is informed by Black feminism(s), collective community love and social, disability and healing justice movements. http://lynxsaintemarie.com/
I am a Deaf person. I am not even thinking that I am a visual artist, but I love making images. Seeing is how I get my joy. When I looked at the joy of the visual art world, I felt pain because I did not see a Deaf role model. Even though Deaf people are there, their names do not show up. It is my challenge to do something about it by exploring my true joy of visual image. It is my hope that there will be a place in history for my work. It is my hope to inspire the spirit of Deaf visual artist to rise and be great as any great artist in the world. We are a part of the world and I do believe that we deserve to be role model to not just Deaf people but to anyone else too.
Adam Roy Cohoon
Adam has operated as an independent Artist and Disability Advocate since 2003, where his work has included blogging, photography, filmmaking, and public speaking. He has presented his film work at the Opening of the Toronto Free Gallery, Camera Bar, and the University of Toronto Disability Art Show. He first gained wide recognition with the Disability and Media community through his selection to the National Film Board Momentum Program. work has appeared on the blog “Enables Me” and my work has also appeared on “CBC Toronto”. I have also had my work appear in the “Metro” newspaper and “Toronto Star Online”. To his credit, and unique development process, Adam had developed a manner in which he himself, through recent technological advances, leading to the GoPro camera affixed to his powered wheelchair, and accessible computer and laptop, he independently developed a manner of producing films. Mounting the GoPro on a wheelchair has allowed me to take video and photos from first person perspective, using a custom camera mount
This exhibition features audio description for all works and will also have multiple tactile pieces. All events associated with this exhibit will be barrier-free and will have ASL interpretation. We request that you help us make this event scent-free. This is a FREE event.
Tangled Art Gallery is located in studio 122 on the main floor of the 401 Richmond Building. The accessible subway stations are at Union Station and Spadina Station. 401 Richmond can also be accessed by Streetcar by taking the 510 Spadina streetcar from Spadina subway station or the 510 Richmond Street stop going north from Union Station, which is intermittently accessible.