Richard Harlow and Maanii Oakes
FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC is the second exhibition in this series, featuring Maanii Oakes and Richard Harlow. Hailing from opposite sides of the country, these two artists converge to present work illustrating the inescapable impact of one’s environments, natural and human. SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC offers the audience glimpses into the artists’ efforts to navigate potentially overwhelming terrain, negotiating their own versions of landscapes in which they are able to thrive. We can never truly escape our past or the forces that have brought us to the here and now, but perhaps in looking honestly and unflinchingly at who and where we are, we open ourselves up to the potential of co-creating of what will be.
Drawing from the senses to invigorate new ways of experiencing visual art, this joint exhibition embodies an interdependent exchange of processes that uproot the narrative of the gallery setting. Oakes uses the performance of skin stitching and handpoke tattooing, as well as sculpting with artificial red and black sinew sewn through raw deer hide. Harlow uses painting to evoke and invite new sensations through touch. The two met for the first time at the Flourishing artist retreat in Halifax and quickly connected as artists and friends. What started as a reciprocal interest in each other’s disparate experiences progressed to sharing sculptural painting techniques and Indigenous teachings. Their 3D butchery scene is a tactile combination of their exchange of skills and knowledge.
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Flourishing: Somehow We Stay Authentic on Facebook
Exhibition Dates: November 2 – December 19, 2018
Opening Reception: November 9, 6:00-8:00 pm
Second Saturday Social: November 10, 2:00-4:00 pm
Artist Talk with Richard Harlow: December 8, 2:00-4:00 pm
Legendary Canadian songwriter, Gene MacLellan is best known for his hits from the 1970s, including “Snowbird,” “Put Your Hand in the Hand” and “The Call.” Juno-award-winning musician, MacLellan gained national attention as one of the most brilliant songwriters in the Canadian music industry but he was never comfortable with being in the spotlight. After struggling with depression, MacLellan took his own life in 1995.
The songwriter’s daughter and musician Catherine MacLellan was only 14 when her father committed suicide. Years after his death, Catherine revisits her father’s past trying to understand his life-long battle with depression. The Song and the Sorrow captures Catherine’s personal struggle to reconcile her family’s tragedy and break the silence surrounding mental illness.
Accompanied by live performances from Catherine MacLellan and Workman Arts’ Bruised Years Choir. Q&A with the director following the screening.
42 minutes. Toronto premiere.
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FLOURISHING: SOMEHOW WE STAY ATTUNED
Peter Owusu-Ansah, Sarah Ferguson, and Salima Punjani
FLOURISHING: SOMEHOW WE STAY ATTUNED is the first of four exhibitions that make up the series, FLOURISHING. Featuring the work of seven artists from across Canada, this exhibition series addresses the complexities of what it means to flourish, and how flourishing exists in harmony with, and in juxtaposition to, suffering.
SOMEHOW WE STAY ATTUNED is more inquiry than proclamation. The three featured artists do not present simple answers but rather, transform the gallery into a forum unfolding debate – within themselves, with each other, and with the audience.
Ferguson’s work explores the Trans experience; how Trans individuals embody themselves and their environments. Owusu-Ansah’s work as a Deaf artist seeks to deepen audiences’ perception of visual art, and understanding of how Deaf folks navigate a hearing world. Punjani’s work asks audiences to interact with their bodies and their surroundings in new contextual ways. Each artist uses their work as a springboard for us to challenge our understandings of bodies, both our own and those of others.
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Opening Reception for FLOURISHING: SOMEHOW WE STAY ATTUNED:
September 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Community Session with Peter Owusu-Ansah:
September 15, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Artist Talk with Sarah Ferguson, Peter Owusu-Ansah and Salima Punjani:
September 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Second Saturday Social:
October 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
SummerWorks kicks off the Festival with a big party. Join us for a wild night of music, dancing, performance, and all around revelry.
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Inclusive Arts London’s Bridging Forward: Accessibility Arts Festival is bringing exciting works from local, provincial, and national artists to London over June and July 2018. This exhibition features emerging to established contemporary visual and media artists from Southwestern Ontario and beyond, including: Elaine Stewart, Aislinn Thomas, Hailey Doxtater, Jenelle Rouse, Vero Leduc, Sarah L and Judith Purdy. All events are open to the public and presented in accessible locations.
Present Tense: IAL Exhibition Opening with works by:
For more information: Inclusive Arts London Exhibition Opening on Facebook
Opening night! The night begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Toronto Reference Library in the Appel Salons at 7:00 PM, with honoured guests, artists, filmmakers, and activists in attendance. RAFFTO is delighted to welcome juror and friend of the festival Angelo Murreda to host the evening. Following the screening we will be joined by special guests from the feature film.
The Milky Pop Kid:
An actor and disability consultant is asked to help a former child star prepare for his triumphant comeback in a likely award-bait role.
Keep the Change:
David is an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his high-functioning autism. Forced by his parents to attend Connections, a support group for people on the autism spectrum, David falls in love with Sarah, a sheltered young woman who challenges his identity as “normal.”
Winner, Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Director, 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
Tickets: The Milky Pop Kid & Keep the Change
For more information about the films: The Milky Pop Kid & Keep the Change
VibraFusionLab (VFL) began in 2014 in London, Ontario, growing out of an artist residency and collaboration between media artist David Bobier and the Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University. The vision, to provide access to emerging inclusive or adaptive technology and design to artists of all disciplines and abilities, will be illustrated in the upcoming retrospective: VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication. Vtape is proud to host this immersive exhibition, which will feature educational ephemera in the Commons Research Centre, and works by seven artists involved in the residency program: Marla Hlady; Gordon Monahan; Lindsay Fisher; Alison O’Daniel; Ellen Moffat; Lynx Sainte-Marie; and David Bobier. The seven artists in the exhibition self-identify as either abled or disabled and all have been affiliated with VibraFusionLab over the past 3-4 years.
The works specialize in the exploration of “vibrotactility” in technology, investigating it as a creative medium, with a capacity to combine visual, audio and tactile elements into a highly emotional and sensorial art practice. Viewers can expect wearable devices, and new approaches to art-making that champion the senses beyond vision and hearing, to build new methods of communication and language.
An online catalogue has been published at www.vflvibrations.com with essays by Eliza Chandler, Evan Hibbard and David Bobier.
Deaf, what? is an exciting multimedia exhibit developed by Toronto-based artist Sage Willow in collaboration with photographer Alice Lo that highlights the experiences and contributions of activists, change makers and everyday people who identify within the Deaf spectrum – as having some degree of deafness. Filling Tangled Art Gallery with 50 portraits of individuals from across the country and interviews documenting their travels, these artists want to draw attention to the multitude of Deaf folk whose legacies continue to be ignored.
“The history of Canada’s treatment towards Deaf people includes acts of audism spanning more than a couple of centuries. It’s time for more visibility, awareness, and recognition. We are inviting you to explore our lives through our intersectional experiences in “Deaf, what?” – Sage Willow
As part of this project’s development, award-winning Canadian photographer Zun Lee will be serving as advisor.
For more information: http://tangledarts.org/gallery/space-shapes-place/deaf-what/
Please join us for an intimate artist talk with Bishara Elmi, whose new installation – Salt of the Earth – is the next exhibition to open at Tangled! If you are interested in attending this opening event, please RSVP using our Eventbrite page, linked here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/salt-of-the-earth-opening-artist-talk-tickets-38854530948
This talk will be held within the gallery and due to limited capacity and access, we are requesting that all interested in attending RSVP.
Exhibition dates: October 26 – November 25, 2017
Opening Artist Talk: October 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
Media Preview: October 26, 3:00-5:00 pm
Second Saturday Social: November 11, 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Tangled Art Gallery S-122, 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON
Dirt is the central material that multidisciplinary artist Bishara Elmi works with in Salt of the Earth; signifying how this element is loaded with multiple meanings and legacies that span across continents to the artist’s homeland in Somalia. This new installation is comprised of crafted domestic objects made from earth that enact a “home” space. These dirt sculptures which Elmi labours over in the making of the work could fall apart at any moment within the installation, and the sense of stability that comes with home could cease to exist.
About The Artist:
Bishara Elmi is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, educator, and public speaker working in visual forms and with numerous materials and creative processes, currently residing in Toronto by way of Mogadishu. Elmi also works individually and within collectives centering BIPOC youth, women and femmes voices and stories and has created many spaces for these types of storytelling and skill sharing to take place.
Tangled Art Gallery is Canada’s first fully accessible disability arts gallery dedicated to advancing accessible programming and curatorial practices. Tangled Art Gallery is proud to be barrier-free, cost-free, and open to the public. All events include ASL Interpretation, Attendant Care, and trained sighted guides. Service animals are welcome. We ask that you help us make our events scent free.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: Over the course of 3 years sab’s sketchbook was an intimate exhalation of diaristic navigation, and it is through the vulnerability allowed in a closed-circuit space like a sketchbook, where one can truly be contained and mapped out for all nuances. Approximately 30 drawings chosen from various sketchbooks, document the process of becoming and unbecoming as it relates the instability of mental health when moving through various stages in life. When the viewer encounters these maps of space created to communicate vulnerability, resilience and movement beyond, they are invited to occupy and reinterpret it as needed. This is an intimate display to create an empathetic connection with the intention of healing, to provide visual space of refuge and restitution, away from a place of pain, something new altogether rather than a reaction alone. In showcasing the process of navigation one is also able to see themselves, to allow the process to change oneself rather than whether the aspirational goal is ever met.
The show will feature sculptural work that acts as private anchor points, and two new works that were drawn as a result of this inner work, that have not yet been publicized anywhere, as a tone to set for the unfolding that happens once the process has reached a pressure point in trajectory.
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.
The artist thanks the Ontario Arts Council for generously supporting this work.
DIRECTIONS: Tangled Vitrines are located outside studio 30 on the basement level 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.
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