February 12, 2021
Tangled Art Talks: Bruce Horak
Hosted by Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Spurred by disability justice and the desire for more equitable and intersectional futures, the disability arts movement pushes forward with a renewed political intentionality to disrupt normative understandings of the arts. In this partnership, **Tangled Art + Disability **and the AGO are working together to showcase the possibilities and futurities of a world that desires access, disability and difference. Engaging six artists from Tangled’s community, we are excited to present videos that showcase their artistic practices in response to the AGO and its collections.
Bruce Horak is a Legally Blind Artistic Factotum and HoboSapien. He has worn many hats in the last 25 years of his practice and travelled many, many miles in pursuit of work; painter, illustrator, actor, writer, performer, composer, musician, technician, designer... the list goes on. His work brings beauty into the world with a bit of a wink. He has been a featured speaker and guest artist at educational institutions across the country, and has worked within the Disability Arts Community to bring awareness and community engagement.
In 2019, Horak was Artist-in-Residence at the Tangled Art and Disability Gallery in Toronto, Ontario where he conducted private portrait sittings with staff, artists, and community members to create a one-of-a-kind wall of portraits for the gallery. Since 2011, Horak has painted over 600 individual portraits from live and virtual sessions. This work brings together communities and individuals through art and the expression of self and story. The portraits serve as a record for posterity. Bruce Horak continues to explore avenues for creativity, most recently including editing and producing video, online content, and animation. He’s very excited for the time when he can once again hit the road as a true HoboSapien.