Event Details
June 21, 2017
Visiting Artist Talk - Brendan Fernandes
Anna Leonowens Gallery
Artists' Talks and Presentations

Visiting artist Brendan Fernandes will discuss his exhibition in Gallery 2 at 12 Noon on Wed June 21. Everyone is welcome!

Gallery 2
Move In Place
Brendan Fernandes, visiting artist

Move in Place is a series of digital, photographic collages produced in collaboration with the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Queens University, Kingston, ON. Images and 3D scans of objects from the Seattle Art Museum African collection and The Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of African Art at the Agnes were unfolded, digitally cut, reassembled and juxtaposed with body parts of ballet dancers. The African art objects, which represent the accoutrements of West African masquerade, form new hybrids with the gestures of Classical French ballet. Combining these two languages against the backdrop of an ambiguous and archival digital space, Move in Place raises questions about the visual and discursive habits that shape understandings of African art within Western museums.

Bio: Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Museum of Art and Design New York, Art in General, the Musee d'art contemporary de Montreal, The National Gallery of Canada, the Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA, Deutsche Guggenheim and the Western New York Biennial through The Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Fernandes was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada's pre-eminent award for contemporary art in 2010, and was on the longlist for the award in 2013 and 2015. He was a 2014 recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and Fellowship. A national Canadian tour of his work recently concluded with the publication of an artist monograph, Brendan Fernandes: Still Move produced by Black Dog Press in London, which will be launched June 21st at 6pm at the Anna Leonowens' Art Bar +Projects!

For additional information:
Kate Walchuk