ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) with Josephine Guan, Sean Lee (Tangled Arts & Disability), WIAprojects,and Gallery 1313 have been engaged this summer in the Alter(c)ations Project. This has included Josephine Guan'sThe Artist is Nappingin the Window Box Gallery and Raudvee & Patterson's exhibitAlter(c)ationsin the Cell Gallery. This project also marks the culmination of the exhibit series by disability artists entitledThrough a Glass Lightly. All exhibits are at Gallery 1313.
While the pandemic detached us from each other and our communities, and exacerbated our physical, emotional and/or mental conditions by its isolationism, we dug in and worked, and now scrabble back. We have been deeply inside our skins navigating within our closed circles, drawing out how we present (in) our distinctive worlds.
By reinvigorating the activity of drawing, our hands lovingly trace our body-minds, and indirectly each other’s, articulating alterations that are stunningly striated or swirled, unbalanced, and/or askew. We perceive our own body-selves as other and articulate these in relation to each other.
This is a personal and yet socio-political enterprise for in our doing, we mirror others’ “doings” in the larger disability arts community that likewise ripple out and necessitate respect.
The Alter(c)ations Project Collective: A selection of Patterson’s and Raudvee’s framed drawings or drawing-related works sat alongside a collective text-based wall-sized collage composed of individual words or phrases on paper by members of the disability arts community. A call was sent out by Tangled Arts & Disability for contributions to this project. Gallery visitors assisted in placing these collective words on the wall in performance on Saturday August 6, 2-4 PM.
Elaine Stewart Contributing artist to Through a Glass Lightly & The Alter(c)ations Project collective text work.
The Alter(c)ations Project: WE CAN WORKSHOP
You’re invited to the We CAN Workshop: A Disability Arts Pandemic Debrief & Call to Action! August 11th, 7:00pm – 8.30 PM EST on Zoom.
Many of us in the disability arts community have been unbalanced by this pandemic. This has generated moments where we have felt fragile, uncertain, and vulnerable. Spaces have opened – and closed. The ‘tide’ now recedes, and we are, individually and collectively, presented with a time to debrief and witness how we now present in our diverse worlds. What are the potentials/realities here? How has, or will this time affect our ideas, images, and strategies for practice? How (well) can we now access each other and the ‘gallery’?
This event is a conversation between Sean Lee (Tangled Arts & Disability), Josephine Guan, Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee (ARTIFACTS & WIAprojects) and you – the attendees. We invite the community to come and ‘workshop’ with us as we contemplate the implications of this post-pandemic time. Come ready to listen, share, reflect, grieve, laugh, and imagine.
Accessibility: ASL will be provided by Jo-Ann Martin and Kimberley Johnson. Auto-captioning will be provided.
Co-presented by Tangled Art + Disability and WIA Projects.
Description for main event image: Photographic work by Pam Patterson. Two images of feet read from left to right. The images shift from a distinct image of paired feet – white skin on blue-black asphalt – to an abstract effervescence of browns and golds as the imaged feet dissolve and disperse in water.
Haraway, D. (2003). The Companion Species Manifesto. Prickly Paradigm Press.
ARTIFACTS gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council for its generous support of disability artists.
May 02 – July 1st, 2016 Opening: May 02, 5.30 - 6.30pm Informal Discussion with Artist: 6pm CWSE Hallway Gallery 2nd Floor, OISE 252 Bloor Street West (Bloor & St George) Images by Joanna Black Winnipeg artist/researcher Joanna Black explores prejudice in academia in Sex/ism: ECHoes & ‘ReVERBS’ @ Ivory Towers . The abundance of articles and reports about longstanding persistent sexist problems in our universities informed the content of this work. For this exhibition in particular, attention has been given to the University of Toronto (U of T). Sexism at U of T was established in the university’s founding year, 1850. Its illustrious professor and president John McCaul firmly exclaimed at the time that the university doors would never be open to women in his day! (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2016). Even though the doors have been opened – and indeed during his day no less! – today’s glass ceiling remains intact: existent sexist attitudes are prevale
Opening Feb 5 and running until March 17th in the Window Box Gallery... Tari Ito's Video/Installation: Before the 37 Trillion Pieces Get to Sleep Photo by Leena Raudvee Tari Ito is a feminist performance artist who lives in Tokyo, Japan. Seven years ago, Ito was initially diagnosed in 2014 with a neurologic disease called SMA. But in October 2019, it was announced that, as a result of genetic testing, she now has ALS. The disease initially progressed rapidly and as a result she has become confined to a wheelchair. Ito has had to necessarily review the creative expectations she has of her own body. After a four year break from performance, Ito took part in LIVE Performance Art Biennale 2019 with the North American premiere of Before the 37 Trillion Pieces Get to Sleep , a new project which addresses the crucial reality, and the inhabitants fear, of the “invisible” presence of residual radiation in Fukushima following the March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster. This 2019 performanc