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Artlab Gallery
Western University, Department of Visual Arts

Tyler Durbano
and where is the body?

June 7th - 20th, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8th from 6-8pm

The ArtLab Gallery is pleased to present the MFA thesis exhibition and where is the body? by Tyler Durbano. Durbano’s practice employs hair and silicone as primary materials, using juxtaposition, and assemblage as tools to produce sculptural works that evoke a bodily feeling. Many of the sculptures are created by inserting single strands of hair, one at a time, into corresponding silicone forms, to begin a conversation about labour and queer identity. Referencing modes of drag, and their associated props, the work explores ideas of vulnerability, maintenance of the body, and performance. With this new work, Durbano creates a conceptual entry point through which the deeply personal, yet global, relationship people have to their identities, their bodies, and to one another can be explored.

Artist Biography

Tyler Durbano is a Canadian artist and cultural worker. He earned a BA from Acadia University (2009), a BFA from NSCAD University (2013), and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Western University. He has exhibited his work in artist-run centres and galleries throughout Ontario and Nova Scotia, including Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Forest City Gallery (London), Satellite Project Space (London), and MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie). In 2013-14, Durbano was a NSCAD University Community Studio Resident in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

http://tylerdurbano.com


About the Artlab Gallery

Located in the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Western University, the Artlab Gallery is a vital component of the Department of Visual Arts. Established in 1994 the gallery focuses on exhibitions, events, and projects that respond to social and cultural issues, supporting the research, and practice of students, faculty and artists from the region and beyond. The work presented in the gallery explores conceptual and experimental production incorporating a diverse range of mediums and methods.

Artlab Gallery
John Labatt Visual Arts Centre
Department of Visual Arts
Western University
London, ON, N6A 5B7

Web: http://www.uwo.ca/visarts/artlab/
Email: artlab@uwo.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westernuArtlab/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/artlab_gallery

GALLERY SUMMER HOURS
Monday to Friday > 12noon – 5pm

The Artlab Gallery & Cohen Commons are wheelchair accessible.
Admission to all areas is free. All are welcome.


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