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An oil painting of a sunset. The horizon is towards the bottom of the frame, and the centre of the horizon is a bright yellow sun. The yellow radiates outwards into a bright orange, a dark red, and dark grey blue. The sky features distinctly painted clouds.


Vision of Paradise by Richard Harlow
FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC
Maanii Oakes and Richard Harlow

Exhibition Dates: November 2 - December 19, 2018
Opening Reception: November 9, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Media Preview: November 9, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Second Saturday Social: November 10, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Artist Talk with Maanii Oakes in partnership with Emergence: November 22, 12:00 -1:00 pm
Artist Talk with Richard Harlow: December 8, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Tangled Art Gallery S-122, 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8



ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC is the second exhibition in the FLOURISHING 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.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
MAANII OAKES
Maanii Oakes is a working nineteen year old Swampy Cree Anishnabek and Kanienkehaka cultural tattoo practitioner and visual artist in the mediums of skin stitch, handpoke, pencil crayon and most recently rawhide sculpture. Her work is influenced by her home of Eeyou Istchee, as pressed by her late grandfather in enacting Cree ways of governance and being. She tattoos both traditional and contemporary designs pulling from her own archival research and the strong material culture of her ancestors including bulrush weaving patterns and the painted caribou blankets of James Bay.

RICHARD HARLOW
In 2010, Richard Harlow, an apprentice painter attending Emily Carr University, was diagnosed with Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, a rare optic nerve disease that affects 1/250,000 people with no cure. Harlow stopped creating art for years. In 2017, he reinvented his art style and enrolled in senior art classes at Vancouver Island University. With his “Accessible Art” he aims to eliminate the barriers in the art world. His work aims to convey that no person has limits to what they can accomplish and that having a disability is not the end, it’s only the beginning of a new chapter.

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ACCESS INFORMATION:
Tangled Art Gallery is in a barrier-free location. Audio description will be available for the exhibit. We will have ASL interpreters and attendant care present during public engagements. Service animals are welcome. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment.

DIRECTIONS:
Tangled Art Gallery is located in studio 122 on the main floor on the 401 Richmond Building. The closest accessible subway station is at Osgoode Station. The closest accessible streetcar stop is the 510 Spadina Queen Street West Stop (Queen Street stop going south from Spadina Station) and the Richmond Street stop (Richmond Street stop going north from Union Station.)

CONTACT:
info@tangledarts.org
647 725 5064
tangledarts.org

Tangled Art Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting disability art and showcasing the highest standard of accessible curatorial practice.

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