Artist Talk with Brendan Fernandes

May 23

Brendan Fernandes’ “Ballet Kink” 2019 Image courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum. Photography by Scott Rudd Events.

Thursday, May 23, 2:30 p.m.

Room 312, Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (3rd floor), 86 Fine Arts Road, York University – Keele Campus
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Chicago-based York U Visual Art alumnus Brendan Fernandes is the 2019 Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence at York University. Fernandes discusses his recent work in dance, queer politic and contemporary forms of agency and resistance in a public talk. Admission is free and all are welcome.

He will be on campus May 6 to 10 and 20 to 24, with a hiatus in between where he installs a work for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. The residency is in conjunction with the Intensive Sculpture Workshop, a fourth-year course offered by the Department of Visual Art & Art History which provides a valuable apprenticeship/mentorship experience for students, allowing them to work closely with a renowned artist.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Fernandes is a internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. His projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Fernandes’ projects take on hybrid forms: part Ballet, part queer dance hall, part political protest…always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity.

The Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence program is made possible with the generous support of the P. & L. Odette Charitable Foundation. The program strives to create a dynamic learning environment which supports the advancement of the art of sculpture, and where students benefit from participation in, and observation of, diverse professional studio practices. The residency provides the opportunity for upper-level undergraduate visual arts students to develop an enhanced working understanding of sculpture techniques from the perspective of eminent guest artists.

Brendan Fernandes’ “Steady Pulse” 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery

EVENT INFO: vaah@yorku.ca 416-736-5187

MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Stewart aps@yorku.ca 416-736-2100 ext 44044