Michael Fernandes: Before and After the electric car

Image by Michael Fernandes, 2020. Design by Studio123.

Michael Fernandes: Before and After the electric car

La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario

January and February 2021

From his home in East Dover near Halifax, artist Michael Fernandes shares his daily thoughts with us in the form of images and short texts in the context of an “at home” residency. Intrigued by the poetry of everyday life, by the art that emerges from the maritime environment where he has resided for more than three decades, and by the immediacy of improvised creation, Fernandes seeks to establish a diaristic dialogue with himself, as well as with a larger virtual audience.

Before and After the electric car (Avant et Après la voiture électrique) is a project in which Fernandes witnesses and highlights the subtle moments when art merges with everyday life, so as to broaden the parameters of art as a discipline. By his way of working—a methodology that rather resembles that of an archaeologist, a collector, a storyteller, or a philosopher—Fernandes highlights the fact that art is for him a way of life, a deep curiosity, a form of enchantment that permeates the ordinary.

Follow Fernandes’ project on Instagram at @beforeandaftertheelectriccar

About the artist
Michael Fernandes is a Trinidad-born artist who came to Canada in the 1960s to study at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His works often rely on polemical constructs like “us and them” to provoke a self-recognition on the part of the viewer. His installations have a sense of improvisation and literalism, which results in an intimacy and directness and opposes the packaged, the streamlined and the simulated. One could say—at least metaphorically—that his work is in the first person, present tense, and that it stands against facade and spectacle in favour of activism. At NSCAD, where he has taught since 1973, Michael is known for the subtlety of his pedagogical methods. He has exhibited extensively across Canada and abroad. In 2020, Fernandes was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

The GNO is temporarily closed due to public health restrictions. Currently, the GNO is not an accessible space, and will thus focus on virtual programming until we move into our permanent location at the Place des Arts de Sudbury in 2022. For more details, please contact info@gn-o.org.

The GNO is proud to be supported by:
Le Loup FM 98.9
Le Voyageur
CKLU 96.7
Laurentian University
Studio 123

As well as:
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council
City of Greater Sudbury

La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario
54 Elgin St.
P.O. Box 242, station B
Sudbury, ON P3E 4N5


IG: @la_gno
Facebook: www.facebook.com/galeriedunouvelontario