You probably want to go check this out tomorrow night-now the offical statement (oh and artcrawl is this Friday!!!)
(GOTO THE ARTSHOWS PAGE ON THE TOP TO SEE WHAT IS COMING, I WILL REPOST IT ALL TOMMORROW ON THIS PAGE)
The exhibition until we fearless pushes viewers to reconsider perceptions and inhibitions about the cultural identities associated with Africa and the African Diaspora.
until we fearless debuts Voo Doo You Doo Speak, an architectural sculpture created site-specific to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Viewers can enter the structure to experience a highly charged technological environment, including a multi-channel video installation of animated African masks, Dadaist sound poetry, and an electronic sound piece by Hamilton’s Jeremy Greenspan of the electronic pop music group Junior Boys. Voo Doo You Doo Speak intertwines notions of duality, hybridity, and nonsensicality, while negotiating the meaning and context of stereotypical African images and objects.
Love Kill is a new suite of animations shown on video totems throughout the space. Combining drawing, animation and music, they evoke dark humour in their display of animals at prey. Neo-Primitivism II features life-sized deer decoys wearing fabricated African masks, inviting viewers to think about the use of synthetic and natural materials, nature and culture, and again, hybridity.
This exhibition is Fernandes’ first solo exhibition at the museum level, and is the culmination of several years of his most poignant artistic investigations.
Born in Kenya of Indian heritage, Fernandes immigrated to Canada in the 1990s. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University. He has exhibited internationally, has participated in numerous residency programs and is the current recipient of the New Commissions Project through Art in General, New York. He is based between Toronto and New York. His work is represented by Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.
Brendan Fernandes has been long-listed for the 2010 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent prize for contemporary Canadian art. For more information about this award, visit: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/en/sobeyartaward.
A forthcoming exhibition catalogue will include an essay by Melissa Bennett and an interview with the artist by Eric C. Shiner, the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
June 10 to October 3, 2010
opening reception: Thursday June 10, 7 to 9pm