Outliers on Tour
March 8 to April 19
Opening Reception March 8, 7pm
Outliers on Tour is bringing the outsiders in. Stemming from Tangled Art + Disability’s Tangled on Tour program that ran from 2014 to 2017, this exhibition invites Disability-identified artists from across Ontario to consider how the city has been built and constructed as a concept by those on the periphery. Featuring VibraFusion Lab of London, Michel Dumont and Eugene LeFrancois of Thunder Bay, Chris ‘Bucko’ Binkowski of Ottawa, and Michael Keshane of Tangled Peterborough’s programming, Outliers on Tour will present visual and tactile works in the gallery, an offsite film screening, and public engagements.
This multimedia and multisensorial group show centres the artists’ perspectives as outliers in every sense of the word. Outliers on Tour draws a parallel between the movement of Disability Arts as an outlier to the contemporary art world, and cities outside the downtown core as outliers to the urban identities that shape our understanding of inclusive city futures.
Also see Michael Keshane: Screening + Talk on April 17 at Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space, 12pm
Michael Roderick Keshane is a First Nations independent filmmaker and artist from Keeseekoose First Nation, and the Coté First Nation Reserve. His work explores the sense of peace that First Nations people find through maintaining the cultural traditions of their ancestors in the face of uncertain futures and harsh realities.
Christine Negus is a multidisciplinary artist and writer employing humour and irony to investigate nostalgia and loss. Her works range from ephemeral objects, including glittery party banners, neon signs and artificially-flowered memorial wreaths, to single-channel animations and videos that are all steeped in a sweet sadness.
Michel Dumont is a queer Métis two spirited disabled artist currently residing in Thunder Bay. He enjoys breathing new life into discarded vintage tile by making mosaic pieces. He also works in wearable art, using packing tape, mylar, cellophane and LED lights.
Eugene LeFrancois is a Métis woodland artist, who identifies as an injured worker and not disabled. Noting that his injury while working caused the disability, Lefrancois believes society wants to lump the injured worker into a category of being disabled, which they are not. Lefrancois is a worker first and foremost, and will fight any label that is placed upon injured workers.
Chris Bucko Binkowski is an emerging multidisciplinary artist working primarily in electronic music performance and abstract paintings. He performs improvised synth based music via iPhone. Bucko paints squares in acrylic medium and atmospheric watercolour forms digitally.
VibraFusionLab is a development lab, educational centre, and presentation space where artists from around the world merge to add the sense of touch to their performances and works. Vibration arts, for the body.
Image: Michael Keshane, 9 Rules: from Safety Precautions, 2018.