Ghanaian sculptor Brahim El Anatsui's father was a master weaver who taught the tradition of strip-weaving Kente cloths to his sons. This textile technique has become a staple of El Anatsui's art: he amasses and refashions the debris from his community to create majestic, visual narratives that address his personal history and global issues like environmental sustainability. The North American premiere of his four-decade career retrospective When I Last Wrote to You About Africa is at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, having been extended to Feb. 27.
Blake Ward’s new works from his Spirits Collection provoke introspection, illustrating his contemporary approach to classical figurative sculpture and his development from firm academicism to a new liberating metallic expressionism. Building on the techniques of figurative sculpture developed in antiquity, his newest pieces challenge the classical figure by opening up the interior space of the human form as a way to search our inner selves. While the 59-year-old Ward remains true to the representational quality and the realistic proportions of traditional sculpture, Spirits crosses over into abstract and ethereal realms where he aims for provocative figures that expand the consciousness of our inner realities.
OCTOBER 10 - 21, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 984 Queen Street West
Opening Night Reception: Thursday October 11 , 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Now…what r u waiting for?
Workman Arts and the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts co-present, Now…what r u waiting for? featuring artists from each organization working in a variety of media including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video.
INTERACTIVE. INTERCONNECTED. INTERDISCIPLINARY.
Enter OCAD presents the thesis work of the class of 2010, an eclectic mix of more than 500 graduating students working in twelve undergraduate programs ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation in the Faculty of Art, to advertising, environmental, industrial and graphic design, illustration and material art and design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the university's Faculty of Design. Enter OCAD will transform the university's main building and the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design into the biggest exhibition of the year.