Centre for Artistic + Social Practice presents:
Diedrick Brackens, Andrew Bugden, Lesley Loksi Chan, Maria Hupfield
Curated by Sally Frater
October 4 – November 23, 2019
Opening reception: Friday November 8, 2019
Artist and curator talk: Friday November 8, 7:30 pm
Swedish textile artist Charlotte Johannesson began making artwork as a weaver creating tapestries that provided political commentary on current events. After acquiring an Apple II Plus personal computer in 1978, Johannesson taught herself to program using the same dimensions that she used when weaving on a loom.
Inspired by Johannesson, who combined an interest in traditional textiles and current technology within a single practice, Interweavings features work by Diedrick Brackens, Andrew Bugden, Lesley Loksi Chan, and Maria Hupfield. Exploring the intersection of seemingly dichotomous forms of [textile] production – the “handmade” versus mechanized forms of fabrication – the exhibition also touches on themes of mapping and astronomy, the body, cultural practice, and the ubiquitous presence of technology within daily life, while revealing the oftentimes inherent complexity and contradiction that exists within handmade art.
Diedrick Brackens received a BFA from University of North Texas, Denton, TX and an MFA in textiles from California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York, NY; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA; and the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS. Recent group exhibitions include Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Jewish Contemporary Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL; Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, NY; and Denny Gallery, New York, NY. In 2019, he became the first recipient of the Marciano Artadia Award and in 2018 he was awarded the Wein Prize by the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. Brackens is in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and the Brooklyn Museum, NY.
Andrew Bugden holds an Honours BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. In his practice he aims to explore the role of the visual in processes of socialization that inform personal ideology, class, and taste.
Lesley Loksi Chan holds a BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from McMaster University and a BFA and MFA in Film Production from York University. She has screened her work in national and international film festivals including the Reel Asian International Fil Festival, the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, the Vancouver Film Festival, Die Beginen in Rostock, Germany, Open Cinema in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Monterey Bay Film Festival. She has received several awards from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, United Nations Summit on the Information Society, Canadian New Media Awards, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and the Images Festival.
Maria Hupfield is a transdisciplinary artist working in performance and media arts based in Toronto. She was awarded the 2018 Hnatyshyn Foundation prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian mid-career artist. Her work has shown at the Museum of Arts and Design, BRIC, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, represented Canada at SITE Santa Fe (2016), and travelled with Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (2012-14); with recent performances at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Brooklyn Museum. Together with Jason Lujan she co-owns Native Art Department International and is a recently appointed Professor of Indigenous Media Arts + Performance, with a CRC in Transdisciplinary Indigenous Arts at the University of Toronto. Hupfield is Anishinaabe and an off-rez citizen of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario.
Sally Frater holds an Honors BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester/Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She has curated exhibitions for Or Gallery, the Luminato Festival, the Ulrich Museum of Art, the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, Georgia Scherman Projects, and Project Row Houses. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and is an alumna of ICI (Independent Curators International).
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