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Odette Sculpture Residency: Public lecture Brendan Fernandes

Brendan Fernandes headshot courtesy of The Banff Centre. Photo by Anna Springate-Floch.
NB the start time is 2:30pm, not 2 as previously posted
Chicago-based Visual Art alumnus Brendan Fernandes (BFA ’02) is the 2019 Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence at York University. He will be on campus May 6 to 10 and 20 to 24, with a hiatus in between where he installs a work for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. The residency in conjunction with the Intensive Sculpture Workshop, a fourth-year course offered by the Department of Visual Art & Art History which provides a valuable apprenticeship/mentorship experience for students, allowing them to work closely with a renowned artist.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Fernandes is a internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. His projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Fernandes’ projects take on hybrid forms: part Ballet, part queer dance hall, part political protest…always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity.
Fernandes discusses his recent work in dance, queer politic and contemporary forms of agency and resistance in a public talk. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence program is made possible with the generous support of the P. & L. Odette Charitable Foundation. The program strives to create a dynamic learning environment which supports the advancement of the art of sculpture, and where students benefit from participation in, and observation of, diverse professional studio practices. The residency provides the opportunity for upper-level undergraduate visual arts students to develop an enhanced working understanding of sculpture techniques from the perspective of eminent guest artists.
“I’m Down” 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery
“Ballet Kink” 2019 Image courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum. Photography by Scott Rudd Events.
“Steady Pulse” 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery


May 23 2019


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Room 312, Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University - Keele Campus @ 86 Fine Arts Road, Toronto
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