Terrestrial/Celestial: Artist Talk by Diane Borsato

Diane Borsato, The Chinatown Foray, 2009

Terrestrial/Celestial: Artist Talk by Diane Borsato

Sunday May 9th, 2pm
Western Front Lux
303 E8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Access Gallery presents an artist talk by Sobey award nominated artist Diane Borsato at the Western Front Lux, 2pm Sunday May 9th. In Vancouver to complete a new project for Access Gallery’s summer exhibition, Field Work (June 25 – July 24), Diane Borsato will discuss her recent relational and interventionist projects. In works such as The Chinatown Foray (2009-10) and Terrestrial/Celestial, the artist collaborated on events with groups of amateur mycologists (mushroom enthusiasts) and astronomers. In the ongoing work Italian Lessons, the artist has been establishing unorthodox language instruction tutorials with physics students, ambulance paramedics, and salsa dancers. Other recent projects include Snakebus, where the artist hired a reptile educator (with live reptiles) to substitute for herself in a performance on a school bus. Borsato’s current practice explores multi-sensory, affective, and relational ways of knowing. Several recent works involve amateur naturalists, plants, fungi and animals. For examples of her work visit: www.dianeborsato.net

Diane Borsato completed a BFA at York University (1997), an MFA at Concordia University (2001), and an MA in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. (2003). She has exhibited sculpture, video, photography, performance and public interventions at various galleries and museums in Canada and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Nuit Blanche Toronto (2006), ARTEFACT  Montreal Sculpture Triennial (2007), L’Oeil de Poisson in Quebec City (2008), The Power Plant in Toronto (2008), the AGYU in Toronto (2009), The National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec and the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Val-de-Marne in Paris, Mercer Union in Toronto, and the Umami Festival of Performance Art in New York City. Borsato’s works have been studied and reviewed in many publications including The Globe and Mail, C Magazine, Prefix Photo, Esse, and Canadian Art. She is currently Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of Guelph, and lives in Toronto. For examples of past work and information about upcoming projects visit www.dianeborsato.net

The exhibition Field Work is curated by Shaun Dacey, a candidate in the Masters Degree in Critical Curatorial Studies at The University of British Columbia, with support from the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia.

Access Gallery gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, our members and volunteers. Access is a member of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres.