The Chinatown Foray, 2009-10
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 Not Quite How I Remember It, Three Performances (After Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, and Bonnie Sherk), The Power Plant (2008), Snakebus, Art Gallery of York University (2009), and The New York Foray for the Umami Food and Performance Art Festival (2010). She is currently Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of Guelph, and lives in Toronto.
Something Better (film still), 2007
Aleesa Cohene is a video artist and editor based in Toronto, Ontario. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1976, Cohene studied Philosophy and Religion at York University (BA, 1998), Integrated Media at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and at the International Academy of Design, Toronto. Her work has been shown in festivals and galleries across Canada as well as in Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Scandinavia, Turkey, and the United States, and has won prizes at Utrecht’s Impakt Festival and Toronto’s Images Festival. She is currently doing a fellowship at the Kunsthochscule für Medien (KHM) in Cologne, Germany.
The Hunting (installation view), 2009. Prayer stools, candles, video on monitor, headphones, DVD player
Born in 1979 in Kenya, Brendan Fernandes immigrated to Canada in the 1990s. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from York University (2002), MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario (2005), and completed the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007). Practicing in multi-media, his works address post-colonialism and question identity in globalized cultures. Recent solo exhibitions include Until We Fearless, Hamilton Art Gallery (2010), Relay League, Art Gallery of York University (2009), Pray For Us, Diaz Contemporary (2009), and select group exhibitions include Manif d’Art, The Quebec City Biennial (2010) and Accented, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2010).
Will Munro and Jeremy Laing, Pavilion of Virginia Puff-Paint, 2004. Canvas, lace, found silk, props.
Will Munro is a Toronto-based artist and cultural activist. Born in Mississauga, Ontario in 1975, Munro is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (2000). As both an artist and a promoter of music and queer culture, Munro’s work is known within many intersecting communities. His work exists equally in the gallery as it does anonymously on the street through promotional material for concerts and music events. He notably collaborated with Jeremy Laing on a series of performance and installation projects titled Virginia Puff-Paint (2003). Recent exhibitions include the solo exhibition Inside the Solar Temple of the Cosmic Leather Daddy, Paul Petro Contemporary Art (2010), and group exhibits, Bowie, Clark Faria Gallery (2009) and Funkaesthetics, Justina Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto (2009).
Free Sno Kones, 2010. Sign, performer, plinth, Sno Kone machine.
Jon Sasaki received his BFA from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB (1996). Working in the vein of “romantic conceptualism,” Sasaki utilizes primarily performance-for-video, objects, installations and interventions in work that mixes humor and pathos, often with gently antagonistic results. Sasaki’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Gallerie Clark (Montreal), Gallery TPW (Toronto), The New Gallery (Calgary), and Latitude 53 (Edmonton). He has participated in recent group exhibitions at VOX (Montreal), the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (University of Toronto), the Owens Art Gallery (Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB), Simon Fraser University Gallery (Burnaby, BC), as well as the 2006 and 2008 editions of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. Upcoming solo exhibitions will be presented at Jessica Bradley Art+Projects (Toronto), The Doris McCarthy Gallery, (University of Toronto at Scarborough) and 126 (Galway, Ireland). He lives and works in Toronto.