April 23 – April 23, 2015

You Speak / I Dance

Works by Diane Borsato, Adam David Brown, Brendan Fernandes, Kim Beom & Bona Park
Curated by Nam-In Kim

MVS Curatorial Studies Graduating Exhibition

You Speak / I Dance is concerned with Homo loquens. Language, as the dominant medium for human communication, presumes the encounter and the interface of different subjectivities. You Speak / I Dance presents works that question the possibilities and the discrepancies of the way in which language functions. Particularly resonating with the situations of education, translation, and instruction, the artists’ works included in this exhibition reveal the way language plays between us and how it locates and dislocates what we believe to be communicated. Witnessing effects of inclusion, exclusion and alienation, this exhibition invites us to sense the tension of expectation and betrayal oscillating in our habitual use of language.

About the Artists

Diane Borsato works in performance, intervention, video, installation, and photography. She has exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Musée national des beaux arts du Québec, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), and The Power Plant, and in the United States, Mexico, France, Japan, and Taiwan. Her works have been featured in numerous catalogues and publications, including the monograph, Diane Borsato, recently published by the AGYU. She is a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for her work in the Inter-Arts category. Diane Borsato is also associate professor of studio art at the University of Guelph.

Adam David Brown is a multidisciplinary artist living in Toronto, Canada. His subject matter is frequently generated from his interest in science, language, and impermanence. Brown has exhibited his work in Canada, Europe, Central America, and the United States. His recent solo exhibitions include For the Time Being and Infinity Plus One, both at MKG127, Toronto. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Reading Room (Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, 2014) and More Than Two (The Power Plant, Toronto, 2013). He was awarded the 2009 Artist Prize granted by The Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts. He is a grant recipient of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005). He has exhibited internationally and nationally including at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Art and Design New York, Art in General, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Mass MoCA, Andy Warhol Museum, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), and Deutsche Guggenheim. Fernandes is a 2014 recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg residency fellowship.

Kim Beom lives and works in Seoul, Korea. He attended Seoul National University and the School of Visual Arts, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include The School of Inversion, (Hayward Gallery, Project Space, London, 2012), Animalia (REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles, 2011), Objects Being Taught They are Nothing But Tools(Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 2010) and Kim Beom (Artsonje Center, Seoul, 2010). His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally across Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, India, and Netherlands. He is a recipient of a number of awards and residency grants, and his Painting ‘Yellow Scream’ was exhibited in the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012).

Bona Park is based in Seoul, Korea. She attended the MFA program at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her solo exhibitions include Friends (Gallery Chosun, Seoul, 2013), and her projects have shown in numerous galleries and museums nationally and internationally in the United Kingdom, the United States, Taiwan, Spain, and Italy. Her recent group shows and projects include Repeat/Rehearsal (Delfina Foundation, London, 2015), Art Spectrum (Leeum Museum, Seoul, 2014), Kissing Complexity, Aleph Project (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul, 2013), and The Ungovernables, the New Museum Triennial (New Museum, New York, 2012).

About the Curator

Nam-In Kim is a graduate student of the Masters of Visual Studies (Curatorial Stream), University of Toronto.