Many Voices: talks by Chen Cao and Dionne Simpson

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Many Voices

Drawing and Painting is presenting four upcoming talks by visiting Alumni Artists. Each year graduates are invited to give an artist talk and meet with our fourth year students throughout the year.

Please bring your classes to Central Hall, room 230 from 12 to 12:30 on Tuesday October 24 for talks by Chen Cao and Dionne Simpson.  Many Voices continues in November.  All are welcome!

Chen Cao: 

Growing up with physical impediments I tend to contemplate on the limits of human potential. My work explores the idea of control and discipline relative to dualistic nature and cause and effect. Using painting as a medium, I try to understand myself as a subject and attempt to convey universal truth and beauty. Chen grew up in Toronto Ontario and pursued fine arts at Ontario College of Art and Design graduate of 2013. He draws inspiration from both eastern and western philosophies while pursuing an aesthetic of his own.  He is motivated to rediscover the thinking of the Old Masters.

Dionne Simpson:  

Dionne Simpson's current body of work combines tradition with contemporary content.  She pulls threads from large canvases using a traditional African technique.  New materials are intricately interwoven into the spaces where the threads have been removed.  She adds "found pigments" and further destroys and embellishes the fabric.  By subtraction and addition the work develops into a contemporary piece embedded with tradition.  Employing the canvas as a metaphor for the underlying fabric of Canadian society Simpson embeds fragments of our culture inside the windows formed within the canvas.  The square is a reoccurring element in her work and is used as a symbol of growth, order and stability that has become the backdrop for Western living from her perspective as an African Canadian artist.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 100 McCaul St Central Hall, room 230 Toronto, ON
All are welcome!
painting of man in front of painting of man
textile work, image of a face