Book Launch, At Home:Talks with Canadian Artists about Place & Practice, Lezli Rubin-Kunda

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Black and white landscape illustration
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

About the book:

In this intimate investigation of the artistic process, Lezli Rubin-Kunda explores the nuanced path of creative work and the way artists make sense of home and place within their art practice and their lives. Rubin-Kunda is a multidisciplinary artist who examines these issues in her own work. But in this book, she expands her horizons, travelling across Canada to talk to more than fifty practicing artists, including Amalie Atkins, Aganetha Dyck, Sandra Semchuk, Francois Morelli, Simon Frank, Diane Pugen, Stan Krzyzanowski and Sharon Alward, about their work, their creative process, and the place of "home" in their work.

What emerges from these thoughtful conversations are fascinating and unexpected orientations to place as an impetus for art making, ranging from deep connections to a specific childhood home, to more conscious adoptions of place, to somewhat fluid approaches in which the very concept of "home" seems to dissolve.

Moving from physical landscapes to the geography of memories and recorded histories, from territories of emotion to social environments that condition and contribute to the idea of home, Rubin-Kunda touches on indigenous approaches to ancestral homelands, the land as physical place and emotional territory, the historic role of women in creating and taking care of "home," ideas of home disconnected from place, and liberating concepts of "homelessness." Woven through these encounters with other artists are Rubin-Kunda’s reflections on her own artistic path, as a Toronto born Jewish-Canadian who has made her home in Israel.

Candid, empathetic, and insightful, At Home explores the creative process and the ways that artists find and create meaning within a fragmented contemporary landscape.

About the author:  Lezli Rubin-Kunda is a Canadian-Israeli multidisciplinary artist whose work explores her relationship with her environment. She has exhibited, performed and lectured in the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe. She currently lives outside of Tel Aviv and teaches in the architecture faculty at the Technion University, Haifa, Israel. This is her first book.

 The book will be available for purchase at the event, and there will be live music, a slide presentation of the artists and light refreshments, as well as a book signing.

Lezli Rubin-Kunda

Venue & Address: 
Ben Mcnally Bookstore, 366 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
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Image of Diane Pugen at work outdoors
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Artist Talk and Watercolour Workshop with Diane Pugen

Watercolour painting of landscape
Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 5:30pm

Diane Pugen—artist, curator, professor, and a very close friend of Joyce Wieland—will guide participants through a two-day watercolour course to uncover inspiring natural landscapes, personal stories, and shared histories.

Passion Over Reason: Tom Thomson and Joyce Wieland has inspired a variety of interactive programs for all ages that capture the spirit of Canada and its artists. The exhibition features more than 80 Thomson masterworks alongside provocative works of art by groundbreaking artist Joyce Wieland.

For more information about the exhibition and related programming visit today!




Venue & Address: 
McMichael Canadian Art Collection 10365 Islington Avenue Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, L0J 1C0
905-893-1121 ext. 2210
Cost: $199 general public; $161 McMichael members and adult students with valid ID. Materials not included. Registration Required.

Nobuo Kuboto: Hokusai Revisited

Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 6:00am

Faculty of Art Associate Professor Diane Pugen has curated a retrospective of work by former OCAD faculty Nobuo Kubota.

Venue & Address: 
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery 72 Queen StreetCivic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario

Faculty of Art Sabbatical Presentations

Faculty of Art Sabbatical Presentations
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 10:00pm

Faculty of Art professors share work and research produced during their sabbaticals.

Venue & Address: 
Rm 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario


Black and White Landscape Drawing
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm





Neolithic France to Newfoundland

Journeying with a camera and sketchbook, Professor Diane Pugen visited Brittany and later Newfoundland during her sabbatical.  In Brittany, she was surprised and fascinated to find many remnants of Neolithic structures abounding in the land and was compelled to search them and explore their meanings. In Newfoundland, the rugged earth felt like her home and she embraced it.  Professor Pugen recorded numerous  places and began a larger site specific drawing which remains unfinished; the land is calling her to return.


Diane Pugen, 2015

Venue & Address: 
OCADU 100 McCaul St Room 667