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Artist Talk: Diane Borsato
September 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Over the next several years, Diane Borsato will be working with the Small Arms Inspection Building and Public Art Department to realize Orchard, an ongoing project aiming to plant rare, historic or eccentric apple varietals in various locations. This artist talk marks the official launch of this long-term program that combines ecological, aesthetic, and gastronomical interests – while challenging traditions of public sculpture and contributing to urban life.
Diane Borsato (BFA York University, MFA Concordia University, MA Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University) was awarded the Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, and was twice nominated for the Sobey Art Award. She has exhibited the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, the AGYU, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Art Centre and in galleries and museums in the US, France, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan.
In her projects she has worked closely with various other practitioners including artists, dancers, and amateur naturalists.
Borsato was recently the Artist in Residence at the AGO, where she produced Your Temper, My Weather, a major durational performance involving the participation of one-hundred beekeepers. In 2016 she produced a new work with the Toronto Dance Theatre, and was artist in residence in the Burrard Marina Field House Studio at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. She also recently co-led the Art of Stillness Residency from artists from across disciplines at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Pico Iyer, Christopher House, and Richard Reed-Perry.
As Associate Professor at the University in Guelph, she teaches advanced courses that explore the relationships between art and everyday life including Food and Art, Special Topics on Walking, Live Art, and OUTDOOR SCHOOL.
Image: Diane Borsato, Cloud Party, performance/walking tour, 2017