Dialogues in Art
The School of Art and Border Crossings is bringing Gedi Sibony, a world-renowned and multi-faceted artist, to Winnipeg on Nov. 21 for “Dialogues in Art”, the first in a series of discussions with prominent artists.
Gedi Sibony lives and works in Brooklyn. He is a versatile artist who, in addition to painting and drawing, makes sculpture and installation. He is especially adept at taking the discards and cast-offs of contemporary commerce and transforming them into objects and spaces of lyric beauty and inevitability.
The event, which is open to the public, gives students the opportunity to learn what it is like to work as a practicing, professional artist. It is supported by the School of Art Student Association’s Visiting Artist Fund.
“Visiting artists expose students to what is happening in contemporary art locally, nationally, and internationally,” says David Foster, Associate Director of the School of Art. “Such visits provide new perspectives to students and let them encounter works, practices and ideas that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to explore. They provide models for students of how to continue their own practices in and beyond university.”
Sibony’s repertoire of material includes cardboard, carpet, plywood, garbage bags, plants, butterflies and children’s toys, all of which find themselves occupying the same space. He has an interest in the asymmetrical and has likened his sculptures to members of a traveling circus. “I want the objects to expand the space,” he has said. “I don’t want them to have weight or to have eye contact with you.”
The event will feature a talk by Sibony who will be showing slides of his work. Robert Enright from Border Crossings magazine will interview him and there will be a chance for the audience to ask questions.
Sibony has had solo exhibitions in Vienna, Dublin, Lisbon, St. Louis and Brussels. His work is in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, MoMA in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
He is represented by the Greene Naftali gallery in New York.
Gedi Sibony – Dialogues in Art
November 21, 6:30 p.m.
136 ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Road
The event is free and open to the public.