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Art & Ideas: Contemporary Art

Thursday October 10 - October 24, 7pm - 9pm (3 weeks) REGISTER

Members $60 | Public $80

In these informal talks held in our Weston Family Learning Centre, contemporary artists discuss their work and explore topics in contemporary art and culture.

October 10 - Iris Häussler 
October 17 - Amy Lam
October 24 - Diane Borsato

About the Artists

Iris Häussler (*Friedrichshafen, Germany)

Born in Germany, Häussler studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (1983-90). She immigrated to Canada in 2001.

Häussler is interested in the fragile boundaries between fiction and reality. In her immersive installations, fictitious stories cross the line into reality through detailed character biographies and the material evidence of their obsessive lives and works. She also creates series of objects cast in wax, works which speak the language of moments frozen in time, of objects robbed of their functions to become artifacts under preservation and conservation while also subject to the vulnerability of the material encasing them.

Häussler’s work has been exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include He Named Her Amber (2008–10, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto); He Dreamed Overtime (2012, 18th Biennale of Sydney); and Ellen’s Gift (More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness, 2012 at Site Santa Fe, and 2013 at Minneapolis Institute of Arts). Häussler was a stipendiary of the Kunstfonds (Bonn) and won the Karl Hofer Prize 1999 (Berlin). Since her immigration to Canada she has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery For more information please visit

Amy Lam (Toronto, Ontario)

Life of a Craphead is the performance art group of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley since 2006. L.o.a.Ch live and work in Toronto, Canada.

Projects include transporting two prisoners in a cage on the back of a truck, touring a live comedy show, giving away everything on a restaurant's menu, and building a 3-story maze. Their first feature-length film Bugs is in post-production. They were Artists-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Winter 2013 and produced the Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective, 2006-2056, an exhibition of all the work they will ever make.

Life of a Craphead have presented work at The Power Plant, Toronto; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Hotel MariaKapel, Hoorn, The Netherlands; Department of Safety, Anacortes, U.S.; and the Banff Centre, Banff, as well as at numerous comedy venues and music shows in Canada and the U.S.

Diane Borsato (Toronto, Ontario)

Diane Borsato is a Toronto-based artist working in social practice, performance, intervention, video, installation, and photography. Recently, she has worked closely with groups of performers, volunteers, and amateur naturalists in projects that explore social, mobile, and multi-sensory ways of knowing. As artist in residence, she will be researching the AGO collection, and working in response to objects, resources, and relationships developed in the museum.

Borsato has exhibited and performed across Canada and internationally including at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, the AGYU, MOCCA, and The Power Plant. Diane Borsato is currently Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of Guelph, and lives in Toronto.

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