Canadian artist Shary Boyle presents 2014 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts March 11

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Shary Boyle. Photograph by Miguel Jacob 2013
Shary Boyle. Photograph by Miguel Jacob 2013

Canadian artist Shary Boyle is the featured speaker for the 2014 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts. Boyle will deliver her presentation March 11 from 4 to 5:30pm in Room 312 in the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts on York University’s Keele campus. 

In her lecture titled, “The Land of Music and Silence: Half-Seen, Half-Heard, Fully Believed”, Boyle will talk about about her cross-disciplinary experiments with music, sculpture, theatre and performance over the past 15 years. Balancing the social worlds of travel and collaboration with an intensely private studio practice, Boyle will reflect on the necessity and power of each. The value of intensity, empathy, emotional intelligence and identification with the marginal will be considered and the social functions of art and music examined.

Accompanied by images from some of her favourite projects, Boyle invites the audience to consider art as a language of blind faith.

Boyle’s practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture and performance. She is the recipient of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s 2009 Iskowitz Award and the 2010 Hynatyshyn Award for her outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally.

Shary Boyle, Onus Opus, 2013. Photograph by Rafael Goldchain
Shary Boyle, Onus Opus, 2013. Photograph by Rafael Goldchain

She represented Canada at the 2013 Venice Biennale with her project Music for Silence.Flesh and Blood, a solo survey exhibition of her work, opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario in fall 2010 and toured nationally in 2011.

Collaborating with musicians, Boyle has performed live animated visuals at the Olympia Hall in Paris, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. She premiered her first full-length theatre work in collaboration with musician Christine Fellows at Toronto’s Enwave Theatre in 2012. Fall 2014 will find her and Christine Fellows in a small propeller plane, bringing their latest audio-visual collaboration to five outlying communities across the Northwest Territories.

The Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts is made possible through the generous support of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, long-standing benefactors of the Department of Visual Arts and Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.

Admission is free. All are welcome to attend.

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