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June 20 Artist Talks: Brenda Joy Lem, Morris Lum, and Emma Nishimura

  • Emma Nishimura, Slocan Lake: Northern Views I, 2014, archival pigment print on gampi with thread, 20.25” x 20.25".
  • Brenda Joy Lem, A New Fridge, 2009, screenprint on paper, 30” x 22”.
  • Morris Lum, Blue Lagoon Chinese Restaurant, 2014, photography on archival pigment print, mounted on archival foamcore, 20” x 24”.
Past Stories, Present Sense
Artist Talks with Brenda Joy Lem, Morris Lum, and Emma Nishimura at Open Studio

Artist Talks @ Open Studio, Suite #104, 401 Richmond St. W. 
Saturday, June 20, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Reception to follow

Presented in conjunction with the group exhibition Past Stories, Present Sense at Harbourfront Centre (June 20 – September 20, 2015).

Open Studio and Harbourfront Centre are pleased to present artist talks with Brenda Joy Lem, Morris Lum, and Emma Nishimura on June 20, 2015, taking place at Open Studio. These artist talks are offered concurrently with the group exhibition Past Stories, Present Sense at Harbourfront Centre. Artists will speak individually about their past and current work relevant to the exhibition.

Past Stories, Present Sense
The influence of narratives in belonging, identity and family are examined in the work of four Asian-Canadian artists: David Cheung, Brenda Joy Lem, Morris Lum, and Emma Nishimura. These stories link to the past through references to histories of internment and forced labour, as well as through the built environment within communities such as Chinatown. They tell the story of their own connections to this place now known as Canada that can be traced through the land and architecture.

Co-curated by Astrid Ho and Suzanne Morrissette

Brenda Joy Lem lives in Toronto where she cooks, writes, plays taiko, improvises on voice and piano, makes collages, films, silkscreen prints and care gives her elderly parents and family. Lem began exhibiting her visual art in the 80s. Her solo shows include Museum London, The Richmond Art Gallery in BC, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, The Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, The Varley Gallery, Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York City and the Mississauga Art Gallery. Lem prints, and exhibits at Open Studio. Her films played in major festivals across North America and are in the collections of the National Library of Canada, the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, the University of Hawaii, the University of Michigan and the San Francisco Art Institute, among others.

Morris Lum is a Mississauga-based photographer/artist whose work explores the hybrid nature of the Chinese-Canadian community through photography, form and documentary practices. Morris is currently working on a cross Canada project that looks specifically at the transformation of Chinatown. He has exhibited internationally and in 2013 and 2015 was the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts project grant for visual artists and an Ontario Arts Council grant for emerging visual artists. Morris currently teaches at the University of Toronto in John H. Daniel faculty of Architecture of Landscape and Design and the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Emma Nishimura is a Toronto-based artist whose art practice ranges from traditional etchings and archival pigment prints to sculpture and art installations. Her work has been exhibited in both Canada and the US and is in public and private collections. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013 and her BA from the University of Guelph in 2005. Nishimura currently teaches printmaking courses at OCAD University and Open Studio. She has been an Open Studio member since 2007. Recent exhibitions include the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto), the Morgan Art of Papermaking (Cleveland, Ohio), and Open Studio (Toronto).

The Co-curators would like to acknowledge support from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries for additional funding of this project through the OAAG Leadership and Cultural Pluralism Project.

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