Upcoming Event at CUAG: Panel Discussion on Dennis Tourbin’s Work: Dornan / Nemiroff / Parker / Sharp
In conjunction with the current exhibition “Dennis Tourbin: The Language of Visual Poetry,” CUAG invites you to join in an informal conversation about the work of the late, great Dennis Tourbin, a beloved and influential artist in Ottawa. Each panelist — Christopher Dornan, Judith Parker, and Daniel Sharp — will consider aspects of Tourbin’s work from their unique perspective. The discussion will be moderated by Diana Nemiroff.
Christopher Dornan teaches in the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University, and has worked as a reporter, columnist, editor, and critic. The independent curator and art historian Judith Parker has researched Tourbin’s work extensively, and curated Freedom of Association: Dennis Tourbin and Other Artists at the Ottawa Art Gallery (2012). Daniel Sharp is an Ottawa-based artist and curator who has worked as a program officer and curator of the art collection in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. The independent curator and art historian Diana Nemiroff acquired Tourbin’s work La Crise d’Octobre / Chronology (1990) for the National Gallery’s collection. Nemiroff and Parker are both contributing texts to the forthcoming exhibition catalogue.
Dennis Tourbin (1946-1998) was a poet, painter, performance artist, novelist, poetry-magazine publisher, and arts activist. Tourbin’s visual art includes his trademark vividly coloured “painted poems” in acrylic and watercolour, as well as black ink drawings and silkscreen prints. His most well-known paintings, made in the 1990s, address the October Crisis of 1970 — a topic Tourbin explored intermittently from 1970 to 1997. Tourbin’s written works include rubberstamp-printed, handwritten and stencilled poems, diary/chronicles, and novels. In other media he produced “talking books,” audio tapes, videos, and multi-media performances that he called “painted plays.” From the 1970s onwards, Tourbin played a key role in the development of lively regional art scenes in St. Catharines, Peterborough. and Ottawa.
Dennis Tourbin: The Language of Visual Poetry is curated by Marcie Bronson, and organized and circulated by Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University.
Location and Parking:
CUAG is located at the north end of the Carleton campus, in the St. Patrick’s building.
For our location and parking, see: http://cuag.carleton.ca/index.php/visiting/directions/
Parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be sold by CUAG staff just prior to the event. They will be standing inside the tunnel entrance, accessible from the roundabout near Leeds House residence.