FADO Performance Art Centre presents: EXTRA-RATIONAL Curated by Gale Allen March 12


FADO Performance Art Centre presents the 2011 Emerging Artists Series

Curated by Gale Allen

Iris Fraser-Gudrunas
Johnny Forever & Marisa Hoicka
Amy Lam
Amy Jenine Ling Wong
Lisa Visser

Saturday March 12, 2011
XPACE Cultural Centre
58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

DAY PROGRAM / on-going performances: 12-6PM (FREE)
EVENING / performance event: 7PM (PWYC/$10)

Extra-Rational is a series of performances by emerging Canadian artists that embrace the aesthetics of popular culture and seek to recuperate/utilize these “low brow” processes of production and cognition. The artists in Extra-Rational intentionally make use of aesthetic choices and methods of production that directly challenge the rubric of high-brow vs low-brow culture. These artists use the position of the trivialized, the unmentionable, the frivolous, the carnal and the other as a means to challenge the rationalization of high culture.

Iris Fraser-Gudrunas is a visual artist, curator and filmmaker currently based in Toronto, Canada. Fraser-Gudrunas’ work investigates candid reactions ranging from apprehension to abandon. Fraser has exhibited and curated shows with many groups in Toronto including PleasureDome, Film Fort, Blocks Recording Club, Don Blanche Residency, Artscape Gibralter Point Residency, Images Festival, Hart House Film Club and Splice This!

Johnny Forever (a.k.a. Johnny Nawracaj) is a Polish-born transgendered artist currently based in Montréal, Canada. Forever’s growing body of work includes durational/installation performance as well as staged pieces, which weave surrealist narrative through the use of song, video, dance/gesture and drag costuming.

Marisa Hoicka is an emerging artist who divides her time between Montréal and Toronto, Canada. Hoicka works in a variety of mediums including painting, performance, fibre and breakdancing. She has exhibited her work in galleries such as Gallery 401 and Art Mur. Hoicka holds a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University.

Amy Lam was born in Hong Kong and lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Lam is half of the high-concept comedy duo Life of a Craphead. Life of a Craphead make entertainment events in theatres, pedestrian crossings, restaurants, and regularly perform in comedy clubs. Lam has completed residencies in the United States and the Netherlands and has presented work at venues such as Gallery TPW, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and Double Double Land. She is President of the Board of Directors of Art Metropole.

Amy Jenine Ling Wong is a video and performance artist based in Toronto, Canada. Wong’s work investigates internet meme and online youth culture. Wong has performed and exhibited at venues such as Whippersnapper Gallery, JMB Gallery, White House, XPACE and Red Head Gallery. She is currently completing her BA in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto.

Lisa Visser is a visual artist and curator currently based in Toronto, Canada.  Visser’s work focuses on sculpture, performance, textile and printmaking. She holds a BFA from Queens University and is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Master’s of Art, Media and Design at OCAD University.

Gale Allen is a visual artist currently based in Toronto, Canada. Allen’s practice investigates the aesthetics of revolt present in popular culture. Recent projects include You Call Yourself A Lady (Hysteria Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), All I Ever Wanted (Hatch, Harbourfront Centre), and Must be the colours and the kids that keep me alive (Pleasure Dome).

For full project descriptions, and more information about the event, visit: www.performanceart.ca


Established in 1993, FADO Performance Inc. (Performance Art Centre) is a not-for-profit artist-run centre for performance art based in Toronto, Canada. FADO exists to provide a stable, ongoing, supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art. Currently, we are the only artist-run centre in English Canada devoted specifically to this form. We present the work of local, national and international artists who have chosen performance art as a primary medium to create and communicate provocative new images and new perspectives. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their on-going support of our endeavors.



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