Tau Lewis and Curtis Santiago’s current show at Cooper Cole was recently featured on Blouin Artinfo.
COOPER COLE is currently hosting an exhibition, titled “Through the people we are looking at ourselves”, featuring Canadian artists Tau Lewis and Curtis Santiago, at the gallery’s Toronto location.
The exhibition brings together works by Tau Lewis (b. 1993, Toronto, Canada) and Curtis Santiago (b.1979, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Informed by their common identity connections that encompass Canadian citizenship and Caribbean heritage, the artists have created a narrative that represents the colored diaspora in Canada.
Jamaican-Canadian sculptor Tau Lewis’ work combines natural and synthetic materials to create simulations of living organisms, inspired by her surrounding environment. These very tangible and organic works, with its unique attributes and subtle morbidity, considers the history and symbolism of each material, exploring the political boundaries of nature, identity and authenticity. Using live plants, found objects and repurposed materials collected throughout the Canadian landscape, she investigates the black identity politics and African diaspora through her figurative sculptures. A former apprentice of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Curtis Santiago’s practice deals on subjects like transculturalism, seeking roots in the contemporary diasporic environment. Exhibited internationally including solo and group shows at the Perez Art Museum, Miami; Hunter College, New York; the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Canada and elsewhere, Santiago’s works are also part of the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem, USA. With a practice that encompass painting, sculpture, and performance, his works often depict lives inside jewelry boxes and explores the nature of art from the past as well as future.
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