Art Now! Speakers' Series Presents: Art in the Public Sphere #4


Art Now! Speakers' Series

Thursday, October 26, NCB 113, 7 PM

The Returners: Seven Conversations

With Special Guests Artists: Kelly Jazvac & Jean-Paul Kelly

Kelly Jazvac works primarily in installation, sculpture and collage. Her mostly abstract works explore possible connections between material quality, surface, consumerism, and desire. Alongside geologist Patricia L. Corcoran and oceanographer Charles J. Moore she is one of the primary researchers of “Plastiglomerate,” a composite material that forms when plastic melts and bonds with debris and natural forms. In turn, these transform into new cultural creations denoting our current geological period.

Based in Toronto, Jean-Paul Kelly's work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals across North America, Japan, and Europe, including Art-Action: Rencontres Internationales 2006 in Paris, Berlin, and Madrid. He is a member of the Pleasure Dome experimental film and video programming collective. Kelly has also worked as an instructor in the Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto and in the Integrated Media program at OCAD University.

The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is pleased to present the Art in the Public Sphere series of speakers and exhibitions. This important series provides unique opportunities to engage with local, national, and international artists, curators, and scholars. All events hosted at Western University are free and are open to the public. Coinciding with the departments' 50th anniversary celebrations, Visual Arts presents, "The Returners" featuring past graduates, faculty and artists originally from London Ontario. The Fall 2017 series is organized by Prof. Patrick Mahon as part of ongoing academic offerings at the Department of Visual Art at Western University.