Tangled Art Talks: Bruce Horak

Image split into two: On the left a photo of two hands outside the frame reaching to touch a sculpture by Persimmon Blackbridge. The piece is titled “Soft Touch”, and is a handcrafted figure made of wood, bone and plastic to resemble a person constructed from found objects. It is mounted on a wood panel. On the left black and white photograph of figure looking and smiling at camera

Sara Wilde Photography. Courtesy of Bodies in Translation Activist Art, Technology & Access to Life. ReVision The Centre for Art & Social Justice at the University of Guelph.

Headshot Image courtesy of Bruce Horak


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Tangled Art Talks: Bruce Horak

Friday, February 12, 11 am
Facebook Live

Spurred by calls for disability justice and the desire for a more equitable and intersectional future, the disability arts movement is pushing forward with renewed political intention to disrupt conventional understandings of the arts.

Tangled Art + Disability and the AGO have formed a new partnership to showcase the possibilities of a world that honours access, disability and difference. We are excited to present videos by six artists from Tangled’s community that showcase their artistic practices in response to artwork in the AGO Collection.

Bruce Horak is a Legally Blind Artistic Factotum and HoboSapien. He has worn many hats in the last 25 years of his practice and travelled many, many miles in pursuit of work; painter, illustrator, actor, writer, performer, composer, musician, technician, designer... the list goes on.

His work brings beauty into the world with a bit of a wink. He has been a featured speaker and guest artist at educational institutions across the country, and has worked within the Disability Arts Community to bring awareness and community engagement. In 2019, Horak was Artist-inResidence at the Tangled Art and Disability Gallery in Toronto, Ontario where he conducted private portrait sittings with staff, artists, and community members to create a one-of-a-kind wall of portraits for the gallery. Since 2011, Horak has painted over 600 individual portraits from live and virtual sessions. This work brings together communities and individuals through art and the expression of self and story. The portraits serve as a record for posterity. Bruce Horak continues to explore avenues for creativity, most recently including editing and producing video, online content, and animation. He’s very excited for the time when he can once again hit the road as a true HoboSapien.



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