Devotio Moderna

Date: 
Wed, 2010-03-17 22:00 - Thu, 2010-03-18 01:00

Devotio Moderna - Perspectives on the Sacred

Art Works by Galina Oussatcheva and Farhad Nargol-O'Neill

An exhibition of modern, religious works by artists Galina Oussatcheva and Farhad Nargol-O'Neill. Their collective works explore the genre of devotional art in both the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions - mixing an adherence to both traditional practices of art making and devotion, with a visual approach aimed at exploring and illuminating concepts such as inverse perspective, covenant, and the personal within the canonical tradition. 

The two artists originally met when they were both members of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Their mutual interest in and artistic practices which focused on devotional art formed a solid basis of understanding, and discussions about a joint exhibition began in early 2009. Soon, Father Gilles Mongeau S.J., Professor at Regis College, University of Toronto came into the picture. Fr. Gilles has a keen interest in both traditional and new forms of devotional artistic expression, and was immediately supportive. After some exciting discussions with Fr. Gilles, the idea of a joint exhibition of modern devotional art works melded with the opening of the New Regis College building on Wellesley Street West in Toronto. 

The synergy between the two artists and the College has resulted in this exhibition called Devotio Moderna which will officially open on March 17 at the newly built College Atrium!

Artist Galina Oussatcheva is a noted Russian iconographer and exciting photo-based and graphics artist. Trained in Moscow, she now resides in Toronto where she works and exhibits. Her photographic shoots take her yearly to Iceland, Finland and the Netherlands. Her dedication to the tradition of Byzantine iconography is apparent in her artistic practice, and is complimented by contemporary forms of expressing the concept of Inverse Perspective and the culture of the Russian Orthodox tradition generally. Her practice blends a fascinating mix of traditional forms of art making and cutting edge photographic technique. Ms. Oussatcheva will be showing Icons, photo-based work, and an installation. She is also responsible for designing the promotional materials for the show.

Artist Farhad Nargol-O'Neill is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been commissioned to create public works of art in Ireland, Germany, Jordan, Tunisia, Cyprus, Canada, and Barbados to name a few countries. He has exhibited widely, and his works belong in private and public collections in many countries. He has been commissioned by community and public bodies, diplomatic agencies, and has received royal commissions. His sculptures for EXPO 2000 garnered him a special commendation by the Queen of Jordan, and his 2007 sculpture: "Corpus et Spiritus" has been given major recognition. His work has been the subject of numerous articles in the printed and electronic press, as well as the subject of film shorts in many countries. Mr. Nargol-O'Neill will be presenting his new Stations of the Cross which mix mnemonic principals and abstraction as aids to devotion.

The Exhibitopens Wednesday, March 17 and runs until May 17, 2010.
Select works will remain on display between May 17 and May 31 

Opening reception is on March 17, 5:00 pm - 8: 00 pm

Regis College, University of Toronto.
100 Wellesley Street West.
Toronto, ON
M5S 2Z5

Inquiries: Fr. Gilles Mongeau, gil.mongeau@utoronto.ca

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