Join us on Thursday February 25 at 6:30 pm over Zoom for a virtual exhibition tour led by Oakville Galleries' Assistant Curator, Theresa Wang.Learn more
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
Known for his hand-dyed, hand-woven tapestries, Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens combines figurative and abstract iconography to allude to larger cultural, political, and allegorical narratives. Within his intricate, large-scale work, he coaxes emotive, meditative reflections on dark, fractured histories and interweaves sensations of tenderness, trauma, healing, and legacy against a backdrop of American life.
For shape of a fever believer, his first exhibition in Canada, Brackens brings together a selection of his recent textile work. In this new body of work, the artist centres on the metaphoric and lived experience of fatality associated with disease and sickness, namely HIV/AIDS and its disproportionate effect on Black, queer, and other marginalized communities. A series of silhouetted black figures against abstracted landscapes of colour participate in rituals and fantasies of desire and kinship. His repeated use of bare silhouettes, along with allegorical symbols—mosquitoes, veins, fire—lend to the creation of a collective mythology.
As told through the body language of each depicted figure, Brackens' stories are rooted as readily in vulnerability and care—the beauty and joy they can provide—as in danger, brutality, and intergenerational trauma. Brackens tenderly and compassionately engages in a resignification of disease, seeking to liberate infection from its malignant pathologies and to realize intimacy, freedom, and vigour for his subjects. With each scene, he engages with the affects of the Black experience in the United States, past and present.
Health & Safety Measures
Before planning your visit, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Our hours of operation are Tuesdays 1:00 pm-7:00 pm, Friday and Saturdays 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
- We ask that you pre-book your visit. Click here to choose a time that suits you.
- If you have a mobile device, download the exhibition handout beforehand to bring along.
- Washrooms are unavailable at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens at this time, we apologize for the inconvenience.
When you arrive:
- Wear a mask throughout your visit and if you are feeling unwell, stay home.
- We are allowing 2 visitors in Gairloch Gardens and 5 visitors in Centennial Square at a time.
- Please remain at least 2 metres apart from other guests. (Unless you are visiting with others from your bubble)
- Please sanitize your hands on the way in. Our high-traffic areas are cleaned throughout the day.
- at Centennial Square
Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm
Come join digital textile artist and educator, Khadija Aziz for a free art workshop. Using everyday pantry materials within your home such as tea, coffee, blueberries and turmeric, participants will learn how to create their own sustainable and natural dyes while following the Shibori tie-dyeing technique.Learn more
Join textile and fibre artist Ixchel Suarez as we learn the art of yarn painting. Taking inspiration from Huichol art, participants will learn how to create symbolic and colourful designs while learning the traditional technique of using thread as colour application. All ages are welcome and participants age 5 and under require adult assistance.Learn more
Join us for an online reading group hosted by The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism, led by Chicago-based artist and activist Charles Ryan Long and writer and scholar Rinaldo Walcott.Learn more
Since the 1960s, Colorado-based artist Senga Nengudi has developed a ground-breaking, expansive practice that brings together sculpture, performance, and dance. For this, her first exhibition in Canada, Oakville Galleries will present a selection of recent and older works that foreground her innovative use of natural and found materials, such as pantyhose, sand, water, and plastic.