Point of Origin Press Release

Tangled Art + Disability Presents POINT OF ORIGIN, a mixed-media art exhibit by melannie g campbell

Toronto’s new disability art gallery launches its inaugural season with a collection of works exploring chronic illness, queerness and Black Excellence.

Press Preview: July 14, 5:00-7:00 pm
Opening Reception: July 14, 7:00-9:00 pm
Artist Talk: July 19, 5:30-7:00 pm

TORONTO, ON – Tangled Art Gallery (TAG), Canada’s first gallery dedicated to showcasing disability arts and advancing accessible curatorial practices, presents the first exhibit of its inaugural season. Point of Origin is a collection of new works by Toronto-based mixed media artist melannie g campbell, that draws on a combination of traditional, contemporary, and afro-futuristic aesthetics and techniques. Through poetry, textiles, weaving and other craft practices, campbell complicates notions of blackness, queerness, and disability by carefully examining the dynamic embodied relationships present within the intersections of such richly complex identities.

“This exhibition is both whimsical and serious,” says Tangled Artistic Director Eliza Chandler. “Through large-scale textiles and poetry, campbell reimagines history, futures, stratospheres, disability, and diaspora experience from a distinctly Black perspective”.

Point of Origin invites audiences to consider: How would we think about our days if, instead of squeezing our complicated bodies into others’ ideas for what is normal, we were encouraged and supported to live our days in pulse to our own rhythm?. This exhibition features two pieces of touchable work and all of the work is audio described.

About The Artist:

melannie g campbell is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator utilizing poetry, textiles, performance art and digital media to explore themes of grief, trauma, resilience, and intersectionality. melannie is a VONA alum, and recipient of project and creation grants from the Cue Writers Bursary, ArtReach Toronto (Toronto Arts Council), and the Canada Council for the Arts.

ABOUT Tangled Art Gallery
Tangled Art Gallery (TAG) is Canada’s first disability arts gallery dedicated to advancing accessible programming and curatorial practices. TAG offers programming throughout the year and is proud to be barrier-free, cost-free, and open to the public.

TAG is located in studio 122, main floor of the 401 Richmond Building at Spadina and Richmond Street West. Our hours are 11:00 am -6:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Interviews can be arranged with Tangled’s Artistic Director, Eliza Chandler, and artist of POINT OF ORIGIN, melannie g campbell by appointment from July 11 – 15.

For images, interviews or more information, please contact:
Sean Lee
P: 647 725 5064
E: info@tangledarts.org

Website: tangledarts.org/
Facebook: Tangled Art + Disability