Through A Tired Eye

by Bruce Horak

Exhibition Dates: January 24 – February 24, 2019

Opening Reception: January 24, 6:00-8:00 pm
Opening Remarks will be livestreamed from 6:45 to 7:15 pm

Open Studio: January 12, 12:00-5:00 pm

Performance of Assassinating Thomson: January 28, 6:30-8:00 pm

Winter Art Crawl with Akin: February 9, 1:00-4:00 pm


Retino-blastoma, monocular tunnel-vision, extreme light-sensitivity, floaters, flashers, blepharitis, capsular opacification… Through a Tired Eye is Bruce Horak’s interpretation of how he sees the world. Using Acrylic, Oil, Canvas, Sculpture, sound, and light, Horak moves art off the wall and into the space for an immersive, tactile experience. The portraits and landscapes give the viewer a unique experience of the world as the artist sees them. They can be felt and heard in a new and dynamic way. The visual cortex of the brain is stimulated as all the senses are utilized in this exhibit.


Culminating a month long residency at Tangled Art + Disability, Through A Tired Eye premieres new works from Horak, and features portraits from multiple sessions Horak hosted in the gallery space for his residency. Fascinated by conversations and connection, Horak has invited friends and strangers to have their portraits painted and their conversations recorded for an audio component of the exhibition. Horak notes that due to his visual impairment, eye contact, facial expression, and body language can sometimes be lost, but the power of dialog and physical presence are always present. Through A Tired Eye will be a genuine and unique exhibition for all those who experience it.


In his critically acclaimed one-person performance Horak paints a portrait of the entire audience while simultaneously telling the story of how he came to be a visually impaired visual artist, revealing his deep love of Canadian Art History, and unravelling the mystery of who killed Canadian Art icon, Tom Thomson. A 60 minute performance, followed by a live auction of the portrait.


At the age of 18 months Bruce Horak lost over 90% of his eyesight to Cancer and identifies as Legally Blind/Visually Impaired. Using assistive technology, acrylic, oil, and canvas his paintings celebrate the vision which remains by delighting in the play of light and shadow.


Tangled Art Gallery is in a barrier-free location. Audio description will be available for the exhibit. We will have ASL interpreters and attendant care present during public engagements. Service animals are welcome. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment.


Tangled Art Gallery is located in studio 122 on the main floor on the 401 Richmond Building. The closest accessible subway station is at Osgoode Station. The closest accessible streetcar stop is the 510 Spadina Queen Street West Stop (going south from Spadina Station), and the 510 Spadina Richmond Street Stop (going north from Union Station).

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