The Performance Bus
Chris Heller: Life Drawing on a Moving Bus

4 Apr 2017

Have you ever participated in a life drawing class? Almost a pre-requisite for all artists in the early stages of their art school training, it’s when a model holds stock-still in a rotation of odd poses for three hours at a time, and you draw what you see. If you haven’t tried it yet, now’s your chance. Only this time we’ve added a moving school bus to make it a bit more dynamic…

For AGYU’s second-last-ever Performance Bus, join Toronto artist and model Chris Heller for an out-of-the-classroom and onto-a-school-bus life drawing class while travelling en route to the exhibition opening of the body will always bend before it breaks, the tower will always break before it bends. Chris puts his skills and his body to the test in two different poses (and no, it doesn’t take three hours to get out there to the AGYU…) that performatively explore the relationship of movement and stillness. All drawing supplies and paper will be provided. Though, perhaps, the first lesson of the ride will be learning how to hold your pencil…

The free Performance Bus departs OCADU (100 McCaul Street) on Thursday April 5 at 6 pm sharp and returns downtown at 9 pm. Warning: nudity.

A graduate of OCADU’s Integrated Media program, Chris Heller is a video-based performance artist. From his own physical reactions, Heller is interested in the limits and mechanisms of the human body. His work has been exhibited in several events and exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal, as well as in Turin, Italy.

See Also

Derek Liddington

Derek Liddington

on-site exhibition
5 Apr – 4 Jun 2017


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Art Gallery of York University
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Toronto ON M3J 1P3


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