A visual artist and writer, she is also the co-owner of an art gallery in Toronto famous for its stable of outstanding contemporary artists, and one-of-a-kind opening night extravaganzas. Her latest foray into the world of art is a solo exhibition titled Awestruck at the SMASH Gallery of Modern Art in Vancouver. As were her previous works – Getting to Know him in the Biblical Sense, and the 9/11 inspired The Canadian Gift Proposal -, it explores real events through the creative lens; this time, it is her reaction to her present life in BC’s Okanagan. Animals and nature are the messengers of her vision in this exhibition combining painting and sculpture, inviting the viewer to a heady mixture of existential and theological questioning. In addition to being an accomplished visual artist, Julie Oakes is also an equally inspired author, allowing her irreverent streak yet another outlet. Her latest novel, Hooks, deals with the difficult and pertinent topic of sexual exploitation of women. The focus is on India and the life of women of all ages forced into sexual trafficking. In 2004, Oakes received a MA in Social and Political Science from The New School for Social Research in New York, known for its progressive philosophy. It was in preparation for her thesis - with the late Christopher Hitchens and Dr. Terry Williams as her expository writing advisors - , that Oakes went to India. The notes compiled during two months of traveling from Mumbai to Karalla to Pondicherry and on to Rajisthan, form the basis for the novel, published by Dundurn Press.

Julie Oakes
www.julieoakes.com/(lien externe)

“Awestruck”
SMASH
Gallery of Modern Art
580 Clark Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5L 3H7
604-251-3262

http://www.smashmodernart.com/WELCOME.html(lien externe)

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http://49thshelf.com/Books/H/Hooks(lien externe)

November 2nd to December 30th, 2012

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