Psychedelic Oshawa

February 7th, 2020 – March 17th, 2020

Dani Crosby, Strawberry Fields 1970, digitally coloured illustration, 2019.

Psychedelic Oshawa recovers and reimagines a formative period in the city’s cultural awakening during the turbulent years of the 1960s and early 1970s. Contemporary artists from Durham Region and beyond were invited by guest curator Gary Genosko to use historical artefacts as springboards to create new works that bring past events and imagery into focus. These new works are paired with historical reference materials, including photographs, paper ephemera, and obsolete media such as 8-track tapes. Made with hand-knit wool, digital colour illustration, felt, screen printing, paint, yarn, and beeswax, these diverse works pay tribute to a poorly documented era, celebrating its strengths and underappreciated accomplishments.

Gary Genosko is an independent curator and professor at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa.

Participating Artists:

Alison Ariss, textile art historian and knitter

Monique Brent, portraitist and mural painter

Bob Bryden, musician and writer

Betty Carpick, community arts organizer and designer

Scott Cisco, amateur photographer

Desmond Clancy, pen and ink illustrator

Dani Crosby, illustrator and fine arts educator

Gary Gatti, painter and graphic designer

Gary Genosko, independent curator and professor

Hannah Genosko, printmaker and book artist

Len de Graaf, yarn painter and fibre educator

Doug Lewis, curator, videographer, arts educator

Nicole Marhong, painter and sculptor

Christof Migone, curator and sound artist

Martnya Pekala, student of painting

Kai Pinkerton, graphic designer

Thank you to Erin MacKeen, graphic designer and painter, for creating the exhibition logo.