Braden Labonte


Born in Vancouver, British Colombia in 1982, Braden Labonte earned his BFA from OCAD University in 2006, and his MFA from York University in 2012. After his formal studies, Braden took the position of Creative Director for the Cultural Capital Consortium, an art collective that works to fund and promote artistic research and independent art projects on an international level. In 2013, Labonte and the Cultural Capital Consortium created the audience interactive, site specific, temporal public installation HOLD ON HOLD ON, SOME THINGS LAST FOREVER in the old BBC London headquarters in England that was slated for demolition. His artwork playfully considers the historical moorings and confused identity of contemporary artistic institutions and creative practices. Labonte’s artistic output spans across a diverse field of media from painting and photography, to Internet based projects, as well as immersive installations. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 
 

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The Scondi Collection
presented by Braden Labonte
in collaboration with the Cultural Capital Consortium, the Canada Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and Katzman Contemporary

Discover the world of outsider artist Annabella Scondi (1921-2005). Katzman Contemporary is delighted to present The Scondi Collection, the premiere exhibition of Ms. Scondi’s life’s work for a public audience, curated by Braden Labonte and the Cultural Capital Consortium (CCC). This exhibition explores the impact of fame on identity as experienced by Ms. Scondi, and how this resulted in a self-imposed exile, and an eventual escape via artistic practice. For this exhibition, the gallery space has been transformed into a particular version of reality that seeks to further illuminate her time of isolation in rural Northern Ontario.

click HERE to explore the Scondi Collection website, produced by the Cultural Capital Consortium

HOLD ON HOLD ON, SOME THINGS LAST FOREVER

Labonte: "In 2013 we were invited to fund an installation in the old BBC London headquarters in England.  The building was slated for demolition.  Considering this context we allowed audience participation in the destruction of the sand tiles, which would parallel the destruction of the historic space.  The installation, which took over 40hours to create, was destroyed in less than an hour once the public was invited into the space. The exhibition also included a single photograph of the completed installation prior to its destruction. Since the exhibition the photograph has been continuously exposed to ultra violet light.  The inclusion of this element provides another layer of impermanence to the installation.  UV light is destructive to the photographic image.  Like the building, in time, no trace of the exhibition will remain."

Alternate History

The focus of Alternate History was to examine the aesthetic layout of the Modern Museum and considered how a cultural language of authority has seemingly been constructed through the design of the Institution.  The research and artistic production for this project considered the evolution of the aesthetic layout, its political implications and how the structure of the Museum is derived from other traditional pillars of authority within western society such as the Church. 

Reaching Nirvana

Reaching Nirvana pairs Buddhist sand painting with grunge era nihilistic philosophy. The project was created on the floor using 200lbs of black and white sand. The project employed two technicians who were directed to listen to "Smells Like Teen Spirit", drink heavily and meditate on their own sense of self-worthlessness during 24 hour installation of the work. The piece was displayed briefly and then destroyed shortly after the opening.