Artist presentation: Wed 29 March, 12 Noon
Industrious is a multimedia installation prompted by detritus collected from sites of industrial ruin on Cape Breton Island. Arsenault presents collected, restored, replicated and archived industrial artefacts alongside maps, narratives, and other research materials related to place in order to question the ways in which the stories we choose to tell, and call history, are relayed.
Artist presentation: Tues 28 March, 12 Noon
Through alternative and experimental approaches of photography, this exhibition explores identity, memory, kinship and the pursuit to embody knowledge. Handleigh works to document the past, build an archive which didn’t previously exist, take forgotten experiences and lost memories, and manifest them in the present.
Artist presentation: Thurs 23 March, 12 Noon
Belford seeks the perceptual experience of “bringing something just into focus, making paintings in which what is missing is just as important as what is present.” Ideas of temporality and processes in flux are explored through natural motifs; forms are allowed to drift ambiguously behind the painted surface, allowing the mind to bridge the gaps between occasional moments of clarity.
Curator Erica Flake offers, “Matutine refers to the early morning, before the sun, and before dawn. Conversely, Mesonoxian pertains to the dead of night; the midnight hours. Through digital and analogue mediums, five photographic artists explore the meaning of these words within the concept of liminality: the ambiguous state occurring when a transformation begins but is not complete. By manipulating light and shadow, the Photo Gang Collective have produced works embodying the notion of the ‘in-between’.”
Artist presentation: Wed 15 March, 12 Noon
Singer’s jewellery is inspired by optical illusions and the distortion of reality, shape, and colour through light. Using laser cut acrylic and water-jet cut glass, Singer’s pieces are reminiscent of three-dimensional puzzles where every angle viewed reveals a different surprise.
Artist presentation: Tues 14 March, 12 Noon
“The Artist An Dy heralds you into a space all of his own, immerses you in a world of paintings and printed fabrics, an interactive virtual and physical installation. Are you feeling overwhelmed or anxious from your fast-paced tech-immersed modern life? Find solace at Pixel Paradise.”
Artist presentation: Fri 10 March, 12 Noon
Biro is fascinated with the materials used in architectural construction. In her exhibition of ceramic sculpture, she pushes clay to create tension between its material strength and the expected function of each piece. Her work hovers between two worlds: the purely sculptural and the possibly functional.
Artist presentation: Thurs 9 March, 12 Noon
Jaroma challenges what she observes as “our destructive pattern of quick, mass consumption” in her large abstract paintings. She emulates the alluring colours and patterns that often coat the mass produced, plastic products that are consumed in “increasingly quick bursts of euphoria akin to sugar highs”.
Artist presentation: Tues 7 March, 12 Noon
Soligo’s exhibition pertains to their ongoing interest in textile structure and form. In Trade Piece II, knit and woven textiles are crafted into “anti-garments” for the purpose of studying the body’s relationship with clothing.
Artist presentation: Wed 8 March, 12 Noon
Beyond Helios is a narrative jewellery show inspired by McCosker’s love of deep space and imagined futuristic science-fiction characters. Employing the ancient technique of filigree and incorporating gemstones and geometric forms, McCosker creates jewellery for the daily needs and activities of “starship captains, intergalactic settlers, ambassadors, high priestesses, warriors,