Artist Talk: Fri 7 April, 12 Noon
Pretty/Ugly responds to the massive waste and environmental damage caused by the fashion & textile industries. This piece combines seemingly incompatible concepts, beauty and ugliness, with the aim to encourage people to slow down and question currently held standards of fashion. A wall of handcrafted woven ropes made from discarded garments and fabric creates an obstacle which confronts the viewer with a tangible reality of the high cost of ‘fast fashion’ – at once overwhelming and alluring.
Artist talk: Wed 5 April, 12 Noon
Heinsalu presents a range of optical conditions in which clay and light are merged. This exhibition proposes a shift in perception of materiality and its becomings through curiosity and de-familiarization of known experience.
Artist Talk: Tues 4 April, 12 Noon
This exhibition of contemporary art jewellery is Wareham’s personal response to the strong emotional transition of becoming a mother. The work speaks to the “loss of control, assault to her self-esteem and identity, and the struggle with the ambivalence” she feels toward her new role as a mother. Using traditional and non-traditional metalsmithing techniques, Wareham utilizes the bracelet form to affirm a strong conceptual tie to the emotions and actions felt and performed through this new developing relationship.
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.