Opening June 18, 1 – 3 pm

Amanda Rhodenizer’s painting practice engages with the narrative potential of homes and land in transition. These properties may be abandoned, vacant, under construction, or listed for sale or rent. Taking cues from Canadian real-estate and rental practices, she explores the tensions in our relationships with place – colonially, commercially, and emotionally.

Inspired by the advent of the “sharing economy” and the quest for a more authentic “stay experience” (i.e. trying to live like a local), the paintings in Parallel Play consider a balance between access and ownership. Based on a photo-shoot staged by the artist in a modern beachfront rental property, Rhodenizer also made visits to document land for sale on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

In the field of childhood development, the phrase “parallel play” describes toddlers’ tendency to play side by side without trying to influence one another’s behaviour. Likewise, Rhodenizer’s paintings give space to the adjacent experiences of guests and hosts, viewer and viewed. Among the wall-to-wall windows and sliding doors, tenants and proprietors frame the view of the landscape outside, while small, discrete studies of “vacant” land consistently punctuate the space in-between.

Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Amanda Rhodenizer received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006. Since receiving her MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2014 she has continued to live and work in Waterloo, Ontario. She was the Nova Scotia winner of the BMO 1st! Art Award (2006) and is the recent recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund (both 2016). Recently, her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Rotunda Gallery, and Open Sesame (both in Kitchener), and in group exhibitions at Art Mûr (Montréal), the Orillia Museum of Art & History (Orillia), and in the survey exhibition “Terroir” at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax).  www.arhodenizer.com