Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Twist of the Lime, Inkjet prints, digital collages using stock photography, from the installation Fountain Mist, 2018, photo: Courtesy of the Artist
In Fountain Mist, Juan Ortiz-Apuy uses stock images and objects to explore ideas of animism, commodity fetishism, and sympathetic magic. Borrowing from the visual language of advertising and product display, Ortiz-Apuy orchestrates a fascinating mise en scène in which clichés of freshness, naturalness, exoticism, and purity join empty bottles and dispensers, stock photographs, 3D models, and components from IKEA’s BESTÅ storage system series. Together they enact the spectacular drama of the commodity form, through which consumer products appear to be autonomous, living creatures with feelings and agency, while the life-force that goes into producing them is obscured and forgotten.
Dave Dyment, Pop Quiz, 360-page soft cover artist’s book, edition of 500, numbered and signed by the artist (each with a unique handwritten question), 2010, photo: Courtesy of the Artist.
Pop Quiz is a collection of every question posed in the lyrics of every song in the artist’s music collection.
Originally intended as a bookwork, the piece first existed as a looped video. Each time the work is exhibited it is updated to include new questions from more recent additions to the collection. At first just twelve minutes, the video is now almost four hours long.
Pop Quiz will be presented in a near continuous loop, activating the gallery’s picture window and projecting outward onto campus from dusk to dawn.
Each month a friend of the Owens is invited to select a work or two, or sometimes three from the Owens’ collection. These community members, students, staff and faculty share their own perspectives and connections to works that they pick and to the collection overall.
This exhibition is part of an ongoing series of community curated exhibitions. Follow the series online now: https://vimeo.com/channels/1405751
A permanent exhibition space devoted to the work of Alex Colville (1920-2013), one of Canada’s most celebrated artists and one of Mount Allison University’s best known graduates. The Gallery features the installation of the mural Athletes, commissioned by Mount Allison for its new Athletic Centre in 1961. Designed around the theme of the student athlete, the mural was the focal point of the new building; it remained there for over 50 years, until its present installation in the stable and secure environment of Owens Art Gallery. Other artworks by Colville are also on view, including many of the preparatory drawings for Athletes and examples of the artist’s serigraphs.
Alex Colville, Athletes, oil and synthetic resin on board, 1961.