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Exhibitions 2022 - 2023

Memory Work

MacKenzie Anderson

Memory Work addresses ideas of nostalgia, ephemera, and the delicate growth of a child as they become an adult. The transcendent feeling of reflection on childhood speaks through mediums reminiscent of play and those of structure. This exploration of emotional development reaches across the individual differences of the viewer and speaks a universal language.

Symbolic drawings of nondescript character(s) bring forth a connection between playful imagery and melancholic feeling. The longing to reconstruct memories manipulated by time becomes a process of acceptance of the past and its effects on the present.

Gestural expressions of comic scenes and performance video both analyze the comfort in the mundane aspects of childhood and juxtapose the fragility of those moments in the human mind. 

Anderson’s practice traverses through personal and fictional time-based concepts to evoke instinctive emotions, both positive and negative. Her multidisciplinary practice emphasizes how mark making can be meditation in internal work of the mind and the creation of objects allows for storage of nostalgic weight. 

This is Memory Work.

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Exhibitions 2022 - 2023

FRAGMENTS

Neluka Ameresekere and Emma Lippert

FRAGMENTS explores the nuances of human memory, the inherent triggers associated with it, and the importance of seemingly random events in our everyday lives. This exhibition was created from a collection of memories submitted anonymously by community members that held special and visceral significance to them. We asked participants for the triggers of their memories and explanations of what each sound, smell, taste, or object brought to mind. The beauty in the variety of answers is what fuelled this project and helped create an incredibly unique, yet universally relevant, collection of moments. FRAGMENTS moves the viewer through each type of memory from the wall exploring sounds that may provoke certain memories, to the still life containing significant objects, to the poem created from entries that were somewhat intangible yet beautifully written. We encourage the viewer to take time with each piece, appreciate the intimate memories that were shared for its creation, and reflect on what memories the work might prompt within themselves. 

Emma Lippert is an artist who dabbles in many media, most specifically photography. She has been pulled into the world of experimental art and text-based art, and she enjoyed the challenges and triumphs of this project. 

Neluka Ameresekere is an artist who specializes in photography, but has also explored other mediums such as experimental, and interactive art. This project serves as a canvas for her to utilize the many mediums she has learned to create a unique visual and auditory experience.

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Exhibitions 2022 - 2023

Ah Ah Ah

Hannah Cattran & Anna Golding

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Exhibitions 2022 - 2023

Goodbye

Rach Norton-Shearing & Justin Stewart

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Exhibitions 2022 - 2023

Cocoon

Kira Alexanian

Cocoon reflects on growth, nostalgia and the whimsicality of childhood. This solo exhibition studies the overlaps between painting, textile work, and sculpture installation. Inspired by literal and imaginative symbols of the artist’s childhood, Cocoon weaves the dreamy softness of youth with a certain melancholy that lies in one’s reflection of childhood. At times, flawed mark-making and visible signs of labour emphasize an imperfect, almost childlike hand. Bright colours and warm environments are meant to encompass the viewer in an eccentric world of fantastical innocence. Precise symmetry meets arbitrary expressive lines in an attempt to recollect the intricate details of adolescence. The artist invites viewers to interact with and entwine themselves in Cocoon, but to be gentle, nurturing, and tender while doing so.

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Exhibitions 2021 - 2022

you know me too well

Hannah Pecyna

You know me too well aims to explore feelings of forced connection, invasion, discomfort and control. It seeks to inspect the feeling of someone digesting you without your consent, of them knowing you too well. 

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Exhibitions 2021 - 2022

In Solemn Silence

Marjan Kaviani

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In Solemn Silence is an exhibition that explores the relationship between the figure and the atmosphere. Kaviani’s current practice involves referencing photographs of her family through a second lens, one that is catered with feelings of discomfort and longing. She seeks to replicate the feeling of certain moments in life where numerous discrepancies in time, logic and space coalesce creating bizarre existential-like moments, in which she is constantly subject to, especially when she is brought face to face with her culture and relatives. Psychology influences Kaviani’s work immensely as she is completing her double major in Psychology along with Studio Art at the University of Guelph.

You can see more of Marjan’s work on Instagram @kavianigallery and on her website www.marjankaviani.com

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Exhibitions 2021 - 2022

For the Girls

Hannah Cattran

As a girl, I was fiery and unafraid. I believed that girls rule and boys drool and that my Mom was the coolest girl in the world. Girls could do anything boys could, especially me. I got older, and in late elementary school, I discovered the term “feminist” and adopted it with enthusiasm. I confidently pointed out sexism in my classmates and took my first formal feminist stance against elementary school dress codes. These works are for that girl who I am trying to rediscover. She was not thinking about how the boys see her. She never made herself small for the attention of a man.

Through a lengthy and intricate process, I created portraits of women that I know. The works begin as large pieces of muslin laid out on a flat surface. Then, I mix acrylic paint and water, stir vigorously and apply the pigment to the canvas as a stain. I use a sponge and a spray bottle to move the colour around the canvas. Once dry, I stitch over a thousand beads onto the canvas. Throughout the processes of staining and beading, a woman emerges from the canvas. I add beads until I am confident in the identity of the portrait.

The process is the most integral part of the work. Working with a large scale engages the entire body in the making process. Using my body and pushing it to its physical limits honours all of the women who came before me, who were not recognized for their contributions. Beads, needles, and thread represent women’s work and attempt to celebrate the sacrifices and strides women have made throughout history. These works acknowledge the profound impact women have had on me individually, and celebrate the condition of womanhood.

You can see more of Hannah’s work on her Instagram @hambonesart

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Exhibitions 2021 - 2022

Unwritten

Nerine Cavadias

Unwritten is an exhibition that seeks to explore the infinite possible ways that history could have played out. This work aims to subvert the expectations of a piece of art as something precious and valuable, to call back to the atrocities of the holocaust. Taking pieces from Adolf Hitler’s failed art career, drawing them into a book, then burning it, it felt like a poignant gesture and in a sense, poetic justice. The Holocaust was such a prominent and horrifying part of our history, which happened not even 100 years ago, and should not be forgotten. Rather than to reiterate the past, Unwritten calls to attention the limitless versions of history that did not come to pass due to the actions of one man with a country under his thumb. Almost asking the question; What is Hitler made it as an artist? Would the Nazis have burned so much cultural heritage? Would we have lost the millions of innocent souls? Would we even have had World War II? No matter how many different possibilities there are, we must not forget what happened and learn from the past to prevent history’s repetition.

This piece of art now ceases to exist but in a documented form through a variety of lenses-much alike most of our human history.

You can find more of Nerine’s work on Instagram @theartofnerine

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Exhibitions 2021 - 2022

Place Non Servile

Ben Lang

You can view more of Ben’s work on Instagram @beejlang or online at https://www.benjaminpeterlang.com/