Arts Commons Presents
Odd and Unusual, When The Rainbow Is Not Enuf, Fragments of a Layered Landscape, and Unpredictable Conditions of Growth
Location: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
Artist Reception: TBA
Odd and Unusual by Katie Barron
The exhibition: Odd and Unusual, recognizes the spontaneous associations created by our own minds throughout day-to-day life. By building off of that which we interact with on a regular basis – food, Odd and Unusual speaks to all on a basic level. Lines between what belongs and what does not are blurred through hyper-detailed oil paintings of surreal combinations of food and nostalgic objects.
When The Rainbow Is Not Enuf by Mel Vee
When The Rainbow Is Not Enuf unsettles cozy, self-serving narratives about “diversity” through photography, first person narratives and poetry.
The rainbow, a metaphor for both LGBTQ2S+ communities and multiculturalism, carries with it the promise of celebrating and embracing differences. With even one colour missing, the rainbow is transformed into an unrecognizable and unfamiliar entity. And yet, this cheerful metaphor rings hollow for BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities, who are disproportionately targeted for violence and discrimination and suffer higher rates of poverty, homelessness and mental illness. Our lives, bodies and contributions are erased even as we are touted as being evidence of, and integral to, the health of democratic, progressive societies.
Fragments of a Layered Landscape by Paige Kurpjuweit
Fragments of a Layered Landscape is more than just the image that is depicted in front of the observer - there is a dash of insanity and a dose of impossible depicted in each frame. The image is the result of several hand-cut images that have been meticulously arranged and permanently glued in place. I encourage the viewer to decipher what is happening in each creation. Focusing on the intersecting lines, humour elements, attention to detail, different angles, and generally, the overall ridiculousness of each collage will place you in an almost dreamlike state. Ask yourself questions, explore different parts of your brain that you haven’t examined yet. This exhibition lets the observer forget about everything on their mind for a small fraction of time and dive deep into another world of organized chaos. Become your own scientist.
Fragments of a Layered Landscape by Maria Munar
What attracts me to the medium of photography is the fluidity of the perception of images. I become the translator of a new language that exists in the materialization of a digital image. I’m excited by moments of superimposed connections, resulting from a delicate configuration of contrasting materials, intricate layers, and decadent colors. By bringing photography into a three-dimensional space it creates moments of impossibility where the eye is continuously tricked and challenged through mutations and complexities. Perfection and imperfection collide in constructed landscapes that have the ability to hide, omit, reveal, and transform. This leads us to question the way images are understood and interpreted, and to question perceptions of reality and truth
Katie Barron is an emerging artist working primarily in oils. Her work utilizes bold lighting schemes produced through the direct painting technique to encourage viewers to establish an emotional connection to the work. Subjects of Barron's work often include surreal combinations of food and other simple indulgences. By painting these simple items in highly detailed realism she invites viewers to plunge into their every detail. Barron questions preconceived notions about what we may combine and what should be left separate. Exploring opposing yet harmonious elements in deeply contrasting lighting, she places the spotlight on the strange among us.
Mel Vee X is a queer Black out-spoken word artist, burlesque performer, photographer and emerging visual artist who was born and raised in Mohkinstsis. Out of the muck of living in a hostile and racist society, the lotus of her unapologetic dedication to speaking truth to power and looking damn good while doing it has emerged. MelVee is dedicated to inspiring marginalized people to tell our own stories from our own perspectives.
Paige Kurpjuweit grew up on a farm in southern Alberta. She studied criminology after high school and later on enrolled in a cannabis production program. Paige works mainly with hand-cut collage, creating a space between surrealism and ridiculousness. She uses mostly magazine clippings, landfill bound garbage, and books to create her collages. The randomness of each collage is intended to transform printed media environments into a state of silliness. Several roads of humour can be found in her work as well as themes such as the earth, animals, space, and people. When Paige isn’t creating, she is traveling, running, growing food, sharing awful dad jokes, or hanging out with her two cats Alan and Doris. She has had her work exhibited at Big Winter Classic, Rosso Coffee Roasters, and Arts Commons. Paige has also been published in UPPERCASE magazine for her illustration work. Kurpjuweit is currently based in Didsbury, Alberta.
Maria Munar is a Colombian/Canadian artist based out of Calgary, Alberta. She graduated with a
Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a major in Media Arts from the Alberta University of the Arts in
2017. She is an emerging visual artist working primarily with photography and sculpture and explores
the way images can be transformed from a digital realm into a three-dimensional space.
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