Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Doug Dirks from CBC Radio’s Homestretch. We had a chance to discuss the inspiration behind ÖDE.
Calgary – you can still catch the exhibition at The Military Museums.
It’s finally upon us! Waiter’s Hourglass will be on display starting tomorrow night at The Art Gallery of Windsor as part of The Sandwich Project. The exhibition considers the ways in which food is a metaphor for economic consciousness. Through the themes of food sustainability, consumerism, and consumption, the exhibition considers the effects of food on a community, a culture’s economic growth, and the overall well-being of the body.
Oh, and did I mention I will be showing alongside Andy Warhol?!
June 1 – September 30, 2018.
The opening reception will take place June 1st, at 7pm.
Also, June 2nd at 1pm I will be participating in a panel. Other panelists include Elizabeth Buset, Dr. Adam Lauder, and Dr. Robert Nelson. We will be reflecting on how we depict food, theorize food, and engage with food in a material fashion. I will be sharing an excerpt from my novel Currency.
Photo Narratives is featuring a series of my images titled ‘Passing‘. I began my career as a photographer, then found my way to installation and sculpture. I can’t say how refreshing it was to sort through my endless photo library to put a series together – never forget your first love.
I was delighted to receive word that Waiter’s Hourglass will be featured in the upcoming issue of Room Magazine. Room is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal showcasing fiction, poetry, reviews, art work, interviews and profiles about the female experience.
Waiter’s Hourglass, as you can imagine, was inspired by my years of working in the service industry. According to the last census Canada has more artists than auto workers. Many of us seek work as servers and bartenders to subsidize our practices and provide us with flexibility. While a waitress I was often engaged in menial tasks, watching the hours drain away, wishing I was instead in my studio doing work for myself. Waiter’s Hourglass is an ode to this experience, illustrated by the materials of the trade – two ketchup bottles.
Money is in reality just an embodiment, a condensation, a materialization of a network of social relations… -Slavoj Žižek
After hundreds of hours pushing dyed sand, grain by grain, with a razor blade, the $1000 mandala is done. The evidence of my labour is visible in the missing paint that my butt rubbed off the floor!
And once the exhibition was over…
Learn more about my Mandala series here.
Art F City has also called it one of This Weeks Must See Art Events.
June 24, 7pm: Closing Performances including the completed $1000 Mandala
The American Mandala I am creating is of the now defunct $1000 bill featuring Grover Cleveland. This amount reflects Flux Factory’s rent when they opened their doors in 1993 – an amount that seems impossibly low today. The $1000 bill was withdrawn from circulation in 1969 due to its use by organized crime. With the rise of electronic transactions, the need for larger denominations has dissipated, yet they remain rare collector’s items worth more than their face value.
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Saturday 12-6pm, June 4-24
Gallery Galleria is a series of socially-engaged contemporary art projects that respond to the Galleria Shopping Centre’s architecture and celebrate its role as an informal gathering place. Works by participating artists highlight the ecologies and eccentricities of one of the city’s first enclosed malls. As Toronto’s urbanization continues to intensify, the exhibition will honour and preserve the site’s intangible cultural history in light of the neighbourhood’s imminent redevelopment. With works by Sarah Beck & Shlomi Greenspan, Adrian Blackwell, Oliver Husain, Jessica Vallentin, and Marjan Verstappen. Curated by Aisle 4.
I am very pleased to announce that my newest, and brightest work will be premiered at igNIGHT!
Hosted by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo igNIGHT seeks to reimagine, transform, and energize public spaces. My work will honour the final days of the tungsten light bulb.
As of 2015 the light bulb as we know it will no longer be produced in North America. While this marks an advance in environmental responsibility, it also marks the death of a technology that changed the world. As the light bulb fades into the past, my newest work will function as an epitaph that invites contemplation of change, hope, passage and death.
igNIGHT begins October 23rd, in Fort McMurray and although the festival only lasts for ten days, my work will be on display until the end of the year to accommodate its time-based nature.
Waiter’s Hourglass was also part of the Biennial Emerging Artists Exhibition – Uncooperative at Forest City Gallery. This year addressing the theme of ‘exhaustion,’ Uncooperative speaks to creative workers’ systematic exhaustion and the realization that we are collectively bound up in the same pressures to perform based on the unrealistic, counter-productive expectations of fast-food economics: quick, effective, more.