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Photo Narratives

Beck4Photo 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.

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Room Magazine

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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.

 

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Money is in reality just an embodiment, a condensation, a materialization of a network of social relations…    -Slavoj Žižek
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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!

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And once the exhibition was over…

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Learn more about my Mandala series here.

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Debt+ on NY1

Reporter Ruschell Boone from NY1 stopped by Flux Factory before Debt+ opened to have a look around and a preview of the exhibition. I barely recognize the mandala now that I am in the home stretch!

Be sure to stop by June 24 at 7pm to see the Closing Performances and to see the finished mandala before it is swept away.

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Gothamist & Art F City

Debt-Positive-logo-webAccording to The Gothamist, swinging by Flux Factory to see Debt+ is one of 20 Ways To Make Your June Jubilant! Who doesn’t want to be more jubilant?

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

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Clean Sweep

temp_regrann_1462805611001Shlomi Greenspan and I presented ‘Clean Sweep‘ as part of Gallery Galleria at the Galleria Mall May 12-17, 2016. ‘Clean Sweep’ is a claw machine filled with a miniature world.

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

Want to learn more? Peter Knegt wrote an article for  CBC’s Arts section you can read here. Terence Dick also wrote an article for Akimblog you can read here.

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Cfq9ZV6XEAAWrFWDid I ever mention I have an Instagram account? Check it out at @spark_life.

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McMurray Musings

_1120813I have just come across a very thoughtful blog post about igNIGHT and my newest work The Light.

Check it out on McMurray Musings.

The Light remains on view in Jubilee Plaza in Fort McMurray until all the lights burn out.

 

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The Dying of the Light

RageI 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.

 

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The Untitled Alberta tour

Title_UntitledShlomi Greenspan and I proudly presented Untitled (It’s Almost a One-Liner) at The New Gallery in Calgary at the end of 2014, and at Harcourt House in Edmonton during the spring of 2015 .

Sky Goodden’s essay accompanied the show – you can read it here.

The Calgary Herald’s Swerve Magazine recommended our show and featured an interview with us by Craig R. Palmer.

The Edmonton Examiner‘s Doug Johnson discussed the show’s uncanny juggling act between performance art and installation.

Getting to know the local art communities was great, and it won’t be long before we’re back.

 

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