"General Infinite Love"
Dominique Rey, "General Infinite Love," oil on canvas, 2008, 42" x 30".
Pilgrims, September 9 to October 9, 2010, Gallery 1C03, Winnipeg
BY: Patricia Dawn Robertson
Pilgrims is Dominque Rey’s first solo painting show. For ten years, the Winnipeg-based artist was consumed with photography and video, so this marks a return to the art form she’s practiced since age ten. “This is just one more risk,” Rey explains. “It’s a jump into the cold water.” Pilgrimsexplores notions of the ‘unbeautiful’ and how they become permissible and even desirable under the guise of performance. Masks, and the act of performance, create vehicles of self-transformation. Rey, who’s also a part-time burlesque performer, is seeking to “recast the role of the misfit, the freak and deviant.” With a BFA from the University of Manitoba and currently pursuing an MFA in new media in Berlin, Rey was recently named an arts ambassador for the City of Winnipeg, designated a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2010. She sees the Pilgrims project as infinite, an on-going conversation.