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Wanda Koop, "Helicopter" (from the series Northern Suite)
Wanda Koop, "Helicopter" (from the series Northern Suite), acrylic on plywood, 1986, Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
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Collection of the artist.
Wanda Koop, "Untitled" (from the series Sightlines)
Wanda Koop, "Untitled" (from the series Sightlines), acrylic on canvas, 2008.
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Wanda Koop, "Untitled" (from the series Hybrid Human [red]),
Wanda Koop, "Untitled" (from the series Hybrid Human [red]), acrylic on canvas, 2010.
On the Edge of Experience September 11 to November 21, Winnipeg Art Gallery; October 2 to October 31, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg
BY: Patricia Dawn Robertson
“The truck comes next week to pick up the work,” explains a harried Wanda Koop from her Winnipeg studio. “We’re in the last throes of getting the Winnipeg Art Gallery show together and then we spend the whole month of August installing it.” On the Edge of Experience includes examples of Koop’s work from 1983 to the present, a re-creation of her working space, and the premiere of an existential multi-media work called Hybrid Human. The exhibition includes a collaboration with modern dancer Jolene Bailie, who has choreographed an original dance work called The Hybrid Human Project to complement the show. “I’ve been interested in Bailie’s work for years,” Koop says. “For me, making paintings is a dance of some kind. That’s why I’m drawn to dance. Collaboration is always expansive for me, and I love working with other disciplines. They bring something new to the table.” Koop and her Winnipeg dealer, Mayberry Fine Art are running a concurrent show to coincide with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, including older works and paintings from the Hybrid Human series. On the Edge of Experience will travel to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in early 2011.