November 5 - November 28
Opening Reception, November 5, 6 – 8:30 pm
The captivating artworks in this contemporary still life exhibit, prompt us to take a second look at the objects around us and contemplate their meaning.
Striking still-life colour photographs by Ontario photographer, Andrzej Maciejewski bring to mind the paintings of the Old Masters. The fruits and vegetables, carefully lit and posed in these atmospheric images come straight from the local supermarket. They still bear their label stickers with PLU numbers, shrink wrap and tags: each piece of produce perfectly formed, sized and at its peak ripeness, urging consumption. The artist thoughtfully inspires a discussion regarding our relationship with nature and the detriment caused by mass production and genetic modification.
Alberta ceramicist and sculptor Juliana Rempel is influenced greatly by the fine art tradition of Still Life. Inspired by household objects, the large-scale ceramic sculptures she creates demonstrate the beauty of simplicity. Vessels, fruits, tableware and such, are reinterpreted through the refined manipulation of materials and scale. The resulting layered compositions of colour, form and texture achieve a subtle oddness that invokes suspicion and intrigue.