CAMPBELL ELIZABETH FEARON LIBBY HAGUE GARY Mac LEOD
curated by Rupen
offhthemap gallery, 712 Lansdowne Avenue, Back Building
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Libby's "art fix Saturday afternoons - pleasure without
Overflow: an art fix and colouring cure
Rupen says it's like inviting musicians to come over and jam
Flowers pass through the window mesh and the tangle of razor wire high
up the wall and fall into the garden. In that instant they are changed
into a new material and a new pattern. We can't see both sides, inside
and out, at once.
I' ve often thought that a difference between art and traditional craft
is the anxiety inherent in making something new, that is almost always
present in making art. However, over time, traditional craft has sifted
out the mistakes so people can make something beautiful without the anxiety
of failure. Work yes, but also pleasure without much responsibility.
I want to create an open art structure that can't fail its participants.
I'll take on the worry and you can enjoy yourself by losing yourself in
focused work. Thatıs the art fix and colouring cure in this mix of art
and craft. By having other people participate in making this piece, I
want to give us all an opportunity to make something together that has
a larger scale and greater modulation than either of us could do alone.
At the end of the show, you can collect and keep your work.
I'll provide the instruction and materials. Visitors will be doing rubbings
from woodblocks with me, cutting them out and attaching them to a scaffolding
of sorts. My perfect participant is someone who hasnıt made art since
grade 1 but has always had a nervous desire to do so. Stephen Harper,
this might be your big break.