Arts Gallery of St. Albert presents Outrospectives
December 7, 2018– January 27, 2018
Artists: Nathalie Daoust, Florin Hategan, Edwin Janzen
Opening Reception: Sat, Dec 9, 2.30 – 5 pm
Outrospectives empowers us to think creatively, reinforce our relationships with others and – perhaps one day – create radical and meaningful social transformations.
Utilising photography and printmaking, Nathalie Daoust, Florin Hategan and Edwin Janzen interrogate assumptions of identity, place and meaning. These diverse artists present their own Outrospectives that encourage us to broaden our own preconceptions of the outside world and its occupants and, in turn, learn about ourselves.
Photographer Nathalie Daoust’s series, Korean Dreams, is a multifaceted series that studies the secretive world of North Korea. These photographs were captured during a closely supervised pre-approved travel program whereby visitors glimpsed a highly selective view of the country, crafted to create the illusion of a perfect society. The resulting dream-like photographs depict a place that seemingly exists outside of time. Fascinated by human behavior, the pursuit of fantasy and its various realities, Daost explores the border between daydreams and reality and a way of life forced upon an entire nation.
Ontario printmaker Florin Hategan presents a sequence of thoughtful, large-scale linocut prints.
The portraits illustrate the adolescent inhabitants of the contemporary world. These perceptive works question the rhetoric of values, human interaction, and the search for self-identification in this new model society.
Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based artist Edwin Janzen’s work draws from political and popular culture. Janzen, who works across a variety of media, collected hundreds of souvenir spoons—the kind collected by tourists and found abundantly in thrift stores and flea markets. Enlarged high resolution scans of these mass-produced trinkets, each with its spoon’s neck removed, reveal super-size crests and badges adorned with kitsch-images commemorating an object or place. Janzen sees these new objects as potent media for cultural transmission and myth-making.
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