The Drawing Room presents a collaborative installation by Carly Greene and Olivia Chow on exhibit May 12 to May 30.
Join the artists at 7 pm, May 15 for the opening reception,
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ABOUT THE SHOW
This exhibit explores how the limits of rational explanation give way to the prolific work of the imagination. In so doing, it examines the psychology of the believer, who exists to varying degrees within all of us.
With the advance of technology we are learning more and more about the universe, and becoming increasingly obsessed with that which we cannot understand. In a desperate attempt to make sense of the inexplicable, we tend to see more than what is there: a simple smudge on a camera lens becomes a sign of paranormal activity; a speck in the sky is evidence of extraterrestrial life. In the absence of explanation we create our own.
Drawing upon popular imagery of U.F.O. sightings and paranormal experiences, we use photos and video to document our interaction with the strange and unaccountable. We are interested in seeing the extent to which the viewer buys into the evidence we provide despite hints at its inauthenticity. The question is: “Why do you believe or remain skeptical?”
Olivia Chow was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a BFA in 2012. With a diverse practice in video, sculpture and installation, her work deals with the hyper self-awareness and psychological play within domestic spaces.
For the past couple years, her practice has shifted towards collaborative and curatorial projects. Recently Olivia co-curated the Everything On Sale! project based on the idea of the department store as a microcosm of our consumerist society. Her current practice centers on gastrosophy and experiential aspects of our food culture. In addition to working as a practicing artist and curator, she is actively involved in the Edmonton artistic community.
Carly is an Alberta born artist currently living in Edmonton. In 2012 she received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Alberta with a focus on sculpture. Carly now maintains an active studio practice out of the Drawing Room, a local studio collective, where she is working both collaboratively and independently on a number of ongoing projects. In 2011 Carly completed a 2 month internship at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota where she created her first large scale public sculpture. Since then she has participated in numerous art events including the transitory public art projects Dirt City : Dream City in Edmonton and Phantom Wing in Calgary, as well as a number of collaborative exhibitions. Carly received the A. Natalka Horeczko Scholarship in Painting and Print-Design in 2011 and the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Best of Show Award in 2012 for her large sculptural work in the undergraduate degree exhibition of that year. Carly’s current practice is informed by an interest in history and science fiction.