Join UWAG for the opening reception of their new Winter Exhibitions on Thursday, January 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Elinor Whidden: Rearview
Over the last decade, Elinor Whidden has travelled across Canada and the United States staging situations that challenge the prevailing myth of the North American frontier. Combining performance, photography, and sculptural installations, the artist situates herself as an ersatz explorer, supplanting the historical role of the frontiersman. Developed between 2007-2014, this collection of staged photographs and proxy artifacts explores how deeply the “discovery” of North America is tied to artifacts of colonialism, and how this can subsequently be linked to the subjugation of the landscape and the proliferation of the automobile—a beacon of progress that the artist poignantly deconstructs as an emblem of cultural and environmental degradation.
Barbara Hobot: Strong Bonds
Barbara Hobot’s multidisciplinary artworks are made from objects that have been manipulated, traced, and translated from one medium into another. A drawing might be the basis for a sculpture, which then in turn becomes a collage. By taking spatial and material cues from one work and introducing these to another form or medium, her process suggests an underlying unity between disparate elements. Each gesture is determined as much by chance as it is by the artist’s speculation about the desires of inanimate things. Hobot’s aim is to create a circumstance in which the artworks themselves appear to be self-generating.