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kipjones second nature facsimile

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June 23 – July 15, 2018

Opening Reception: June 23, 2 – 5 PM

 

 “Doppelgangers as reflections of the strong discordance of modernity as it speaks to our involvement with nature”

 -Hillel Schwartz: The culture of the copy:Striking likenesses, unreasonable facsimiles.New York. Zone Books, 1996

 

The works in second nature facsimile seek to address the troubling tensions between humans’ vision of nature and the natural in the quest to create a contemporary civilization. They are playful acts of research into the notions and process of the cast object as a facsimile or copy of an ideal. 

Through the use of a broad range of materials, the various elements that constitute each individual form create an inter-connected discourse between the objects. These works are statements that tell an integral story of the interaction with the natural. This relationship is examined through familiar icons such as cast iron house frameworks, which refer to the planet as a place where we live. 

The works in second natural facsimile are intended as acts of engagement that create descriptive narratives, pushing the limits of multiples through the use of process and materiality. 

About the Artist

kipjones is an active and experienced public artist, sculptor and instructor living in Toronto. Over the past two decades, he has created public and studio-based works addressing various issues related to the critical and conceptual discourse of contemporary three-dimensionality. More specifically, he believes sculpture to be an open genre that speaks to space as a societal dimension, gesture as an action or event, and time as a response or reflection.

In his artistic research, kipjones addresses this complexity of space via immersive, site-specific installations, public art and object-making. Solo and co-designed permanent public art projects are installed at the Calgary International Airport, Moncton City Hall, Kelowna Public Library, King’s Square in Charlottetown, PEI, and the Markham Museum. 

 

Adrian Fish The Aesthetics of Infrastructure: Transportation

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June 23 – July 15, 2018

Opening Reception: June 23rd, 2 – 5 PM

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (commonly known as UAVs or drones) are a relatively new technology in a nascent stage of development. The ability to accurately maneuver a camera at high altitudes to inexpensively produce high-quality photographic imagery is a remarkably powerful technological development. The ability of UAVs to operate from these elevated perspectives – well above those previously made possible by stands, booms, scaffolds or tripods – invites many new subject explorations. 

My research interest is in building an archive of UAV images and videos that document the edges of urban/built environments. The Aesthetics of Infrastructure: Transportation is an exploration of the physical framework of the roads, buildings, intersections and parking lots of contemporary urban territory mingling with natural environments.

The images are presented on screens as moving stills – short video loops that offer insight into the organizations and patterns of the framework of urbanity. My intention is to insert UAV-generated material into the public sphere for contemplation and critical reflection on the impact and aesthetics of urban development.

About the Artist

Adrian Fish is a Toronto-born photo-based artist and educator currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Adrian holds an MFA from York University in Toronto, as well as undergraduate accreditation from OCAD University in Toronto and the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, ON. His work has shown numerous public institutions, artist-run centres and commercial galleries in Calgary, Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Winnipeg in Canada, as well as internationally in Atlanta, GA, Brooklyn and Chelsea, NY, Columbus, OH, Berlin, Germany, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Tokyo, Japan. 

Adrian’s work has been featured in publications such as Canadian Art, Vice Magazine and WIRED.com. Adrian is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Media Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

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