Alex Hill, Jasmine Huang,
Brennan Kelly, Adriana Lademann,
Lauren Lavery and Anchi Lin
April 16-18, 2015
April 17, 7pm
HAUNT presents Sixth Finger, featuring works by recent graduates from SFU’s visual arts program: Alex Hill, Jasmine Huang, Brennan Kelly, Adriana Lademann, Lauren Lavery and Anchi Lin.
A sixth finger, on one hand, could be seen as a physical manifestation of the extraneous: a harmless, functionless, congenital deformity a few degrees up from a skin tag. On the other hand, it could be considered a benefit to increased productivity, as in the rare cases where a polydactyly will have jointed bones and is a functional digit.
Presented two days after the opening reception of Froot Zalad, the graduation exhibition for SFU visual arts students, and located only a short walk from the Audain Gallery, Sixth Finger is the polydactyly to the work of the six artists included in this exhibition. It is extraneous to the work in the graduation show, but also functions as an example of these six individuals’ respective drives to experiment through production.
Alex Hill utilizes the medium of painting to explore concepts of erasure, subtraction, fragmentation, and collage in an attempt to discover an art form based on dismantling the preciousness of the static art object.
Jasmine Huang is Chinese-Canadian artist who works with many traditional Chinese handcrafting techniques and symbolic objects. She repurposes these traditional elements of Chinese arts to explore new ways initiating conversations around contemporary Chinese culture.
Brennan Kelly implements collage strategies to explore connections in varied materials culled from the expansive stream of commodity detritus. Through process-based alterations he seeks to obscure and dissociate the intended functionality of these amalgamated materials, resulting in transformative works set with an intentional ambiguity.
Adriana Lademann is a member of the art collective Radical Spirits. She is interested in collective art making and approaches her work from a feminist perspective.
Lauren Lavery’s practice is based on concepts of our bodies occupying space and interacting with all elements of the surrounding environment. A direct relationship to the works, both as art objects and installations, encourage viewers to question and reconsider the significance in the value of the space in which they embody and occupy.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Anchi Lin’s practice, primarily in performance and video, engages in dialogues of body and self, and in decontextualizing language and sound. Traces of Lin’s Taiwanese background can be found in her works, in the form of food, objects, and cultural traditions.
Installation views by Curtis Grahauer.
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