A solo exhibition of collaborative work by Lauren Lavery and Stephanie Ng. Join us for the opening reception of "( ) to ( ) / place to place" Friday, May 11 from 7 to 10pm. The exhibition runs May 11- 18, 2018.
The exhibition is a collaborative material experiment between the artists Lauren Lavery and Stephanie Ng, who are based in Guelph, Canada and Hong Kong, China. The process involved in the making of the works is based upon the act of mailing materials, objects and notes back and forth with an intention to alter them each time, consequently resulting in the formation of a finished artwork.
Tuesday — Saturday, 12 — 5 pm
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— Artist Statement:
A box can be described in many ways. Simply put, a box is generally characterized by its square or rectangular shape and straight edges. Sometimes a box will even be equipped with a lid, to cover or enclose the box’s contents. The size of the box is also directly related to the type and amount of objects one can put inside, not to mention the weight and strength of the box’s material structure also having to align with that of its contents. A box is a container, a vessel; a box is an object that can hold something else secretly. Ultimately, a box is more complex than it seems.
Our boxes have travelled. They have been beaten, battered, touched by countless hands, both human and machine, and weathered the natural elements of wind, rain and sun. We can only speculate what may have happened between here and there, or identify which trace and mark was made by what, or by who. Our boxes have not only held objects within them, taken them from point A to point B, but they have also become objects themselves. Their journeys have made them into something new, like how material can be manipulated and assembled into an artwork. The same elements have affected our boxes, but unlike most art, their transformation has happened somewhat unintentionally.
The act of mailing a box is political. It involves taxes, declaration of contents, express shipping charges and is subjugated to being opened and searched before its arrival. Before the box is even able to begin its overseas journey, there is conflict. Entrusting the contents of the box to such unforeseen circumstances is taking a risk. Risking the safe and unbroken arrival of the contents; risking the chance the box might be lost in the process; risking that the work will not be able to be shipped at all due to weight, height, length or other physical components. This exhibition is about the boxes and what they contained along the way.
Stephanie Ng is a visual artist and art educator who is currently based in Hong Kong. She obtained her BFA degree at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver in 2015. Ng’s practice consists mainly of painting, sculptures and collages. Her practice explores the expanding possibilities and boundaries between painting and sculpture. With immense interest in Architecture, she often draws shapes inspired by her surrounding spaces. Ng’s works have been exhibited in Vancouver and was awarded the Volunteers of the Burnaby Art Gallery Award in Visual Arts in 2014.
Lauren Lavery is a visual artist, writer and editor currently based in Guelph, ON. Her interdisciplinary practice consists mainly of sculpture, collage, painting and installation. Lavery's practice is implicated in the embodied dynamics of spaces as activated by the human body and its associated material objects. Her visual art has been exhibited in Vancouver, BC, Toronto, Cambridge, ON and Winnipeg, MB. Lavery is also the founder and editor of Peripheral Review, a Vancouver and Toronto-based online platform of exhibition reviews. She holds a BFA with honours from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, BC.
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