Summer is in full swing and that means GAC Summer Exhibitions at 10C are underway! What Has Been and What Will Be from local artist Hannah West is on until June 27. Make sure to go check it out before then and in the meantime start gearing up for our August exhibition, BLOT ON THE LANDSCAPE from ANNA GOLDING and Kira Alexanian. 

Read below Anna and Kira’s description of their exhibition:

Anna Golding and Kira Alexanian’s takeover of 10C’s space explores how two artist’s distinct practices intertwine. Lore unfolds as Anna’s clever hand-cut spray painted stencils meet Kira’s intricate fibre and wire installation work. 

Artwork by ANNA GOLDING and Kira Alexanian

It is a real fiction. The blessed release after triggering a spray paint canister. Paint particles erupt helter-skelter from the nozzle tip. A hole opens and fills the expanse. Paint particles settle, but never rest. They wait for a cue unbeknownst to an outsider, and then rise. Blink and you will miss a subtle movement within a concentrated collection of pigment. Then, sure as can be, the Nozzleheads emerge; destined misfits and outcasts.

A tuft of fabric floats by and nestles itself into a scribble of wire. The Nozzleheads’ curious nature is piqued. Playful and airy, scraps of colourful fibre are caught in the wind. Fabric clusters and organic wire structures outstretch, a tapestry of scraps amassing. A blot on the landscape is what it is. A bold interruption in space. An unkempt environment, magnificent in colour, existing in stark contrast to a Nozzleheads graphic sore-thumb body. A blot on the landscape is what they are to each other. Their embrace would surely doom all things right in the world… wouldn’t it?

Yet, as if by design, an organic blanket of fabric scraps swells, sweeping up Nozzleheads in its path. Vines of wire and leaves of fabric curl around their extremities. Wire is for structure and pleasure. Fibre for comfort and shelter. A delicate balancing act tethers the bold and quick-witted Nozzleheads to a network of fibre and wire. The upper-hand is consistently passed off, back-and-forth, in a wild symbiosis.

Artist Statement from: Kira Alexanian:

Kira Alexanian (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, gatherer, and tinkerer currently interested in textiles, sculpture, and installation work. A recent graduate of the University of Guelph Studio Art program, Kira has developed an intuitive practice that reacts to surrounding environments, lived experiences, and her own personal yearning for all things whimsical and magical. Through organic textures, rich colours, and fantastical imagery, Kira references natural environments through a fabled lens. 

Artwork by ANNA GOLDING and Kira Alexanian

Artist bio from ANNA GOLDING:

ANNA GOLDING (she/her) is a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, drawing, and installation. Thematically, her art practice clashes together elements of risk and humour and she has justly developed an affinity for using spray paint in numerous ways. Physically, her practice lies in multiples, slight variations of form, and play with density. Most recently, spray paint has become ANNA’s muse in her Nozzlehead series. The Nozzleheads are an imagined species that get created every time she spray paints, where the suspended paint particle remnants settle like dust and accumulate into groupings of Nozzleheads. Each stands only 8 inches tall, the same height as a spray paint canister. There is no question ANNA’s practice is heavily influenced by the world of street art, as she hungers to create icons and the iconic.

BLOT ON THE LANDSCAPE will be open for viewing Aug 8th to Aug 30th. Stay tuned for more information regarding dates and times for a closing reception at 10C Shared Space Gallery (located at 42 Carden Street) where people can meet the artist. The gallery space is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm for regular viewing.

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