Material Girls

Material Girls (Meryl 1.jpg)Here’s a heads up about an exhibition that’s opening at the Dunlop Art Gallery on Friday, Jan. 30. It’s co-curated by Wendy Peart, Blair Fornwald and Jennifer Matotek from the Dunlop, and will involve a whole pile of work by female artists. The artists, as the exhibition title implies, use a range of materials in their art, and the curatorial focus is on notions of excess as they relate to the feminized body, capitalist desire and gendered space in our society.

Material Girls opens with an artist talk by Raphaelle de Groot at Central Library on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday at 3 p.m., Metis artist Amy Malbeuf will do a performance called Portals in the pocket park on the southeast corner of Smith St. and 12th Ave. by Central Library. The performance will be followed by an artist talk by Malbeuf at 3:30 p.m. in the RPL Theatre.

I imagine we’ll have a review of the exhibition in Prairie Dog at some point. It runs until April 5. The above pictured work, by the way, is titled Meryl 1. It’s by artist Meryl McMaster from her 2010 series Second Self

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Author: Gregory Beatty

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