Sept 19 – 23, 11 am – 8 pm
Vernissage: Friday Sept 21, 6 – 9 pm
You’ll Dance to Anything, brings together four artists (Charles Gagnon, Margaret Haines, Robb Jamieson, Shawn Kuruneru) who engage with popular culture, elements of technology and music by creating work that examines specific instances of these elements up close, often re-situating them outside of their traditional function. Their methods of interpretation offer possibilities of the experiential, observation, and interaction.
Charles Gagnon – amplifier (2005), Record (2007-2011)
Charles Gagnon’s work is concerned with the aural qualities of things. An embroidered sculpture amplifies the room, along with a series of drawings, depicting vinyl records and typographical ornaments such as the asterisk, and various fleurons, or printer’s flowers. These graphic marks are often used to indicate, a pause, a sound, a silence, an interruption, or temporal duration, a space for time. They are all records. Listen attentively.
Margaret Haines – Face The Music (2012)
Margaret Haines creates situations that make use of the performative nature of everyday subjects within a pop culture/consumer sphere. In Face The Music Margaret has created a site-specific installation that mimics merchandise dispensed throughout the festival.
Robb Jamieson – Failed Art (2012)
Failed Art is a video installation about the fictitious artist Douglas Ewers who produced video art in the 1980′s without much success. The 1980′s Ewers is played by Robb Jamieson and the present day Ewers is played by Robb’s father Ronald Jamieson. The installation is a humorous look at the difference between success as a person and success as an artist, and it is made up of a documentary film about the artist, performance video, as well as biographical artifacts from Ewers past.
Shawn Kuruneru – Untitled (beads on carpet) (2012)
Shawn Kuruneru works with drawing, painting, and sculpture, often creating stark black and white imagery of patterns and textures, or more recently, repetitive paintings of dots in various colours. His work subtly references the body, and, often, pop cultural elements through re-interpreted shapes and imagery.