January 28 - February 25, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, January 28, 2-4pm
732 Richards Street, Third Floor
In continuation with Soheila Esfahani’s ongoing research of cultural translation, Interstice focuses on the notion of ornament as portable culture.The artist explores the processes involved in circulation of ornamentation, and its dissemination and reinsertion within various cultural traditions.Through appropriating and re- contextualizing souvenir objects as ornately-patterned artworks, Esfahani questions reification, representation, and identity.
Recurring in Esfahani’s works are laser-cut motifs.The artist has laser-etched a pattern from a mosque in Iran overtop of kitsch, laser-cut shapes sold as souvenirs in various countries. Uniting these forms through their mode of production, and combining them in a single object Esfahani, thwarts all distinction: cultural motifs are blended, and bifurcation of “high” art and “low” object becomes impossible.
Feb 4 - Apr 21, 2017
The College Art Galleries 1 & 2
University of Saskatchewan
Curated by Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek, and Wendy Peart
Organized and circulated by Dunlop Art Gallery
Morehshin Allahyari, Jaime Angelopolous, Christi Belcourt, Katherine Boyer, Karin Bubaš, Andrea Carlson, Ying-Yueh Chuang, Raphaëlle de Groot, Abigail DeVille, Sohelia Esfahani, Ran Hwang, Sarah Anne Johnson, Felice Koenig, Deirdre Logue, Rachel Ludlow, Jodie Mack, Amy Malbeuf, Sanaz Mazinani, Meryl McMaster, Allyson Mitchell, Dominique Rey, Winnie Truong, Alex Cu Unjieng, and Marie Watt
Material Girls is about women taking up space. This large-scale group exhibition brings together Canadian and international emerging, mid-career, and senior female artists from across artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Uniting these works is an exploration of material process and notions of excess as they relate to the feminized body, gendered space, and capitalist desire. Sumptuous, decorative and visually overwhelming, the exhibition space becomes a horror vacui, a jubilant and visceral counterpoint to the standard conventions of the austere white cube.
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Soheila would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of her artistic practice.