Once Removed, Curatorial Project in Ford CityJuly 13, 2018
Once Removed is a curatorial project that opened last night and runs until Sunday, July 15.
Location: 1067 Drouillard Rd
Can be viewed by appointment.
Curated by Adrienne Crossman
Once Removed is a group exhibition that features three Windsor based emerging artists working with found video footage and installation to explore themes of identity and the fluid boundaries between reality and fiction. Clendinning, Maddaford and Pinney each engage in their own dialogues with already existing material (found home videos, historical literature, dystopian films), resulting in new narratives that delve into the abject, queerness and trauma.
This exhibition is the first of a series of curated exhibitions meant to foster and highlight the emerging community of visual artists working conceptually in the Windsor-Essex region.
Imogen Clendinning is a found footage video artist, based in Windsor Ontario. She is currently enrolled as a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Windsor, School for the Creative Arts. Her current practice involves the use of antiquated technology and looped collage video, accessing the VCR, overhead projectors and bulky monitors. Clendinning’s work is informed by the abject, the grotesque and violent projections of identity which are addressed through the screen. Her videos are also influenced by media cultural theories concerning degraded images. After graduating with a BFA from Nipissing University, Clendinning exhibited a body of independent work in spaces such as The FARM, The White Water Gallery and the Musee de la Gare in Temiscaming, Quebec. In the past year Clendinning has worked as a youth facilitator for the Black Water Arts Collective, as well as, the city of North Bay’s Youth Arts Mentorship Program.
Luke Maddaford is an interdisciplinary Canadian artist and curator whose practice explores the intersection of identity and place. He is interested in how we navigate social and physical spaces and how those experiences inform the way we perceive ourselves and the spaces we occupy. With a special interest in queer identity, much of his current research revolves around non-urban space, the history of queer occupation, and his relationship to queer histories and futures. He has exhibited throughout Canada, and holds a Diploma in Visual Art and Design from Keyano College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art + Design, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art from the University of Windsor. He currently lives in Windsor, ON, where he operates LEFT contemporary out of his garage.
Dominic Pinney is a Visual Artist based in Windsor ON where he is currently an MFA Candidate at the University of Windsor. He is originally from Calgary AB where he completed his BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Through working with metals, concrete, plastics, and light installation, Pinney creates environments that are grounded in both the present and a proposed Dystopian future. Blending fiction and reality to create an in-between space, he questions the inevitability of the decline of the city environment.