Katie Hernandez makes minimal and abstract shaped paintings. Rarely having any real referential depictions, the pieces are free from binding associations tied to the material world and, instead, are free to converse internally, developing their own language in response to one another.
Join us for the opening of Elise Boudreau Graham's new project, The People's Princess. Elise will exhibit her collection of 500 handmade 1.5" buttons containing photographs of Princess Diana. Using old, thrifted picture books as her primary source material, Elise is interested in the manufacturing of fame and spectacle before the age of internet-blogging and online gossip websites.
Full artist statement:
Diana was a princess of public consciousness who transcended class boundaries, beloved by everyone. They called her the People’s Princess of all things. In 1997 her death was a sensational event equaled by our infatuation while she was alive. I am interested in the spectacle surrounding Diana. She was so adored, so scrutinized, and yet such a banal woman. Her aura is more remarkable than her self.
Diana is the pre-Internet equivalent to our current celebrities and yet her celebrity endures. Picture books, my primary source material, are antiquated compared to online gossip websites and it is difficult to imagine a popular demand for such coffee table books to be published today.
But these cultural artifacts do not become lost online as they are eventually resold and rediscovered in secondhand shops. They are readily available at Value Village or the Salvation Army. I have chosen to display five hundred buttons with no knowing repetition in imagery. Diana sees the camera, she doesn’t see the camera, she avoids the camera, she poses for the camera. We are intrusive voyeurs into her life and death, and yet this accessibility was part of her appeal.
The People’s Princess is kitschy and tongue-in-cheek but also, in a way, genuine.
OPENING THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 7pm - 9pm
La Vierge Miracle
photos By Geordie Mott
Working as a cinematographer on a documentary about the convergences of Vodouissant and Catholic beliefs in Haitian culture, Geordie Mott spent the summer of 2010 photographing unique, beautiful and peculiar aspects of Haitian life. For his upcoming exhibition at Lost & Found, he has complied images of an annual pilgrimage to the dual waterfalls of Saut-d'Eau, the interior of a Vodou parish in Jacmel and a Catholic funeral home in Port-au-Prince, Haitian teenagers during a confirmation ceremony, as well as photographs from the outside the movie production with characters in costume as Vodou deities.
What you won't find in this exhibition however, are overt images of the devastating Jan 12th, 2010 earthquake and it's pulverizing effects on the Haitian physical landscape. Mott is adamant that the international media have done more then enough to reveal the devastation to a Canadian audience, and what has been lost is how the people of Haiti are coping through that on an island that is undeniable in its beauty and mystical imagination.