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Laura Dutton : Quietly at the Window

Fri. July 3rd 2015 - Fri. July 17th 2015
@  Odeon Alley
Windows are holes. We understand them first and foremost as an absence in some larger surface or structure. They connect spaces and transform them into images, which are projected onto the hypothetical plane that exists within the borders of the ever-present frame. By necessity, we conceptualize the window in relation to what lies beyond.
In her body of work, Quietly at the Window, Laura Dutton takes this ontological absence and gives it physical presence. What was once defined by its transparency—both visual and conceptual—is now opaque. The viewer is confronted not by the emptiness of the frame, but by the incredible density of colour and form contained therein. In this series, the beyond has revealed itself as neither fantasy nor reality, but pure abstract reverie.
The window remains, despite the paradoxical inversion of its very nature, but our collective uncertainty about the origin of the subject—its lost referent—and the deconstruction of the photographic process itself distance the work from traditional values; we don’t approach these structures as windows… or any other form of representation. Instead, we are introduced to a phenomenological language that is far more common in the world of painting or sculpture. Dutton’s luminous skeletons rely not on the internal logic of their composition, but on the seductive power of their emanations, which can rightfully be described as the product of Rothko and Flavin combined.
- text by Matt Trahan
Presented by: The Ministry of Casual Living
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Menticality: Kaitlyn Dunsmore - Apr 23rd @ Ministry of Casual Living Window Gallery

Menticality: Kaitlyn Dunsmore

Friday Apr. 19th until Fri. May 10th
Kaitlyn Dunsmore is an interdisciplinary artist from Glasgow, Scotland. She received a Ba (Hons) in Contemporary Art Practice from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, and has since received an MFA from the University of Victoria. Her work is an exploration of paradoxical and binary relationships. By c... Read More

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Artist Market: Elise Hendrickson, Stefanie Mudry - Apr 23rd @ The Ministry of Casual Living

Artist Market: Elise Hendrickson, Stefanie Mudry

Friday May. 3rd until Sun. May 5th
Artist Market

Ministry of Casual Living,
Devonshire Studio Gallery,
858 Devonshire Road

Friday, May 3, 1-8pm
Saturday, May 4, 11am-5pm
Sunday, May 5, 11am-5pm

Come experience our first ever Artist Market!
Local artists of varied practices will gather, sell and showcase their wares.... Read More
Fri, May 3, 1-8pm, Sat May 4, 11am-5pm, Sun, May 5, 11am-5pm
@  The Ministry of Casual Living
Moonlight 2019: Anne-Marie Fortin - Apr 23rd @ The Ministry of Casual Living

Moonlight 2019: Anne-Marie Fortin

Friday Apr. 26th until Sun. April 28th
Anne-Marie Fortin
Moonlight 2019

Moonlight has been created during the Bonnie McComb Kreye Residency. This installation is structured around dialectic movements (opposition and analogies) inviting the viewer to reorganize the meaning of what is there for them to see.

The philosophical disc... Read More
Friday 7-10pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
@  The Ministry of Casual Living