New Work in “Darkness at the Edge”

Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts presents the Annual Curated exhibition,

Darkness at the Edge…
Curated by Thom Sokoloski

June 13- July 7, 2013

Opening reception: Thursday June 13, 7- 10pm
Be prepared. For this exhibition Propeller Centre of Visual Art’s will be transformed into an immersive darkened experience of liminality. From peepholes to flashlights, viewers will explore the gallery’s exhibition while treading deeper into obscurity with an array works from national and international artists!

There are places we find ourselves where light fades and darkness arrives. 

That edge, precipice, or boundary, where the light meets the dark, can become a threshold into an unknown abyss or terrain. 

It might be the moment after opening the door to reveal the darkness of your home or studio. Entering a cave on a bright day. Looking out at a moon-lit lake of dark water that you would never dare dive into. The end of an affair, marriage or friendship. We have all looked into the darkness at the edge, the place where we let go of what we had, knew or cherished.

Darkness at the edge is about those moments of liminality; the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in life and dream when you no longer hold what you held, but have not yet begun the transition to what you will hold. During a ritual’s liminal stage, a participant “stands at the threshold,  often in a state of contemplation of what was and what could be.

As a curator, it is always fascinating to propose a theme for an exhibition, since you never can guess what the response might be. It arouses artists to respond in different ways with their practice; from what was their initial inspiration and concept to the process of rendering their final work. A kind of collective engagement occurs, unknowingly, between every artist until they each deem what work will be relevant. With over 130 submissions, Darkness at the Edge, hit a chord with a wide spectrum of artistry. My hope is that the 36 selected works you experience throughout Propeller will conjure up not only each artist’s response to liminality but also provoke a momentary mirror into each of our own.

-Thom Sokoloski

Participating artists:

Karen Abel (Canada)                                           Salvatore Insana (Italy)
Peter Barelkowski (Canada)                                Lisa Johnson (Canada)
Sarah Casey (UK)                                               Paul Kilbertus (Canada)
Charles Chadwick (USA)                                    Jennifer Laiwint (Canada)
Connie Chappel (Canada)                                  Miklos Legrady (Canada)
Morgan Chivers (USA)                                        Irina Litinsky (Canada)
Mary DiPaola (Canada)                                       Eileen MacArthur (Canada)
Daniel Djamo (Romania)                                     Slawomir Milewski (UK)
Gordana Olujic Dosic (Canada)                           Ben Ng (Canada)
Gerry Dotto (Canada)                                          Randall Okita (Canada)
Pat Dumas-Hudecki (Canada)                             Anastassia Pronsky-Stojanovic (Canada)
Stu Edwards (Canada)                                         Robert Quance (Canada)
Johanna Evans-Colley (USA)                               Luis Rodrogues (Portugal)
Ronald Gonzalez (USA)                                       Sirima Sataman (USA)
Shannon Griffiths (Canada)                                  Giovanni Senisi (Canada)
Natasha Gusta (Canada)                                      Heather Smith (Canada)
Brian Hawkins (USA)                                             Evan Steenson (Canada)
Todd Herman (USA)                                              Keijo Tapanainen (Canada)
W.W. Hung (Canada)                                            Kira Varvanian (Canada)

Work from my series Fictional Realities in new show @Propeller

June 20- July 1 | Sincerely Yours | Curated by John Kissick

Propeller’s 15th Annual Curated Exhibition

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21, 7-10 PM

“The kernel, the soul—let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual valuable material of all human utterances—is plagiarism.” -Jonathan Lethem

I fake it so real that I’m beyond fake.”  -Courtney Love

“Ever wondered what an authentic experience felt like? You know—a feeling that you were reasonably sure was yours’ and yours’ alone; a gesture that didn’t inevitably collapse into a set of chiches; having an idea that didn’t already have a citation index attached to it; the premise that you, your thoughts and your actions were in any meaningful way unique? I keep thinking at some point in my past, I must have had an authentic feeling—but certainly not lately.  For the most part, I–like most artists I know–have come to an uneasy peace about the whole thing, figuring that “mediation is me” and besides, authenticity is so twentieth-century. But I continue to be haunted by one particularly troubling aspect of this equation: if authenticity is now accepted in most quarters as a cultural construct rather that an existential truth, then how the hell do we recognize sincerity anymore. Or is sincerity, like its corollary authenticity, contingent on a world outside ourselves? And if so, what does it mean for individuals who produce work based on notions of intuition and self-expression?

The exhibition has taken as its premise the idea that sincerity is a contested term in contemporary art practice. All of the artists chosen for the exhibition have in some way addressed the challenge of the authentic in a particular way, each coming to the problem with a specific critical strategy. A number of works in the show address a certain longing for a graspable authentic experience that seems somehow just out of reach. There are others for whom our thoroughly mediated world of experience is what constitutes the “new” authentic. Still others see authenticity as simply a social construction, and thus the act of addressing it in art is, at its core, ironic. Together, the works in this exhibition provide an intriguing snapshot into the challenge of being an artist–and in essence locating the self–in this complicated thing we call contemporary art.”    – John Kissick

Participating Artists:

Ashleigh Bartlett
Tammi Campbell
Sarah Carney
Sarah Comfort
Candice Davies
Stephanie Deumer
Joel Fullerton
David Griffin
Bailey Govier
Tadaaki Hozumi
Pat Dumas-Hudecki
Steven James Brown
Rachel Ludlow
Eileen MacArthur
Matt Macintosh
Brad Muir
Frances Patella
Jenna Faye Powell
Tony Saad
Giovanni Senisi
RICHard SMOLinski
Shawn Stovell
Laura Taler
Maria Whiteman
Ross Winte

A catalog will be published to coincide with the exhibit.