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Rural Readymade explores what is and isn't art

May 19, 2011

Artists from across Canada have taken what is already made from their everyday environment and turned it into a discussion about art in a new exhibit opening this month at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

The exhibition, guest curated by Shauna McCabe, includes work by contemporary artists who explore the mutability of interpretation and meaning through an investigation of the idea of the "readymade" in contemporary experience. The effectiveness of the readymade is centered upon its probing of a key tension and confusion - between what is, and what is not, art.

Rural Readymade features works from artists in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and Saskatchewan: Will Gill, Geoff Hendricks, Janice Wright Cheney, Eryn Foster, Adriana Kuiper, Ryan Suter, Kim Morgan, Doug Lewis, Norma Jean MacLean and Clint Neufeld.

Focusing on everyday surroundings where the use and adaptation of found materials are deeply engrained, the work of these artists playfully and adeptly blurs the line between the mundane and aesthetic, low-tech and no-tech, the found and familiar. The collective vernacular that emerges in Rural Readymade is one that speaks of an agile and persistent drive towards the creative reimagination of art and everyday life.

View Rural Readymade at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery May 28 through October 9.

Cutline: Clint Neufeld, American Beauty, 2008, ceramic, glaze decals, Plexiglas. Collection of the Mendel Art Gallery, Purchased with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts 2009.


Media contact: Dan Wall, publicist, Confederation Centre of the Arts, phone (902) 628-6135
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