MKG127 is very pleased to present Rebuilding Canada,
an exhibition of new work by Sara Graham
and in MKG127's Front Space, hand-painted, an exhibition of new work by Suzie Smith.
Opening Saturday February 13, from 2 - 5 PM.
The body of work that Sara Graham has been developing over the last nineteen years has been primarily concerned with issues and ideas that surround and make up the contemporary city. Mapping has long been a central concern within her artistic practice. Her series of drawings and models describe and represent new narratives that chart her interest in mapping geographic terrains and the many systems and networks that lie beneath and behind the surfaces of everyday life.
Rebuilding Canada is series of collages that use some techniques from Paper Tole, a craft that transforms multiple copies of a two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional form that reassembles a relief. These works are partially influenced by the work of Henri Lefebvre, an urban philosopher who critiqued the production of space. Lefebvre believed that demanding the impossible was the only way to get all that is possible. In other words the very idea of the ‘impossible’ was an extremely important starting point for action or change. The works in Rebuilding Canada are not proposing a new formation of the urban landscape nor should they be considered working plans, rather, they are exploratory and consider the unlimited possibilities of urban design in order to generate a dialogue about the contemporary city.
Sara Graham holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Guelph. Her works have been exhibited wide across Canada with recent exhibitions at Surrey Art Gallery (2015), Kitchener Waterloo Gallery (2015), CAFKA (2014), MKG127 (2013), Prairie Art Gallery (2013), Midland Center for the Arts (2013) Art Souterrain/ Nuit Blanche, Montreal (2013) and a public art commission through the City of Richmond (2013).