The Gilded Age by Carrie Chisholm

Carrie Chisholm (AOCAD, MFA) built her mixed media art practice on reinterpreting designer product photography in both 2D (drawing/painting/collage) and 3D (sculpture, installation) formats. Her work is a playful exploration of the tension between desire and fulfillment through transformed depictions of luxurious and opulent products which she knows to be personally unattainable. This exhibition was created at a time when modern societies appear to be questioning whether we are in fact entering a post-pandemic ‘golden age’ or if we are simply inhabiting a period that has the outward appearance of one but is actually a parody. Each piece is composed of ornamental objects that have been removed from their original source material, deconstructed and reconfigured to create a version that is at times uncanny and/or inauthentic. Carrie is particularly fascinated with the optical effects and illusions generated by the elements of line, colour, and light such as ornamentation, pattern, transparency, shadow-casting and reflection.

Guest artist: Edmund Law

Born in 1972 in Kitchener, Ontario, Edmund Law graduated with distinction from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 1998. Between 1996 and 1997, he studied at the off-campus studio in Florence, Italy. In 1999, he co-founded AWOL Gallery and Studios, an artist collective that has operated for 15 years. Working mainly in site-specific sculpture, his work has been shown locally and internationally. He currently lives and works in Toronto. Law’s head sculptures are created individually to give them unique “personalities." The bases are usually made of wood and are stand-ins for a body, with added frills to emphasize each character’s contribution to a larger narrative. Barbie doll in scale, the small head sculptures draw the viewer in. What appears cute from a distance often embodies a pathetic, melancholic, desperate, or suggestive scenario up close.


The Gilded Age by Carrie Chisholm

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