February 25, 2011

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I spent most of yesterday framing and all of this morning setting up my Made in China photo series at La Galerie in St. Boniface College. I’m glad it’s done and I’m super happy with how it turned out! A big thanks to my friend Melissa Finch who coordinated the exhibit and helped me hang the frames. (you might remember Melissa from this wedding)

You might also remember these photos if you were at my last Cre8ery exhibit in June of 2010… even if you’ve already seen them, you should still go check it out at the Collège’s art gallery. They’re printed and framed in a different format than at the Cre8ery’s show, and they are also for sale, if you’re interested in adding a splash of colour to your walls.

Some people have asked if these are painted or air-brushed… nope, these are digital photographs of my wardrobe: clothing made in China. I raided my closet to see how many things I owned were actually made in China, and turns out, a lot! (cheap, disposable, mass-produced clothing, of course). I wanted to shed some light on the fact that we are generally oblivious to where our clothing is made, how much it actually cost, and how much of it we have because it’s being made at such low prices. Do we really need all this clothes? Do I?? Well, probably not! In fact, do we really need everything else that we buy, accumulate and amass?

It was an interesting concept: this idea of over-consumption, mass-production, cheap things for sale in our local stores, so readily available. It’s something that I don’t spend enough time thinking about, so I decided to put my Made in China clothing to a new use: works of art. I gathered my clothing on my coffee table, placed them in different formations, and photographed it abstractly. The result? Some pretty colourful photos that seem to dance, and move and pop out of their frames. I love it.

Check it out at the Collège Universitaire de St-Boniface, 200 de la Cathédrale Avenue (right behind the St. Boniface Cathedral). Enter by the Aulneau Street side door, take a left, and the gallery is right there. The doors are open 8am to 8pm 7 days a week and the exhibit will be on until the end of March.

Melissa helping me hang all the frames.

Melissa helping me hang all the frames.

Frames waiting to be hung.

Frames waiting to be hung.

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