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Contested

Opening reception: Wednesday October 18th, 7 pm to 9 pm

Exhibition: October 17 to 28, 2017

Tuesday to Saturday 3:30pm to 7:30pm

We are thrilled to present Contested, a solo exhibition featuring the artworks of Liora Salter.

“The ordinary can be provoking and visually exciting: a crush of backpacks on the university–bound bus, a tangle of wires found at any European train station, the pipes and drains in the basements of old buildings, even a pile of string or dishes in the sink or a mop and pail shoved into a cupboard.  I want to challenge the commonplace wisdom that art is supposed to lift us out of the mundane. I want instead to transform how we see the mundane, to make myself and others see differently. I don’t do big and bold; I aim for quiet, detailed and thought-provoking. Even my paintings are essentially drawings in disguise.

Where I go for the edge is in pushing the limits of materials:  inventing new kinds of surfaces, stretching dimensionality in traditionally two dimensional artwork, and challenging the limitations of traditional methods.  The materials I use are those found readily – plexi-glass, gels, paints, pencil, wires, as well as paint.  I am continually experimenting with them; this is a central element of my work. Process creates its own meanings.

And yes, and in contradistinction with much contemporary art, I believe that eloquence and elegance (call it aesthetics) still matter.  In my work, beauty is not a dirty word, and politics are but an undercurrent.” Liora Salter