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Ashley Culver, O No. 02, C-print on archival cotton paper, 6" x 6" (10" x 10" framed), 2017.

"Ashley Culver: Open wide to pronounce its name as well as to ingest it"

May 11–June 30, 2018
Location: Open Sesame, 220 King Street West, Kitchener, ON
Artist talk and reception: Friday, June 1, 2018, 7pm

Artist Statement:

The exhibition title, Open wide to pronounce its name as well as to ingest it, is a line in Francis Ponge's poem "The Orange."

The line illustrates one's interaction with an orange as material as well as through recognition and language. Similarly, the exhibited photographs and sculptures seek for a knowing of this thing.

The collection of photographs, O, indexes found peels and their context. The image is all texture: dimpled orange peels and their soft pith with the support of the ground they've happened upon due to gravity. When I photograph a peel, I am recording an event I did not witness: the peeling of the fruit, the fall of the peel onto the ground. In this manner, photography is a way to acknowledge an encounter.

The sculptures are life-size bronze casts of whole navel orange peels, which had curled and twisted as they dried. I used the organic burn-out casting method to make this work: As the bronze is poured, the hot liquid metal burns away the organic material, taking its place. The peel no longer exists, and the closest representation of it is the bronze.

These photographs and sculptures both isolate orange peels. They hold it in one's hand and in one's gaze. The work dwells in the pleasure of an encounter and in the curiosity of observing something. Reframing these overlooked materials presents the objects as things to look at and observe. Questioning how ordinary objects are seen, or rather if they are seen. A call for attentiveness.

About the artist:

Ashley Culver completed her MFA at York University and received her BFA from the University of Victoria. Culver has exhibited with Album Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery, Xchanges Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, and Garden Ave, and recently participated in an Independent Residency with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

St Marie and Walker, A(d)version, 2018.

St Marie and Walker: A(d)version

Through July 2018
Location: Open Sesame, 220 King Street West, Kitchener, ON (King Street windows)

A(d)version, St Marie and Walker’s Lèche Vitrine: Open Sesame Project Window installation, examines how advertising subversively exploits our “natural” aesthetic preferences and our instinct to take in all information available to us in a given moment. The work mimics the mechanics of advertising while questioning the relationships that sustain branding and capitalism. Lèche Vitrine is a collaboration between CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area and Open Sesame.

About the artist:

St Marie and Walker are artist-researchers investigating the applied nature of perception, belief, illusion, and value. They officially started collaborating in 2009 and became known for their outdoor urban interventions under the moniker Timeanddesire. Conceptualism, iterative creation, and public engagement intersect in their interdisciplinary practice.

Denise St Marie first inserted work into streetscapes as she pursued her BFA in visual arts at the University of Victoria, influenced by her study of psychology and sociology at McMaster. She also completed a B.Ed in visual arts at Western University. Timothy Walker specialized in philosophy at the University of Toronto , where he was selected for the Socrates Project during his final year. Both artists received MFAs from the University of Waterloo, and travelled to New York via UW’s Keith & Win Shantz International Research Fellowship in 2016. St Marie was awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant in 2016–17.

Lèche Vitrine is made possible with the support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.


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220 King Street West
Kitchener, ON N2G 1A9
Tuesday–Saturday: 11 am–6pm

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