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Shared Pocket: Shannon Garden-Smith and M.E. Smit-Dicks

September 14 – October 28, 2018
Cambridge Art Galleries | Preston Gallery
Opening: Friday, September 14, 7:00pm

We had pockets. What lovely hoards I kept in them…a small sketch-book and a very large pocket-knife; beside string, nails, horse-chestnuts, lumps of sugar, bits of bread-and-butter, a pair of scissors, and many other useful objects.[1]

Bits and pieces preserved in plastic panes; foamy compound pressed through the veins of a sphere; moons made plush; selvedge edges adorning circles; a curtain, a wall, a window cut into and clung onto; mesh enclosing metal and cellophane; concrete suspended in textured fabric; stones embedded in holes; a shelf stuffed with pieces of the moon; a porous cactus brushed in silver; plaster held in nylon. In Shared Pocket, Shannon Garden-Smith and M.E. Smit-Dicks present new work, transforming Preston Gallery through a shared interest in the materiality of domestic space and abstracted forms of the body. Garden-Smith’s highly tactile, slow processes of making explore unproductiveness in order to imagine ways of doing/making/performing uncoupled from predetermined ends. Smit-Dicks works with reclaimed detritus and textiles, playing with texture, posture, and the often-mysterious materializations of surface and structure, image and medium, object and architecture, and this and that.

[1] Gwen Raverat quoted in Barbara Burman. “Pocketing the Difference: Gender and Pockets in Nineteenth-Century Britain.” Material Strategies: Dress and Gender in Historical Perspective, edited by Barbara Burman and Carole Turbin, Blackwell Publishing, 2003, pp. 77–99.

Image credit: M.E. Smit-Dicks and Shannon Garden-Smith, Shared Pocket (Study) overlaid on found image, NASA/JPL/University of Arizona


PRESTON GALLERY
435 King Street East, Cambridge, ON N3H 3N1
T: 519.653.3632
Mon – Thurs 12:00 – 8:30pm
Fri 12:00 – 5:30pm
Sat 9:30am – 5:30pm
Sun 1:00 – 5:00pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.
For more information, visit ideaexchange.org/art, call 519.621.0460, follow on Twitter or on Facebook.

Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange presents contemporary art, architecture and design from three galleries in the City of Cambridge: Design at Riverside, Preston, and Queen’s Square.

Media Contact
Cherie Fawcett
Gallery Assistant
Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON  N1S 2K6
519.621.0460 x160
cfawcett@ideaexchange.org
ideaexchange.org/art

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