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Amanda Rhodenizer, Riverview Estates I, 2017. Oil and acrylic on Yupo paper mounted on wood panel.

Amanda Rhodenizer: The Larger Forgetting

October 26–December 23, 2018
Location: Open Sesame, 220 King Street West, Kitchener, ON
Reception: Friday, October 26, 2018, 6–8pm
Reading by Laurie D. Graham: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 2–3pm

Inspired by the rapidly changing landscape of Waterloo Region, The Larger Forgetting brings together work by painter Amanda Rhodenizer and poet Laurie D. Graham.

Made over the course of two years, Rhodenizer’s paintings are based on source material gathered from visits to sites of ongoing development around the outskirts of the region. The loose brushwork and neon under-painting depict empty construction sites and isolated figures in stylish condo units.

Graham’s lines of poetry hint at the sounds and sensations that come along with “breaking ground” for new developments, and what’s left in the quiet moments when the trucks turn off for the day. The brief nature of the lines and their imagery reflect land in states of flux and trauma.

These are the moments of transition that are shaping the land in Waterloo, its history fraught with colonial tension and its future uses still unknown. By drawing attention to these places and moments, can we somehow connect to the fleeting present reality of these sites?

About the artist:

Amanda Rhodenizer was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and is currently based in Waterloo, Ontario. Her paintings focus on tensions between people and places, exploring themes of home and permanence, invasiveness and transience. She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2006) and an MFA from the University of Waterloo (2014). Her work has recently been included in exhibitions at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Orillia Museum of Art & History, and Art Mûr. Solo exhibitions include Parallel Play at ARTsPLACE Artist-Run-Centre in Annapolis Royal, Attachment at the Rotunda Gallery and Works on Paper at Open Sesame, both in Kitchener. The paintings in The Larger Forgetting were made from May–June 2017, during her time as the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence in Scarborough, Ontario.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for their support.

About the poet:

Laurie D. Graham is the author of two books of poetry, Rove and Settler Education. She grew up outside Edmonton and currently lives in Peterborough, where she is a writer, an editor, and the publisher of Brick magazine. Graham's poetic work tracks the often deleterious effects of most non-Indigenous understandings of geography, ecology, settlement, and development. Her work has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Trillium Award for Poetry, and the CBC Poetry Prize.

Laurie D. Graham wishes to thank the Ontario Arts Council and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for their support of her work and this project.

Nicole Beno, Objects of Desire, 2018. Photo: Lauren Weinberg

Lèche Vitrine: Open Sesame Project Window—Nicole Beno: Objects of Desire

Through 2019
Reception: Friday, October 26, 2018, 6–8pm
Location: Open Sesame, 220 King Street West, Kitchener, ON (King Street windows)

Artist Statement:

"Objects of Desire shows a world, a composition, which has objects and things, where the viewer is unsure of what they are or what they do; abstract in form and function in their glossy, shiny state. They could act as a metaphor for consumerist culture, and how design/advertising industries can convince consumers to purchase things they don't need so well. The piece may also bring up nostalgia and affection already present in things and objects we collect, that we adorn/decorate/show affection to.

The creation of the piece came from finding inspiration in my own consumerist choices. Being attracted to objects for their sense of creating an immediate feeling of satisfaction, joy, pleasure. I went to IKEA and found this effect when purchasing useless vases, or going to the dollar store and purchasing things for their texture, like bouncy balls, slimy play-do, glitter pens...etc., etc.

The colour palette is created with a lo-fi/kitschy/dollar store feel mixed with high-fashion, consumer-culture inspiration. Gold, deep blues, lavender purples, and saturated colours combined with soft pastels and florals, feeling playful, but also geometric."

—Nicole Beno

About the artist

Nicole Beno is a graduate of the fine arts and communication studies program at the University of Windsor, and a graduate of the York University master of graphic design program in Toronto. She's worked on a number of art and fashion projects including look books, catalogues, murals and installations. In her free time, she likes to screen-print and get her hands dirty with paint.

Lèche Vitrine is a collaboration with CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area), 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: 11am–6pm

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