an intimate index

Audrey Hansen, Ramolen Laruan, Paula McLean

Images (left to right): Audrey Hansen, Heritage photo series 7, 2021, digitally altered newspaper clipping. Image courtesy of the artist; Ramolen Laruan, that could dream about a thought, 2020, bleached salvaged denim, 10 x 18 feet. Photo: Alison Postma; Paula McLean, Fissure, 2021, resin, mirror and inkjet photos, 12 x 8 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Latcham Art Centre launches an intimate index, featuring artwork by Audrey Hansen, Ramolen Laruan and Paula McLean. The exhibition is on view from Friday, July 8, through Saturday, August 27, 2022. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 8, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Artists in attendance. Light refreshments. All welcome, admission free.

In early 2022, Latcham Art Centre released a call for submissions inviting artists 30 years old and under to submit works to be considered for a small group exhibition. From this call, an intimate index was created, providing space for artistic voices of a new generation.

How reliable are the memories we hold within us, and what can be found in their gaps? Within this multidisciplinary exhibition, artists Audrey Hansen, Ramolen Laruan and Paula McLean acknowledge the incomplete and fragmentary nature of memories, seeing their gaps as fruitful places where new meaning can be made. Hansen uses documents of a performance to memorialize a childhood friend and look into a hypothetical future. With her own experience of migration and family history weaving into her art practice, Laruan uses reclaimed denim to address ideas of translation and transformation via gaps in memory. McLean combines altered photographs, found personal effects and resin to physically solidify elements of memory that would otherwise be fleeting and ephemeral. Together, the artists draw on intimate memories to begin conversations about diaspora, community, loss and the ways we make meaning from the world around us.

This exhibition is supported by the Whitchurch-Stouffville Legacy Fund. Latcham Art Centre also gratefully acknowledges the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of this exhibition.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Remarks will begin at 7:30 PM.

About the artists:

Audrey Hansen is an emerging artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto. They work primarily in watercolour, acrylic, and digital and lens-based media. In 2020, they assisted artist Elizabeth Jackson Hall with a public mural in Baby Point, Toronto. In 2021, Hansen was awarded two regional silver keys in the Scholastic Arts & Writing contest for her works February 8th and Three Faces. The artist would like to acknowledge the Etobicoke School of the Arts as a key supporter.

Ramolen Laruan is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores ideas of displacement and migration, politics of knowledge, memory work and failure tactics through sculpture, collage, print, textile, installation, moving image and sound. Working from their intersectional position as a Filipino-Canadian immigrant woman, they use family photos, oral histories, popular cultural productions, and domestic work to examine and offer other possible notions of remembering and collecting. Laruan holds a Bachelors of Fine Art from Queen’s University, and a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario. They have received support from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, and have exhibited throughout Ontario. Select exhibitions include a low and slow stroll as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto (2022); Double-Edged at Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto (2022); still, unfolding at Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto (2020); Precarious Joy at Hearth Garage, Toronto (2021); and As the snail takes its shape at The Plumb, Toronto (2020). In 2021, Laruan participated in R.A.R.O, an itinerant artists-in-residence program in Barcelona, Spain.

Paula McLean is an interdisciplinary artist whose current practice focuses on metacognition – the awareness of one’s own thought processes – with particular interest in how experiences can be translated or transformed into a record or memory of this experience. They hold a Bachelors of Fine Art from Concordia University, Montreal, and a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Waterloo, where they were the recipient of a Shantz International Scholarship. They have received support from the Ontario Arts Council, and have participated in residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto) and the NES Residency (Skagastrond, Iceland). McLean has exhibited their work in Ontario, Quebec and abroad, including Re/flex at Patel Brown Gallery, Toronto (2022); Faces and Places, Dodomu Gallery, New York (2021); Tiny Things, Wavelength Space, Chattanooga, Tennessee (2021); Reliant Devices, The Plumb, Toronto (2020); and Fresh Paint / New Constructions, Art Mûr, Montreal (2018), among others.

About Latcham Art Centre:

Latcham Art Centre is a public art gallery that inspires the community to engage with arts and culture through dedicated exhibitions of contemporary art that reflect a range of artistic media and the cultural diversity of our province. Latcham Art Centre offers vibrant education programs that cultivate creativity and experimentation through classes, workshops, artist talks, and tours. Latcham Art Centre is located in Stouffville, Ontario, 45 minutes northeast of Toronto with free parking and is accessible via GO Transit. The Gallery is open to the public and admission is free.

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Gallery Hours as of July 2022:
Monday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: Closed

For more information please contact:
Tyler Durbano, Curator
Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art Centre
2 Park Drive
Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1
T: 905-540-8964
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