An installation in THE VAULT at BOLA 20 Simcoe St N Oshawa ON May 1 - 31 2011
OSHAWA – acrylic collage on recycled Styrofoam
In response to media coverage on financial collapses, corporate bailouts and the widening gap between rich and poor, Rodgers has produced over one hundred small paintings which will be installed in a former bank vault in downtown Oshawa.
Each piece is painted and/or collaged on cleaned, reused Styrofoam food trays, collected through diligently annoying all possible suppliers. The materials speak to issues of commodification and an Arte Poverasensibility, and in this context the series is a continuation of earlier work using silt cloth panels retrieved from demolition sites.
with Laura Hair, Holly McClellan, Janice Prebble, Margaret Rodgers, Sally Thurlow and Wendy Wallace
20 Simcoe St N Oshawa ON L1G 4R8
August 5 - 31 2011
OPENING Friday August 5, 6 - 9 pm
OSHAWA – various media
Painting, photography, mixed media and installation works by IRIS members will be on exhibit in the BOLA store in downtown Oshawa for the month of August. Along with artworks by individual members, are collaborative installations that invite viewer involvement.
CON-TENT created by Thurlow and Rodgers in the early 1990s is a serene enclosure where visitors may simply visit or write contributions to an ongoing journal project titled WOMEN in ….
Another IRIS collaboration is titled SECRETS AND LIES, WISHES AND DREAMS where one loonie will purchase a treasure from a custom equipped vending machine. Come and check it out!
Based in Durham Region, IRIS was formed in 1996 as a forum whose aim is to raise levels of access for women in the arts, to share ideas and offer mutual support. As IRIS, members have presented events and exhibitions together in Oshawa, Cobourg, Mexico, Saranac Lake NY, Minden, Toronto, Peterborough and Edmonton.
BOLA is housed in 20 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa Ontario, an early 20C building whose historic use includes a bank and jeweler.