Inside Passage is an exhibition in the Media Gallery that explores memory, absence, and time. Artist Karen Trask’s interest in the changing nature of language and her use of hundreds of dictionaries creates a sculptural and conceptual poetic experience.
Trask has exhibited her work across Canada and Europe. She received her MFA from Concordia University in 1999.
Curated by Rae Staseson, the exhibition features a ball, a boat and a map of the world: three sculptural works made from tiny bits of paper and a hundred or so dictionaries. The ball, installed at hand level and available to the viewer for holding, is made of a paper thread spun from all the pages of one complete dictionary, Le Petit Larousse Illustré 1973. An assortment of dictionary covers bolted together outline the prow of a boat. Its cargo, composed of long strands of dictionary pages spun into paper threads, spills out onto the gallery floor. Tiny bits of paper and printed letters from various scripts and alphabets are collaged together to form two maps of the world, one the continents, the other the oceans.
What: Vernissage for Inside Passage
When: Thursday, September 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Media Gallery, Room CJ-1.419, Communication Studies and Journalism Building, Loyola Campus (7141 Sherbrooke St. W.)
The exhibition runs from September 28 until December 7, 2012.
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Fridays from 9 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Department of Communication Studies.
For information, call 514-848-2424, ext. 2555.
• Department of Communication Studies
• Karen Trask's site
• Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies
• Faculty of Arts and Science