The Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus is proud to present Standing on the Threshold, a series of works by Erika Dueck, on display from Friday February 24 to Saturday April 1st at the Ottawa School of Art’s Orleans Gallery located on the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre. On Sunday, March 19th, we are pleased to have Erika Dueck here in the gallery for an artist talk at the beginning of the reception, from 1 to 3pm. All welcome!
Erika Dueck’s exhibition Standing on the Threshold is made up of architectural sculptures that lure viewers into an alternate world filled with miniscule details, exploring how we perceive and interpret reality. The miniature scale is deceptive: It encourages the viewer to project themselves into the spaces, while preventing them from physically exploring the structures, creating an experience that alternates between absence and presence.
The two towers each contain a miniature hallway scene. When the viewer looks into the opening of the tower they see the scene as horizontal, as though the hallway extends into thin air, due to a mirror projection. Dueck is interested in how people physically explore a space both the occupied areas as well as the voids. There is also a free standing and wall mounted sculpture. As people peer into the sculptures they encounter paradoxical spaces that challenge perceptions.
These assembled rectangular foam core structures with the materials of architectural model there is a startling contradiction between the exterior structure and the interior space and detail. Our senses deceive us, but sometimes fantasy is more enticing then the truth.
Erika Dueck is a visual artist from Manitoba. In 2013 she was the National winner of the BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art competition and her work has been recognized nationally. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is in corporate and private collections.
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Ottawa School of Art Orleans campus Gallery located in the Shenkman Arts Centre
Free Reception. All Welcome! 245 Centrum Blvd. Orleans ON. K1E 0A1
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