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Laura Piasta, Artist’s Hair in Lillooet Lake

Laura Piasta, Artist’s Hair in Lillooet Lake (2015), video still [Access Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 28-Jan 30]

Laura Piasta: Sounding the Ultraviolet

Access Gallery
Vancouver BC – Nov 28, 2015-Jan 30, 2016

Laura Piasta, Bog Watercolour #4

Laura Piasta, Bog Watercolour #4 (2014), bog water and pigment on paper [Access Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 28-Jan 30]

Laura Piasta, Rock Bananas

Laura Piasta, Rock Bananas (2015), faux stone spray paint on hydro-stone [Access Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 28-Jan 30]

Laura Piasta is among an emergent group of artists born in the early 1980s whose curiosity for the natural world manifests itself beyond literal representations to include artworks that highlight the resonant properties of their materials. While some of these materials might be seen as magical, others qualify as banal. It is a testament to this generation of artists that many of them seem reluctant to distinguish between the two types.

Sounding the Ultraviolet covers a range of media. A notable work results from Piasta’s investigations into sound and its relationship to space. Into the Void: Acoustic Panels with Fringes (2014) is just that: acoustic panels, like those designed to manage sound in concert halls and recording studios, made of hand-loomed acoustic fabric (wool and silk). At the bottom of these panels are fringes that, as decoration, challenge the utilitarian nature of the panel and at the same time alter our audio (and visual) experience.

Also included are Bog Watercolours (2014), a series of bog water and pigment on paper paintings; The Study of Metal in Motion (2015), a video Piasta made with long-time collaborator Annika Rixen; and Rock Bananas (2015), a faux-stone-spray-paint-on-Hydrostone reorientation of what we think of when we think of bunches.

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Laura Piasta, The Study of Metal in Motion

Laura Piasta, The Study of Metal in Motion (2015), video still, collaborative video piece with Annika Rixen (The Invisible College) [Access Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 28-Jan 30]


 Sun, Nov 8, 2015