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Miruna Dragan, When We Stand On The Threshold Between Two Worlds, Our Soul Is Engulfed With Dreams (Cave)

Miruna Dragan, When We Stand On The Threshold Between Two Worlds, Our Soul Is Engulfed With Dreams (Cave), detail (2014), double-sided lightbox: photo transparency, white & RGB LEDs, walnut frame [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, Dec 3-Feb 5] Image courtesy of the artist

Miruna Dragan: Another Name for Everywhere

Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Lethbridge AB – Dec 3, 2016-Feb 5, 2017

Miruna Dragan, The Vale of Avernus

Miruna Dragan, The Vale of Avernus (2015), digital print on metallic paper with kirigami [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, Dec 3-Feb 5] Image courtesy of the artist

Post-Conceptual artists come from a variety of disciplines. Some, such as Vancouver photo-based artist Ian Wallace, began as a painter before obtaining a graduate degree in Art History. Others, such as Montreal’s Vikky Alexander, studied photography and continues to explore that medium, sometimes through sculpture. Though her most recent work is lens-based, Calgary’s Miruna Dragan holds an MFA in Painting/Printmaking and is an Associate Professor, Drawing at the Alberta College of Art.

For her current exhibition, Dragan has produced a series of site-responsive works that mine “the liminal spaces between seemingly opposite conditions.” In the double-sided light box When We Stand On the Threshold Between Two Worlds, Our Soul Is Engulfed With Dreams (Sea) (2016), the artist gives us a day-for-night body of water with the rainbow colours of an oil slick montaged upon it. In another work from that series, (Cave) (2014), she opts for a lurid, though brighter, intervention that questions the difference between focus and blur.

As a style, Post-Conceptual photography is often noted for a restraint that links it to its idea-based, documentarian predecessor. In Dragan’s work, however, the sensations evoked belong less to the uncanny worlds of Jeff Wall and Gregory Crewdson than they do to the de-peopled metaphysical landscapes of Sylvia Plachy or Caspar David Friedrich.

Michael Turner

Miruna Dragan, When We Stand On The Threshold Between Two Worlds, Our Soul Is Engulfed With Dreams (Sea)

Miruna Dragan, When We Stand On The Threshold Between Two Worlds, Our Soul Is Engulfed With Dreams (Sea), detail (2014), double-sided lightbox: photo transparency, white & CMY LEDs, walnut frame [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, Dec 3-Feb 5] Image courtesy of the artist


 Sun, Nov 6, 2016