Poster design: Benjamin Nelson and Vincent Perez.

Small prints, photographs, poetry and drawings complicating our perception and our minds in this, our summer of love.

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Visi>Cue-Cue:

our semi-literate summer love child

August 1-30, 2009

Canteen Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada​

Gjen Snider (Jenn Snider Cruise), Guest Curator

​Kari Cwynar (Ottawa), Lauren Marsden (San Francisco), Julia Mensink (Toronto), Benjamin Nelson (Kingston), Vincent Perez (Halifax), Tim Rechner (Edmonton), Melinda Richka (Kingston), Lisa Visser (Kingston), Sean Moreland (North Bay).​



Readings by Jamie Bradley, Christine McNair, Jessica Ruano (all Ottawa), and ​Sean Moreland. 

 

Small prints, photographs, poetry and drawings complicating our perception and our minds in this, our summer of love.


Accompanying these pieces will be readings responding to the theme “Summer of Love,” featuring the poetry of locals Jamie Bradley, Christine McNair, Jessica Ruano and exhibitor Sean Moreland.
 

Artists on display include Kari Cwynar (Ottawa), Lauren Marsden (San Francisco), Julia Mensink (Toronto), Ben Nelson (Kingston), Vincent Perez (Halifax), Tim Rechner (Edmonton), Melinda Richka (Kingston), Lisa Visser (Toronto) and Sean Moreland (North Bay).

Riffing on historical and cultural cues that permeate our readings of the visual symbols that surround us, Visi>Cue-Cue plays off/pulls off the interpretations, new meanings, understandings and applications of the phrase ‘Summer of Love’.

 

The title is a blending of two terms from the digital and performance milieus that relate to distracted meaning: Visi, taken from Visi-Mode – a word used to describe an attitude of semi-conscious awareness used by online chatters/social networking site regulars to indicate availability and level of interest, and; Cue-Cue from Cue-to-Cue, the term used by Stage Managers to describe the technique in which actors jump from one cue to the next, skipping the dialogue in between.


Visual media is inbred with inherited cultural texture and erudite influence. The image, the drawing, the photograph, the painting are subject to the consequences of this bond. The artists in this group exhibition, not asked consider their own dynamic influences, have instead responded with work filled with more symbols, more questions, and more distillations to feed our confusion, our habitual conflation, a.k.a. our semi-literate state.

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