Current Exhibit: when i die i will have loved everything

 

21 September to 17 November, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, 26 September from 7:00—8:30pm

 

In this exhibition, artists Angie Quick and Heather Verplanke examine how memory is preserved. Using a variety of media, including painting and miniatures, they approach memory as both a ruin and an object of salvation. On the one hand, Quick’s diaristic work expresses the ways that memory can perish with the passing of time; on the other hand, Verplanke’s model environments blend memory with fantasy as a means to prevent forgetting. Though they use the concept of memory differently, Quick and Verplanke are connected by their desire to negotiate past memories in the present moment before they fade again. “The moments of the past do not remain still,” Marcel Proust reminds us, “they retain in our memory the motion which drew them towards the future.” Here are intimate memories seen in other ways through other worlds, turned inside out, then put back together again. The result powerfully demonstrates how vulnerable memory can be.

About the Artists

Angie Quick (b. 1989) is a self-taught painter and poet working in London, Ontario, who is known for her large oil paintings exploring flesh in a manner both historical and contemporary. Her practice experiments with the nature of language and sensation in visual and performative contexts. She is the recipient of multiple awards and grants, including an emerging art grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is also including in several public and private collections.

Heather Verplanke (b. 1981) was born in Brantford, Ontario, and currently works in Port Dover, Ontario. She graduated from Sheridan College in 2004 with a degree in Technical Illustration. She spent several years illustrating industrial designs for a heavy machinery company based in Brantford. Verplanke currently teaches drawing and illustration at regional schools, public art galleries, and her personal studio. Most recently, she was an instructor of life drawing at the Lake Erie Arts Academy based in Port Dover.