Opening Reception: Thursday May 16, 7:30PM
An art opening is a moment of celebration in the art community - an event to reconnect with peers and colleagues and an opportunity to socialize. In this project, Lisa Wood - Professor in the Visual and Aboriginal Art Department at Brandon University - exposes the underlying tension between the socially acceptable and socially awkward behavior that emerge from these events. Using time lapse photography, Wood captured the local art community during one of these openings from the perspective of the bar and snack table. From the resulting hundreds of source images, she created layered paintings on Mylar that look at the relationships and behaviors of the subjects. Throughout Wood's practice, she has been drawn to acts of eating and drinking because of the specific social expectations they evoke, as well as the contradictory nature of consuming food and drink in public - we eat and drink to be relaxed or soothed, yet we leave ourselves open to exposing pleasure and the grotesque.