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.
Lisa Wood is a figurative-based artist whose practice encompasses painting, drawing, collage, installation and photography. In the last 5 years she has been creating paintings and drawings based on time-lapse photography of people at social occasions involving food and drink. She is interested in surveillance technology, the body, and eating in relation to social psychology. Lisa is an Assistant Professor at Brandon University in the Department of Visual and Aboriginal Art. She has an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the University of Manitoba, has been the recipient of many grants and awards, and exhibits her artwork nationally and internationally. Prior to teaching at Brandon University, Lisa worked in various roles in Winnipeg, including: Director at PLATFORM Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, Instructor at the University of Manitoba, and Program Coordinator at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA).