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Amanda Rhodenizer: Works on Paper

Green Tarp by Amanda Rhodenizer, 2015 | photo: Brian Limoyo

October 31 – December 24, 2015

Inspired by the imperialist tradition of picturing Canadian land as “up for grabs,” Amanda Rhodenizer points to it as an ongoing part of Canada’s narrative of settlement and expansion. Her small oil paintings suggest failed versions of settlement: solitary figures perform unnamed and inadequate tasks; abandoned construction and gardening materials recall a manufactured domesticity. The source images for these landscapes were photographs from Canadian real-estate websites that advertised “empty lots.”

open sesame gallery wall | photo credit: Brian Limoyo

Through representations of the natural and the unnatural, everyday reality versus surrealism, and the familiar versus the anonymous, the artist “makes strange” our relationship with images of Canadian land for sale.

Rhodenizer, who received her MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2014, has exhibited her work at Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Mûr in Montréal, the Orillia Museum of Art & History, the Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax, and many other galleries and institutions.

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