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Curiouser & Curiouser

Curiouser & Curiouser

Curiouser & Curiouser
February 7 – May 11, 2014

The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange. – G.K. Chesterton

Based on the delightful and somewhat whimsical artwork of Petrolia based artist Norman Barney, Curiouser & Curiouser, offers visitors a journey into the wonderfully bizarre world of the imagination. Barney, along with other likeminded artists including Jorden and David Doody, Dagmara Genda, Karine Giboulo, Catherine Heard, James Kirkpatrick, Ron Noganosh and Chris Stones, take delight in transforming found and recycled objects, creating works that are visually engaging and entertaining while at the same time examine some of society’s most complex and urgent social issues.

Curiouser & Curiouser offers an opportunity to experience art work by eight emerging artists from across Canada, all working in their own unique way with assemblage, collage and found objects. The exhibition will challenge your perceptions about what art can be and how it can function in the world.

The term curiouser and curiouser was first coined by Lewis Carol in his 1865 novel, Alice In Wonderland. Today, it is commonly used to express a feeling that you are seeing or experiencing something that doesn’t quite make sense, or that imparts a sense of wonder. The phrase implies being drawn further and further into some bizarre world where one is merely an observer into the odd imaginings of others. 

But don’t move on too quickly – linger a while and you will be drawn deeper and deeper into the work through the whimsy, humour and sheer odd-ness of it all, and you just might recognize something of yourself staring back at you.

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