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Jan. 29, 2018
For Immediate Release

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University's Robert Langen Art Gallery is exhibiting Thicket, by prominent Canadian artist Penelope Stewart, until Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Thicket is comprised of three imaginary built landscapes, each presenting a narrative that speaks to sensorial encounters with the emotions of loss, separation, struggle, beauty and desire.

“I am thrilled to feature Thicket as our first exhibition of our winter term,” said Suzanne Luke, curator of the Langen Gallery. “Stewart’s clever and intriguing integration of beeswax, video and natural found objects has transformed the gallery into a magical space for discovery. The intricacies revealed throughout the works provoke viewers to rethink how we see and interact with the world around us.”

Based in Toronto, Penelope Stewart received a BFA from York University and an MFA from the State University of Buffalo, New York. Her multidisciplinary practice includes sculpture, photography and expansive site-specific installations that frequently include environmental themes. In 2017, Stewart was the artist-in-residence at the Medalta Museum, Medicine Hat, Alberta. She was also named the Nick Novak Fellow for 2017/18 at Open Studio, Toronto.

Members of the public are welcome to view the exhibition at the gallery, located in the Laurier library. A public closing reception will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 4-6 p.m.

To book a guided viewing, please contact Suzanne Luke at sluke@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x3801. Visit Laurier's website for more details about the exhibition and for information about the closing reception.

About the Robert Langen Art Gallery

The Robert Langen Art Gallery (RLAG) is Wilfrid Laurier University’s visual arts centre. Working with a wide range of internal and external partners, RLAG oversees art collections and policies across Laurier’s multi-campus milieu and organizes visual arts programming that expands learning beyond the classroom. RLAG’s central space in the Waterloo campus Library hosts four exhibitions per year by leading artists; ancillary exhibit spaces are devoted to the work of students, community members, and emerging professionals. RLAG also oversees the university art collection of more than 1,000 works, including pieces by Henry Moore, Woldemar Neufeld and other masters. RLAG frequently tours its pieces and exhibits to locations throughout the university and surrounding communities for the enjoyment and benefit of all.

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Media Contacts:

Suzanne Luke, Curator

Robert Langen Art Gallery

E: sluke@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3801

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3070

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