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Artist plays with perspective in new installation at Laurier
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Jan 2/13| For Immediate Release
Suzanne Luke, Curator
Kevin Crowley, Director
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery presents an installation by artist Lynne Heller in an exhibition titled Slippage, running from Jan. 9 to Feb. 16, 2013.
Slippage is a site-specific installation that subverts the traditional space of the gallery with work viewers can walk on and touch. Heller’s sculptural floor cloths incorporate digital photo manipulation, superimposed images, and painterly markings.
“As if spilling out from burst seams, motifs of smoke, shadow, patterned tile, flora and delicate compositions of street debris not only cover the ground but slip up the walls, enveloping the viewer,” said Heller in a statement.
By integrating a diverse combination of visual narratives and techniques, Heller creates an immersive environment in which viewers are challenged to observe and experience from new perspectives.
Heller is a Canadian post-disciplinary artist and educator. Her interests encompass material culture, new media, performative interaction, graphic novels and sculptural installation. Her work has been included in both public and private collections and her reviews include Art Papers, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Art, Fiberarts, The National Post and The Hamilton Spectator. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Heller completed her MFA at the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and is currently undertaking a doctoral program at University College Dublin. She is a sessional teacher at OCAD University.
The Robert Langen Art Gallery has played a vital role at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus since it opened in 1989. As Laurier’s visual arts centre, the Robert Langen Art Gallery provides knowledge, stewardship, appreciation and enjoyment of Canadian art and culture to members of the Laurier community and beyond. The gallery’s annual programming complements concepts and theories in Laurier’s academic curriculum and integrates community outreach initiatives as related to the visual arts.