Featured Art$Pay Artist
Urban Interactions - Eryn O’Neill
Window Gallery - 56 Regina St N
August 11 - September 3
Eryn O’Neill holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and recently completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo in 2018. Since graduating, Eryn worked for the Student Art Innovation Lab (S.A.I.L) a mobile public art initiative through the Department of Fine Art at the University of Waterloo. Eryn has attended the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency (2016), The Golden Foundation Artist Residency (2019) and has been invited to attend the Pouch Cove Residency in Newfoundland (2019-2020). Eryn would like to acknowledge the generous support from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, and Ontario Arts Council Project Grant and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.
The work for Urban Interactions is the result of months of repetitive outings, in all conditions, to gather enough information, visually and mentally, to create sensory charged paintings suggestive of a figure navigating a city. Eryn’s work explores her co-dependent relationship with running and art, and while she does not consider the running portion as carrying any artistic merit; it is a vital element in the process. The imagery she collects on her routes varies depending on the time of day, and location.What she ultimately decide to use as inspiration for a painting often reminds her of a pause in the run, a time when she was either forced to stop due to construction or a barrier, or when she pauses to take in the environment. These are not pre-planned and the resulting images are a personal mapping of the city.
Mary K. E. Murphy is an artist specializing in light, perception, and fragmentation. She received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Waterloo and within the past year has shown her work in Ontario. Murphy explores dimensions of light through printing on film, mixed media, inks, LEDs, photography, digital alteration, and any working platform that will allow for the exploration of visual depth. Most recently she has been producing work for backlit illumination which uses altered camera images printed on Duratrans, a form of backlit film that can be printed.
Each artwork is about time, transience, light, translucency, and fragmentation. Changing the visual permeability of things with ink and oil is one of the ways she explores visual tension. Mary works with the evolving relationship between things that can seem contradictory and alter visual depth, but can also feel like visual phenomena. Continually, she tries to create works that function as 'lucid obscurities'.
If you’re seeing a performance at Centre in the Square, you’ll be able to catch Mary’s work hanging in the lobby as part of our Art Rental Program!
Waterloo Moves - March 2nd 2019
As part of Waterloo Moves, we asked high school students from around the region to give us their unique perspectives of the theme. The segment featuring their photography provides an optimistic, playful, and beautiful view of our region.
Their photographs are acoompanied by DJ Ralf Wall.