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Orchid Mantis


  • University of Waterloo Art Gallery 263 Phillip St Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada (map)

November 8–December 15, 2018

Opening reception: Thurs, Nov 8 from 5:00–8:00 PM, ECH 1239 Exhibition Tour: Thurs, Nov 15, 7:00–9:00 PM, ECH 1239

Katie Bethune-Leamen
Orchid mantis. Tom Selleck.
Hats. (Gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover.)
Also hats.

Katie Bethune-Leamen’s new work continues her preoccupation with the presence and resonance of objects. Combining amorphous, blobbily glazed porcelain forms with gaunt, steel supports, and a maelstrom of orbiting imagery and elements—high-crowned hats, irregular neon light lines, digitally printed silk yardage, vintage movie posters, found objects, hairclips, dangling lumpen pearls, pretty insects, gaudy framing devices, sheets of coloured latex—Bethune-Leamen’s installations form conversations between ambiguous objects that elide language yet remain firmly grounded in the material world. Paralleling the evocative title—Orchid mantis. Tom Selleck. Hats. (Gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover.) Also hats.—the artist pieces together and organizes seemingly irreconcilable elements in a choreography of objects that intersect and merge on intuitive, metaphorical, and expressive levels.

The artist acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Earlier Event: October 31
The Changing Face of Waterloo Region
Later Event: November 8
Dental Dam