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
Orchid mantis. Tom Selleck.
Hats. (Gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover.)
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.