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The Impossible Blue Rose


  • University of Waterloo Art Gallery 263 Phillip Street Waterloo, ON, N2L 3W8 Canada (map)

THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE is an ambitious multidisciplinary video installation by Lisa Lipton. It follows the artist’s travels from the fictional town of Greysville across North America, to Los Angeles, Vancouver and beyond. Populated by recurring characters, personas, themes and motifs, and peppered with nostalgic pop references to the 80s and 90s, each chapter expands upon the narrative foundations of its predecessors. The installation is further augmented by a collection of costumes, props, furniture and souvenirs, that evoke the rebellious yearnings of young adulthood and underlying desire to reinvent oneself. The culmination of a multi-year performative project, THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE encapsulates the artist’s immersive work in video, theatre, dance, poetry, drumming, and sculpture. Documenting her extraordinary, absurd, and often poignant experiences amongst fellow travelers in search of belonging, we are invited to join the artist on an emotionally charged journey of self-discovery.

Lisa Lipton’s THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE is being presented in conjunction with her solo exhibition Chapter VI: Greysvillle currently on display at Hamilton Artists Inc. from September 8-October 27, 2018.

Earlier Event: September 8
AP NOW! Waterloo
Later Event: September 14
ADG Exhibition Opening