September 17, 2015
University of Waterloo Art Gallery, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario
Toronto-based artist Roula Partheniou makes remarkable sculptural replicas based on domestic items, construction materials and office supplies. Whether stacked, shelved or left leaning against the wall, the artist’s use of precise forms and a reductive colour palette elicits a double take that invites viewers to pause and reconsider how their initial reading of common visual cues can often be deceptive. Her work can be viewed in Gallery One, complemented by an exhibition by Kelly Mark in Gallery Two. Mark makes work informed by a keen interest in everyday observations, from compiling lists to channel-surfing to recombining common phrases. 108 Leyton Ave is perhaps her most personal work comprising a precisely synced video of the artist essentially playing cards and conversing with herself.
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