Interurbanicity: Commerce

Donna Akrey
Third Space Vitrine
40 Charlotte Street
December 6, 2008– January 25, 2009
Celebrate the GALLERY HOP Saturday, December 6 12noon – 6pm
Third Space Gallery is pleased to present Interurbanicity, a series of exhibitions that take the city as source material. The second exhibition in the series, Commerce, is a series of sculptures and video called Loonieland and Stock, by Montreal-based visual artist Donna Akrey.
Loonieland is comprised of seemingly mass-produced sculptures and a looped video of a hand reaching towards products on the shelves of a discount store. The hand reaches out to take but never does. Over and over the hand reaches and comes back empty.
It is a futile gesture and it is endless. The video is presented as a small rear-screen projection inside the window space, playing 24/7. Surrounding the video are display shelves with composite sculptures made from dollar store products verging on the surreal.
Stock is comprised of altered grocery store products that are arranged on display shelves to read like poetry, prose or haiku. The shelves will mimic those commonly found in grocery stores, built to fit the space. Both works respond to the ambiguous relationship we have with consumer culture. Akrey playfully teases out the relationships between the obsessive urge to shop with banal products that speak to us as if some kind of Oracle.
Third Space Gallery received a Canada Council project grant for Interurbanicity, and receives funding from the NB Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport. The gallery thanks its’ members and volunteers, as well as ongoing support from Punch Productions, The University of New Brunswick and the Telegraph Journal.
Third Space Vitrine
40 Charlotte Street
December 6, 2008– January 25, 2009
Contact Coordinator John Marshall 506-696-0862 for more information.
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