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The Closer Together Things Are

Artists: Kathleen Hearn, Ève K. Tremblay, Laura Letinsky, Micah Lexier & Dave Dyment, Micah Lexier & Roula Partheniou, Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, Luke Painter, Chris Kline, Roula Partheniou

University of Waterloo Art Gallery (September 14 – October 29, 2017); Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB (January 12 – February 21, 2018); Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS (April 7 – May 27, 2018); Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB (June 29 – September 2, 2018)

Co-Curated by Shannon Anderson and Jay Wilson

The Closer Together Things Are explores the space between difference and similarity that arises from intense observation and consideration. It focuses on the proximity of time, heredity, frottage, palette, concept and presentation. Under close scrutiny, the most mundane objects and situations can compel us, drawing our full attention. The more we look, the more variations surface; differences arise from things that once seemed identical, and sameness arises from things that once seemed unrelated. This exploration of nearness guides how the artworks interact with one another through proximity, mirroring, repetition and reinterpretation. Strange bedfellows are made and unforeseen connections arise. The Closer Together Things Are takes stock of how little we need to see in order to feel like we’ve seen these things before, only this time more clearly.

Publication: Publication with contributions by Shannon Anderson, Jay Wilson, Chris Kline, and Rhonda Weppler/Trevor Mahovsky is available through any of the hosting venues.