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Until October 28, AxeNéo7 presents the Continuum exhibition of multidisciplinary Kenneth Emig. This Toronto native has many strings to his bow, including a public art commission for the Eva-James community center in Ottawa, a series of dancing performances at national festivals, several years of experience in the audio design division. from Nortel, the establishment of the World Forum for Noise Ecology, an artist residency at the National Research Council of Canada, and more! This multifaceted baggage is easily discerned in its aesthetic practice, where sculpture, optics, dance, sound and technology collide for the pleasure of the spectator.
It goes without saying that the immense rooms of the Spinning admire the creator's installations admirably. Three rooms, so three assemblies which, at first glance, turned out straight out of a science fiction world. There is a certain coolness due to the industrial reference evoked by the preferred materials, among others the neon light tube, steel and reflective glass. The geometrical recall of the constructed objects also has something to do with it: it is indeed a "round" saucer, a "rectangular" window, a "cube" suspended. Their masterful size allows spontaneous awareness of the surrounding place and at the same time introduces the interaction between the work and its viewer. This one approaches, observes, moves back, circulates around the composition, in short, it plays with it of its body and its spirit.
Kenneth Emig's cube, 1998, mirror, fluorescent lights, steel, 100 cm x 100 cm x 100 cm.
Facing Cube, a closer investigation of the central prism leads to the discovery of an infinity of returned images thanks to a skilful game of mirror reflections. Amazing that such a simple structure could seem to contain so much! And in the room, even the window, usually caulked to the taste of the exhibiting artists, fits easily into the layout of the premises. As for Convergence, it is a satellite saucer with a shimmering surface that reproduces the true portrait of the one who contemplates only if he is placed at certain precise angles. The changing acoustics are also dominant, the ambient tones becoming more accentuated or fading with each step taken.
The sculptor's approach is empathetic towards an audience challenged to be moved by the space that surrounds it. The innovative man thus wishes "that visitors leave the gallery with a renewed curiosity that will accompany them in their daily lives". Obviously, it was successful.
Ah yes!… It should be mentioned that Emig is part of the Enriched Bread Artists Center, located in the Little Italy district of Ottawa, which opens its doors to everyone for the 15th consecutive year starting on October 18. His studio is also a place to discover!
Until October 28
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