Opening Reception with Jenna Faye Powell on Saturday, April 6 from 2-4pm
Our middle gallery exhibition for the month of April features new works on paper by Jenna Faye Powell. Through the intricate work, Powell explores the role of fiction in our lives by treating perception as a form of artistic composition.
“Overnight Wisdom” presents survivalist tableau’s, designed to pivot between the world as it is and as it could be. Between the certainty of the status quo and the precariousness of envisioning what part ‘future us’ might play in the sci-fi story of society’s future. Steeped in a dizzying, otherworldly ether, works in this exhibit attempt to reconcile the newness with the familiar — as psychological messages of ‘story not found’ are returned.
Jenna Faye Powell is an artist, writer, and arts administrator based in Toronto. Powell has a MFA degree from NSCAD University (2012) and a BFA degree from University of Western Ontario (2009). Powell continues to exhibit nationally — notably Brave New Worlds at Museum London, the Windsor-Essex Triennial at the Art Gallery of Windsor, and Blue Monday at Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Powell was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Painting Competition, and recently completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre.
Deeply rooted in fiction and narrative, Jenna Faye Powell’s practice champions the view that humans are natural storytellers, cognitively wired to understand and make meaning out of experience by narrating it. Powell frequently looks to the fantastical, not to escape reality, but to be further engaged with it. Her artistic endeavors seek to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, frequently confronting cynicism with a cartoonish devotion to optimistic pursuits.