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End of Daze
January 8 @ 12:00 am - January 22 @ 12:00 am

Still image from Vapor Mall, Samantha Noseworthy, video, 2018.

Artcite Inc. is pleased to present our first exhibition of 2021, ‘End of Daze’ curated by Imogen Clendinning. This virtual exhibition features work by artists Kiera Boult, Samantha Noseworthy and Rihkee Strapp. The site will launch through the Artcite website on January 8th, alongside a live Instagram event featuring End of Daze artist Rihkee Strapp and their collaborator Tejhler Leadbeater at 7pm (est).

The novel coronavirus has forever altered how we utilize media and digital spaces to form connections with one another and the outside world. Through the world wide web we access community, organizing, learning, healthcare, and justice organizations through GIFS, memes, astrology, and apocalyptic prophecies. The Internet is all things, it represents access, it is a circuit to another world. Our instantaneous dependence on the Internet follows on the heels of the world of dial-up, with it, triggering a nostalgia for the dot com utopias of the early 2000s. During this time, many were optimistic about the potential of the net as a means of connecting us. Since then, our collective relationship to the web has altered, revealing the destructive possibilities embedded online through access of information.

In End of Daze, Kiera Boult, Samantha Noseworthy and Rihkee Strapp engage with Y2K aesthetics, problematizing nostalgia and drawing from popular media in order to interrogate how the dominating culture has, and continues to, fall short. Their fascinations with pastness can be recognized in these artists’ works through their use of Y2K aesthetics and early Internet pixelated imagery. Their works borrow from infomercials, public access TV, video games, vaporwave & cult classics in order to consider how nostalgia and disillusionment can be co-opted to play a role in conversations about decolonization, race, identity and femininity.

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January 8 @ 12:00 am - January 22 @ 12:00 am

ON Canada