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inPROCESS: Marianne Burlew, Heidi Conrod, Molly Mask


WALL SPACE Gallery is pleased to announce inPROCESS, an exhibition featuring works by Marianne Burlew, Heidi Conrod and Molly Mask. Through painting, drawing, assemblage, collage and sculpture, each artist demonstrates a deep understanding of material and process.

By exposing the presence of the artist’s hand, Burlew, Conrod and Mask bring to the forefront a playful discussion of the substructures of thought. Moving away from any singular theme or hierarchy, these works allow for multiple entry points, readings and associations to develop. Bringing together a variety of pieces that focus on each artist’s creative gestures, inPROCESS highlights the complexities involved in the processes of conceptualizing and making. Embracing the tactility of their materials each artist operates as an interventionist, leaving distinct traces such as brushstrokes, lines, marks and folds. Viewers are invited to become part of the installation and encouraged to see the process of artistic creation, discovering the artists’ works through sight and touch.

WHEN:November 10th – December 4th, 2016

  • Vernissage: November 10th, 6:00-8:00 PM. Join us to toast the artists and raise funds for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs. Refreshments by Thyme and Again. A portion of the evening's sales will go to Candlelighters.net
  • Workshop: Touch/See, Sunday, November 27th, 2016. 2-4 PM

WHERE: WALL SPACE GALLERY, 358 Richmond Rd. Ottawa, ON K2A 0E8
WHY: Fundraiser for Candlelight Childhood Cancer Support Programs

Workshop: Touch/See - Sunday, November 27th, 2016. 2-4 PM During our inPROCESS exhibition we will be hosting a special, hands-on workshop at WALL SPACE Gallery. Participants will be provided with a variety of materials and encouraged to create their own artwork inspired by pieces in the gallery. All ages are welcome. Please RSVP to responses@wallspacegallery.ca before November 26th, 2016. Partial proceeds from sales will go to Candelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs.

Molly Mask, You, More, 6' x 4', Mixed media on canvas

Molly Mask, You, More, 6' x 4', Mixed media on canvas

MARIANNE BURLEW is an installation artist that focuses on themes of embodiment and the senses through video and sculpture. She recently received her MFA from the University of Waterloo where she completed internships with artists Saskia Olde Wolbers and Anne Hardy in London (UK) through the Keith and Win Shantz scholarship. Prior to her MFA, Burlew participated as an artist-in-residence in the textile studio at the Harbourfront Centre (Toronto) for two years. Since earning her BFA from York University in 2011, she has exhibited in galleries across southern Ontario. Her work is part of three private collections as well as the Fibre Art Collection of The Idea Exchange in Cambridge.

HEIDI CONROD is interested in the communicative power of painting and drawing. She aims to communicate how the mutability of material qualities can manifest themselves in images and how they can create an awareness of experience and sensation. As Conrod explains:

“The essence of the ideas expressed in my work is connected to the physical act of making them.  My drawings and paintings are imagined psychological landscapes, re-imaged responses to nature, memory and experiences.  I combine imagery taken from various sources and combine them in visual palimpsests, telling myself stories as I go along, suggesting yet not defining meaning.” – Heidi Conrod

Heidi Conrod was born in 1970 in Montreal.  She received her BSc. (Biology) from the University of Ottawa in 1993.  She studied printmaking and drawing at the Ottawa School of Art and completed her BFA at the University of Ottawa in 2012. She has had solo exhibitions in various art galleries across Canada and was the recipient of the Edmund and Isobel Ryan Visual Art Scholarship in Painting in 2012. Conrod was a finalist for the Jacquline Fry Scholarship in 2011. She currently lives in Ottawa and is a member of Enriched Bread Artists where she maintains a studio.

MOLLY MASK is a mixed media artist living and working in Ottawa. Her work is grounded in abstract painting and drawing and extends to installation and assemblage. Interested in craft and design, Mask uses quick, intuitive and bold gestures which are contrasted with delicate patterning and labored mark-making. Her pieces oscillate between very free explorations and carefully considered elements of line and colour.  Mask completed her BFA at the University of Ottawa in 2016.

Marianne Burlew, Touch Toys, 2014, mixed media (electrical wire, yarn), various dimensions.

Marianne Burlew, Touch Toys, 2014, mixed media (electrical wire, yarn), various dimensions.

Installation photos from inPROCESS.

Earlier Event: October 13
Patti Normand: Canadian Gothic
Later Event: November 27
WORKSHOP: Touch/See with inPROCESS