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Southern Alberta Art Gallery: There Are No Walls, Only Shimmering Membranes | Morgan Melenka
An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 12, 2021
Southern Alberta Art Gallery: THERE ARE NO WALLS, ONLY SHIMMERING MEMBRANES | MORGAN MELENKA
July 3, to Sept 12, 2021
Morgan Melenka’s intervention into the architecture of the Art Library uses Formica-clad columns, mirrors and a printed floor pattern to contemplate the simulations of our built environments. Formica laminates used in countertops and cabinets are created when sheets of kraft paper are injected with resin and cured. Formica is a hardened, printed image able to take the appearance of materials we consider strong or valuable. The revelation that the sturdy maple present in our interiors is actually a flimsy printed image becomes an unsettling glimpse into the simulations of our everyday environments.
There are No Walls, Only Shimmering Membranes uses different editions of Formica, adhered to a line of column-shaped cutouts. The column as an architectural element has its own sense of self-importance. Their use in Neo-Classical architecture associated them with an austere, rational grandeur that continues to proliferate through suburban porches and garden centres. Like a stage-set, the columns fool viewers from a distance. They appear to be stone supports holding up the weight above them but like other decorative architecture, their functional and material trickery is revealed up-close.
We invite the community to visit us during Gallery Hours, now through to September 12, 2021:
Thursdays | Noon to 7 PM
Fridays | 11 AM to 5 PM
Saturdays | 11 AM to 5 PM
Sundays | 1 to 5 PM