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First Friday Red Deer: Mixed Media by Renu Mathew

Jan 06th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Selfies take over the world in Renu Mathew's exhibit!

Enter the digital age where it has become increasing popular to snap a 'selfie' of yourself and post it to a social media site. Our sense of privacy is changing and more of our lives are open to others. In her exhibit of mixed media work, paintings and figurative sculptures, Olds artist Renu Mathew presents the images that individuals have chosen to publicly portray of themselves, taken from Facebook, Twitter and the public domain of friends and acquaintances.

Renu has taken a look at "selfies" from another perspective. The artworks reflect her ideas of how people want others to see them 'in the moment' and how fleeting we think these images are. But the images have more permanency than we realize, and may have longer-term effects than we intend.

Renu Mathew's Artist Statement:

Photography is an increasingly, often overwhelming, medium for communication and self- expression in our social-media-saturated lives. Photographs' proliferation has resulted in their impermanence, fleeting moments transferred and exchanged through Snapchat, Facebook and similar platforms. However, these images don't ever really disappear but are stored or collected by other parties, with our tacit - but not necessarily considered - consent.

A parallel can be drawn to our relationship to supposedly disposable objects, which are actually not really disposed, their existence continuing as waste and residue. A relic of society.

In these works, I bring both concerns together within a material reality. I appropriated images, of friends and acquaintances, drawing from their social media presence. The images take on concrete form, and give pause for consideration. How do we see ourselves reflected in this ever expanding material?

Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present Selfies: Mixed Media by Renu Mathew which runs in the Kiwanis Gallery from December 29, 2016 to February 19, 2017. Our First Friday Red Deer is January 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments served. The artist will be in attendance.

For more information contact Diana Anderson, Coordinator at (403)348-2787, Monday to Wednesday, 9 am to 4:30 pm

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