Adrienne Dagg, “Public Spaces” at Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte
A solo exhibition, June 2 – July 9, 2017
Vernissage/Meet the Artist: Saturday June 10, 3pm-6pm.
(With a performance by “The Fine Tuners” young violinists from Ottawa Suzuki Strings at 330pm!)
In this exciting new body of work, Adrienne Dagg deploys representational, figurative narratives to capture individuals and groups in explicitly public contexts. Her interest is in the dynamic energy of the urban sphere, a space where worlds collide. Drawing on her experiences in Canada’s two largest cities — Montreal, where she earned her BFA, and Toronto, where she currently lives — her work depicts people participating in a world beyond the boundaries of the self. Each painting is a scene carefully collaged and constructed by the artist. We see characters reveling, recording, rebelling; these actions bring individuals outside of themselves and into local, national, and global communities. Signs and signals litter the landscape of these paintings; sometimes exaggerated, these serve as symbols and markers of an ordering force that the subjects willfully, sometimes joyfully, ignore. By witnessing and being witnessed, the subjects conflate the boundaries of the personal and the public. Visually engaging and technically accomplished, Adrienne Dagg’s Public Spaces offers captivating glimpses of personhood in the confines of contemporary urban life.
About the Artist: Born in Toronto, Adrienne Dagg completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal in 2011. A recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Award for figurative art, her work has been exhibited in Toronto and Montreal, and is held in many private collections throughout Canada. In 2016, she completed an artist residency at Sachaqa Centro De Arte in Peru. She currently works from her studio in Toronto.