Dis://connections, according to coordinator Kate Bradford, reflects on how technology impacts our lives, in how we communicate with one another, and how that can affect humanity as a whole. The show features six Emerge artists: Darby Arens, Carly Butler Verheyen, Mallory Donen, Julie Epp, Kendra Schellenberg, and Rachel Selinger. Opening night on Thursday, November 24 saw a full house, with viewers crowding around paintings, sculptures, and photographs, discussing the works on display with the artists. The works will be on display at the Reach Gallery until January 8.
Varied approaches to the theme punctuate the room with walls decorated in letters, or tall banners of overlaid images. A flesh-covered television haunts one corner, alongside a series of paintings and a collection of kaleidoscopic images followed by a series of photographs.
The show opened in conjunction with Emerge’s Art on Demand series, coordinated by Chantal New, featuring painters Chelsea Brown and Rachael Gingell. Themed on landscape, the works portray harsh minimalist horizons paired with rich photography.