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WL Altman/Jessica Morgun
On view May 16–June 22, 2019

Join us for the Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16th, at 8pm
Panel Discussion: Friday, May 17, at PAVED Arts. Doors at 7pm, Panel at 7:30pm
Artist Mini-Residency: May 3-16, 2019
Curated by David LaRiviere, Artistic Director, PAVED Arts

Returning to the general theme of “perspective” deployed in the previous exhibition LINEs OF FLIGHT: from above, the subterranean approach calls upon connections that are concealed from prying eyes and therefore unfolding within the unconscious. Whereas land examined from areal perspectives immediately gives rise to the spectre of surveillance, underneath the surface we find microcosms, unexpected channels, hidden materials and points of contact. Saskatchewan-based artists Jessica Morgun and WL Altman will experiment and develop their underground work during a two-week production residency period at PAVED Arts, prior to the opening of LINEs OF FLIGHT: subterranean.

Artist WL Altman (Regina, SK) is developing an installation work that takes inspiration from quack grass, a rhizomatic weed-grass which is the bane of prairie farmers, gardeners, and lawn cultivators. It is also the target of Monsanto’s signature product line, “Roundup,” now owned by Bayer. Cultivating this wild weed in his studio, Altman will be mapping onto its multidirectional connections a live performance, and an audioscape and video configuration specific to the PAVED Arts main gallery space.

Saskatoon-based artist Jessica Morgun, will be creating a new work for the billboard space inspired by the encounters and critical discourse fostered during her residency at Murmur Land Studios field school in August of 2018. Morgun’s work and experimentation will focus on land-markings in Saskatchewan that have emerged over generations in the Caron Hills of Southern Saskatchewan. Morgun’s billboard project will change or evolve through the course of the exhibition.

Please join us at PAVED Arts on Friday, May 17th, at 7:30 for the Subterranean Panel Discussion. A question period will follow short presentations by both artists and the curator.

Artist Bios:
WL Altman is a composer, performer and interdisciplinary artist from Saskatchewan. His work includes concert music for instruments and voices with live and interactive technology, as well as immersive installations and performance art. He considers his present work as “expanded performance,” involving himself and the audience in a dynamic encounter with all creative elements: objects, ideas, media, as well as the past, the present, and future becomings. His music and art works have been presented across Canada, as well as the US, Mexico, UK, Europe and Japan.

Jessica Morgun is a practicing artist at home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she lives with her husband and two children. She holds a B.Ed, MA (Theological Studies), and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan.  Her work is inquiry-driven and informed by her background in education and theological studies. Through drawing, sculpture, performance and participatory gestures, her work considers the potency of objects and materials, and the role that memory and perception play in one’s construction of the real.

PAVED Arts would like to express our gratitude to Hunter Patrick Cannabis Ltd. for the loan of the grow light in WL Altman’s Installation.





Related Events:

Panel Discussion: Friday, May 17, at PAVED Arts. Doors at 7pm, Panel at 7:30pm

LINEs OF FLIGHT: from above (March 14–April 20, 2019) and LINEs OF FLIGHT: subterranean (May 16–June 22, 2019) will be the subject of a panel presentation by project curator David LaRiviere at the 12th Annual Deleuze and Guattari Studies Conference at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. (See for more information)