Opening reception Saturday January 28, 1pm
The Latcham Gallery is excited to present Anatomical Remix, a solo exhibition by Ottawa based Cindy Stelmackowich, January 28 – March 4, 2017 with an opening reception on Saturday 28 at 1pm.
Treading a line between the abject and the purely delightful, Cindy Stelmachowich brings to the Latcham Gallery a series of recently created sculptural works that incorporate dismembered mannequin limbs whose muscle, tendon and tissue are made from the rolled pages of old books. The effect is mesmerizing as one is repelled and compelled by the work at the same time. One the one hand we are confronted with sculptural renderings of cross-sections of body parts which generate a healthy dose of “ick factor” but on the other hand we are drawn in by the sheer beauty and artistry of Stelmackowich’s gently curling pink, red and burgundy pages that make up the muscles of these limbs. The specimens – as that is how they are presented – are arrayed casually around the Gallery and displayed on vintage medical gurneys and stands that suggest they are objects of study.
Stelmachowich’s interest in the history of biomedical science and the study of the human body arise from long standing interest in the human body as a site of fragility, mortality, beauty and memory. These interests inform all of her work in this exhibition and many of the rose-hued pages that make up her sculptures in fact come from historical medical texts. She says that she is “…Inspired by the bright colors on the edges of the pages of my growing collection of old medical books, I began working from the observation that the interior of the body was evident not only on the inside of the books through image and text, but also on the outsides of the book.” Also on view is a series titled “Biospecimens”, which are slices of books and pages that are pressed inside glass domes and/or scientific glassware and appear “as taxonomy of human body parts - allegories of human flesh.”
Anatomical Remix is an exhibition not to be missed. Stelmackowich takes as a subject what might be thought of as clinical or macabre and crafts artworks that ooze with beauty and thoughtful craftsmanship. She presents sculptures and wall works that will surprise and delight you while at the same time might just give you goose bumps. Anatomical Remix runs from January 28 to March 4, 2017. We will host an opening reception at 1 pm at the Gallery on Saturday January 28. It is a great opportunity to meet the artist and everyone is always welcome.
Originally from Melville Saskatchewan, Cindy Stelmackowich is an Ottawa-based artist, curator, and teacher. She has a BA and BFA from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts from Carleton University and a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Art from Binghamton University. She has exhibited across Canada in solo and group exhibitions and has received grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa. Her artworks are in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, The City of Ottawa, The Ottawa Art Gallery, York University, as well as corporate and private collections.