Randy & Friends
Subjective Looks at Selected Objects
Christine Cosby, Rob Elliott, Ernest Harris Jr. & Melanie MacDonald
Opening Reception Saturday 18 April at 7PM
On display until Friday 1 May 2015
Ours is a world of stuff. We admire it, collect it, hoard it, and cast it off.
Four artists (Christine Cosby, Rob Elliott, Ernest Harris Jr. and Melanie MacDonald) have made art to give pause for thought about our world of stuff. Meeting around a St. Catharines kitchen table back in January, they selected five objects from an assorted pile of favourite things. Each artist set off to make art inspired by these objects, creating at least four artistic responses to each item.
Settling on animal-themed stuff, four curious objects have inspired this exhibit: an otter-topped statuette with “RANDY” stamped on its base, a plastic honey-bear squeeze bottle, a handful of fishing lures, hen-shaped egg cups from the former East Germany, and a rabbit puppet head still in decades-old shrink wrap.
For the past four months, they’ve worked on paintings, drawings, watercolours, and assemblages, sharing photos of their work as it progressed and talking about what they were doing.
Entitled Randy & Friends, the exhibit offered a unique opportunity for the artists to surprise and challenge one another, and to make work that pushes in new creative directions, both in terms of subject matter and technique.
A dense and colourful riot of creative energy, Randy & Friends features the original objects alongside the multiple artistic products inspired by them. Melanie MacDonald made breakfast, served soft-boiled eggs in the egg cups, then photographed and painted the scene as a monumental landscape. Ernest Harris Jr. has painted formal watercolour studies of each of the objects. Christine Cosby and Rob Elliott have invented a 40-year history of the rabbit puppet head and have designed a parody of big museum celebrity retrospectives, complete with costumes and timeline. A pair of oversized textile fishing lures also will hang in the gallery.