The Harder Softer Side

JasmineReimer(Highlight)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If you like sculpture, you’re definitely in your glory in Regina this month. As I blogged previously, there’s exhibitions on display at the MacKenzie Gallery and Art Gallery of Regina courtesy of Troy Coulterman and Sean Whalley respectively. And on Saturday, Sept. 13 there’s another exhibition of sculpture opening at the Dunlop’s Sherwood Village Gallery location.

The Harder Softer Side features work by former Saskatchewan resident Jasmine Reimer, who is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Guelph.

As you can see from the above photo (the work is called Highlight [2013]), a key part of Reimer’s practice is found household objects. That recalls a tradition in art dating back to Marcel Duchamp’s readymades in the early 20th century which called into question the notion of what, exactly, qualifies as art, and the process we have in our culture of venerating acclaimed works as precious art objects.

Reimer’s sculptures go beyond readymades, though. She’s also in the habit of repurposing the objects and making other interventions that disrupt their functionality and their associated status as commodities in our capitalist economy.

If you’re interested in finding out more about The Harder Softer Side Reimer will be giving an artist talk at the Sherwood Village Gallery on Saturday at 1 p.m. The talk will be followed by a reception, and the exhibition will run until Nov. 26.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your puny human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.