(WINDSOR, ON) – Heather Carey is a London-based artist with a MFA from the University of Victoria. Her solo show, Semi-private Portholes, is currently installed in Artcite Gallery, at 109 University Avenue West, in Windsor, and will be on display until February 24.
Carey’s work is an exploration of spatial relationships and contradictions of experience, memory, and imagination. She paints spaces which are understandable, yet not necessarily possible. This series of work grew from the simple idea of presenting a painting within a painting or a sign within a sign, playing with two separate spaces integrated into one piece.
Carey has been exploring ideas of utopias/heterotopias, while referencing the local culture of consumerism, and working with the theme of desire through landscape painting and advertising.
Semi-private Portholes features several diptychs and triptychs of indoor/outdoor spaces separated by windows. They are institutional spaces which are public in theory but exclusive in function.
These panels reference the traditional function of paintings as windows to the world, but the space is cut up through the use of different panels. Advertising plays a role in both activating and creating barriers in these types of spaces as well.
Artcite will host a closing reception on February 24 at 7:00pm with the artist in attendance.