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Chris Flanagan, Sympathetic Magic (installation details), 2012, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.


Chris Flanagan: Sympathetic Magic

Curated by Crystal Mowry
March 17 - April 29, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 18, 2 – 5 pm | Remarks at 2:30 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 4 at 7 pm

Sympathetic Magic borrows its title from the notion of cargo cults and the idea of building replicas to effect a positive real-world outcome. KW|AG has invited Chris Flanagan to create new multi-media work in response to the City of Kitchener - a way of rousing curiosity and welcoming mischief during the city's 2012 centenary. Central to Flanagan's project is the questionable claim that Lou Reed's 1973 album "Berlin" was the catalyst for the German capital's revitalization. Is it too late for that other Berlin (now known as Kitchener) to simply follow the example of its former namesake?

Logically, if Lou Reed were able to do all that for the troubled German capital, enlisting him to record an ode to Kitchener should result in a dramatic and extremely positive outcome for the city, right? Flanagan hopes to lure Reed through a range of strategies including, but not limited to, the development of clandestine Kitchener-specific methods of exchange and a curious cargo-cult influenced installation.

Chris Flanagan is an Australian installation artist and DJ based in Toronto. His installation practice combines meticulous object-making with video, sound, and interactivity. He has worked on several site-specific projects which fabricate artifacts as a way of playfully reworking history. His reference points include political and pop culture, urban mythologies and an enormous vinyl record collection. His work has been shown in artist-run and public galleries across Australia and Canada. He recently launched a record label, Shella Records, to reissue lost Reggae gems.

Also on view:

March 17 - April 29, 2012

Expressions 37
and In|sight, the Gallery's annual celebration of student artwork from the Region of Waterloo.

March 12 – August 19, 2012

From There to Here
, guest curated by Michael Goudreault, is the fourth installment in a series of Community Curator projects that activate KW|AG's Permanent Collection. The project is supported by the J.P Bickell Foundation.



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