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Sherry Czekus, Canadians Study 2, oil on canvas, 24" x 24", 2018.

"Sherry Czekus: Those Who Walk Between Us"

July 6–August 25, 2018
Location: Open Sesame, 220 King Street West, Kitchener, ON
Artist talk and reception: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6–8pm

Artist Statement:

Making my paintings begins with becoming part of a crowd as an everyday experience. I make my source images with my camera, on busy city sidewalks: capturing the urban crowd, its figurative gestures and intersections, and the spaces between its members. Painting, as a conceptual medium, simultaneously expands and collapses the moments I capture, creating an enriched site of knowledge about us as a collective. Straddling the boundaries of representation and abstraction, I allow the photographs to give way to the language of painting.

Just as flaneurism changed urban culture in nineteenth-century Europe, the social frontier online has changed our visual perceptions of crowds. The physical experience of a crowd is now continuously interrupted by the attraction of the online community that we can access any time through our handheld devices. It is this fleeting and fragmented sense of perception, specific to our time and circumstances, which poses problems in painting that I find worthy of investigation. These paintings take up the problem of presenting the crowd in an atmosphere that has yet to be determined in art.—Sherry Czekus

About the artist:

Sherry Czekus is a Canadian painter based in Waterloo, ON, who completed her MFA at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. She holds a BA in Fine Art with Studio Specialization from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has exhibited her work in private and public galleries in Canada and the U.S.


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Melika Hashemi, Shahmaran, 2018.

Lèche Vitrine: Open Sesame Project Window—Melika Hashemi: Shahmaran

Through September 2018
Location: Open Sesame, 220 King Street West, Kitchener, ON (King Street windows)

Artist Statement:

The #FleeingTheFolio series is a literal approach to "displacement." I insert characters from Persian miniatures into my photographs of Canadian sites, where their presence is reimagined. These characters consequently feel foreign in their new context: an experience lived daily by displaced persons.—Melika Hashemi

About the artist:

Melika Hashemi is a Canadian artist working primarily in photography, sculpture, and installation. Her work is informed by her understanding of a culture she has only experienced in hyphenated ways. Hashemi is represented by KAC (Katara Art Center) in Doha, Qatar.

Lèche Vitrine is a collaboration with CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area), made possible with the support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.


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Open Sesame
220 King Street West
Kitchener, ON N2G 1A9
Tuesday–Saturday: 11 am–6pm

Open Sesame is a partially accessible venue.

519-954-7722
info@opensesameshop.com
Facebook and Instagram: OpenSesameShop
Twitter: @OpenSesameKW
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CAFKA—Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area
519-744-5123
cafka.org

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