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5 Apr 1997 – 11 May 1997
Frances Dorsey. Dragon's Teeth 1994. Pieced fabric, dyes, resists, photo-silkscreen. 2.7m x 3.96m x 8cm. MSVU collection. Purchase, 1999.
Building on performance themes explored in previous exhibitions, Image Rites was composed of works by artists whose ritualized production processes and presentation strategies intensify the terms of viewer engagement. Rhythm, repetition and the ceremonial framing of pictorial motifs presented content as enacted, rather than simply represented. Through the inclusion of paintings by Jane Ash Poitras (Chipewyan, Edmonton), the exhibition brought a new critical context to works by Nova Scotians Charlie Murphy and Frances Dorsey.
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