Unique exhibits open tonight at SAAG

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The South­ern Al­berta Art Gallery has two artists to show­case their unique exhibits tonight start­ing at 8 p.m.

Sculp­tor and me­dia artist Jen­nifer Rose Scia­r­rino’s art con­sists of works on how we imag­ine fu­ture forms in the age of An­thro­pocene. Dig­i­tal me­dia artist and pho­tog­ra­pher Rosa Aiello ex­am­ines stereo­types of fem­i­n­ity based on two of Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s short sto­ries in “Lit­tle Tales of Misog­yny” in her ex­hibit.

Scia­r­rino’s ex­hibit is called “Ruf­fled Fol­li­cles” and “A Tan­gled Tongue.”

It is a body of work but of two sep­a­rate pieces. In­stal­la­tion com­prised of steel, brass, al­abaster and glass called “Root to Lip.” They are props used for an HD video loop called “Ves­sels for Co­a­les­cence” that also has a sculp­ture essence which will be pre­sented dur­ing Scia­r­rino’s ex­hibit.

She has never shown this par­tic­u­lar work be­fore as it is the new­est it­er­a­tion of it. She hopes peo­ple will en­hance their cu­rios­ity when see­ing her work.

“To push for­ward and look more into think­ing about ways of see­ing how tan­gled hu­man be­ings are to na­ture and the rest of the world,” said Scia­r­rino.

For Aiello, she is show­ing three works in­clud­ing a film piece (“The Co­quette”), pho­to­graphic works (“The Prude”), and a sound in­stal­la­tion of a train which is an ex­ten­sion of “The Co­quette.”

Her aim was to try to ac­cess the mul­ti­ple di­men­sions of how an ab­stract con­cept comes into be­ing.

“What I’m try­ing to en­cour­age in a viewer, and is im­por­tant to me, is to ques­tion their as­sump­tions at ev­ery point,” said Aiello.

Both artists also have book projects that are hand­made made by Pub­li­ca­tions Stu­dios Guelph (in On­tario) that go with their exhibits but only Aiello’s will be avail­able for view­ing dur­ing her ex­hibit.

The cat­a­logue for Aiello’s ex­hi­bi­tion is a se­lec­tion of fic­tion and po­etry works that’s bound and made by pub­lisher and book­maker Steph Yates from PS Guelph.

Yates helped to cre­ate Aiello’s book that is a short ex­per­i­men­tal fic­tion piece and three poems.

“Print on de­mand is an ap­proach that al­lows the pub­lisher to work with artists and writ­ers we ad­mire with­out a large risk,” said Yates. “Even if the book is ex­per­i­men­tal or strange and maybe won’t find a large au­di­ence, we strive to con­nect it with an au­di­ence.”

Kristy Trinier, SAAG ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said the books are re­pro­duced and made with file fold­ers, reg­u­lar pa­per and stamps.

“It’s re­ally amaz­ing to have a spe­cial, unique pub­li­ca­tion made just for the ex­hi­bi­tion,” said Trinier.

For those in­ter­ested in book­mak­ing, Yates will be run­ning a work­shop at 12 p.m. on Sun­day at the SAAG.

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Her­ald photo by Ian Martens

Artist Rosa Aiello and Jen­nifer Rose Scia­r­rino have been busy un­pack­ing their art as they pre­pare for the open­ing of their exhibits to­day at the South­ern Al­berta Art Gallery. @IMarten­sHer­ald

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