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Coal­dale's 20th An­nual Coun­try Christ­mas Night of Lights took place Nov. 23 with young and old alike en­joy many of the evening’s ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the pa­rade.

Jen­nifer Rose Scia­r­rino's work looks at how we imag­ine fu­ture forms in the age of the An­thro­pocene and Rosa Aiello ex­am­ines stereo­types of fem­i­nin­ity from Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s short sto­ries.

The South­ern Al­berta Art Gallery (SAAG) presents Jen­nifer Rose Scia­r­rino: Ruf­fled Fol­li­cles and a Tan­gled Tongue and Rosa Aiello: The Co­quette, The Prude, new ex­hi­bi­tions on view Dec. 8, through Fe­bru­ary 17, 2019.

Jen­nifer Rose Scia­r­rino’s Ruf­fled Fol­li­cles and a Tan­gled Tongue fea­tures hand-carved stone sculp­tures and blown glass in or­ganic forms, with video work ex­plor­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween science fic­tion, fem­i­nism and the An­thro­pocene.

In the up­per gallery, Rosa Aiello’s The Co­quette, The Prude in­cludes a sound art­work of a train, echo­ing a nar­ra­tive be­tween stereo­typ­i­cal fig­ures in pho­tog­ra­phy.

Jen­nifer Rose Scia­r­rino's in­stal­la­tion is com­prised of blown glass and carved stone bear­ing the re­sem­blance of mi­cro­scopic cells of seeds, spores and bac­te­ria on a mag­ni­fied scale.

The sculp­tures are held in pre­car­i­ous po­si­tions by their steel ar­ma­tures, a like­ness to the ges­tures of tak­ing and re­ceiv­ing of such cel­lu­lar in­for­ma­tion.

An al­abaster dan­de­lion seed re­sem­bling a tongue, reaches to­wards a split glass ar­chaea that may re­mind us of a kid­ney.

As­pects of life are en­larged and en­tan­gled, cre­at­ing likely or un­com­mon re­la­tion­ships in the com­plex sys­tems of world­ing.

Jen­nifer Rose Scia­r­rino is a Toronto based artist work­ing in sculp­ture, video and in­stal­la­tion.

Her work con­sid­ers our cause/ ef­fect re­la­tion­ship with the liv­ing world as well as the un­der­ly­ing en­tan­gle­ment of the mi­cro and macro within na­ture and tech­nol­ogy.

The Co­quette, The Prude is Rosa Aiello’s solo ex­hi­bi­tion based on two of the sev­en­teen sto­ries from Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s Lit­tle Tales of Misog­yny. The ex­hi­bi­tion con­sists of a video (The Co­quette), a series of pho­to­graphic works (The Prude) and a sound in­stal­la­tion of a train that pe­ri­od­i­cally runs through both the nar­ra­tive of the video and the gallery space.

Rosa Aiello is an artist and­writer based be­tween Hamil­ton, On­tario and Ber­lin, Ger­many.

Her prac­tice takes many forms, most of­ten fic­tion, word games, CG an­i­ma­tion, live ac­tion, and sculp­ture.

Photo by Heather Cameron

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