THE RUMPUS ROOM
Megan Dyck, Paola Savasta, and Carley F. Smith
The Main Gallery . October 22 – November 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22, from 7 pm – 10 pm
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St, Edmonton
There is a roundtable where logic and intuition come to meet. They are good partners in crime, but rarely come to an exclusive agreement — toying with the maturation of the object at stake, they are constantly in flux between the two and three-dimensional realms. It’s a yo-yo, a game of sorts, a process of making. The Rumpus Room (traditionally known as a games room), is a space that invites play, pleasure and leisure, but also rules and coordination. Collectively examining spatial perception, absurdity and the transformation of the familiar, Megan Dyck, Paola Savasta and Carley F. Smith employ drawing as neither a departure or an arrival point— thinking in color, texture and form to manifest a collection of abstract narratives and curiosities that spit, laugh, dance and chatter in each other’s midsts.
Dyck’s work suggests an involuntary personification by exploiting abstracted figurative characteristics to arouse a subconscious reflection of the viewer’s own physicality. Savasta’s practice considers depiction and display utilizing domestic fixtures as a departure point referring to the space of the in-between, where the 2-D and 3-D borrow each other’s qualities. Relying on energy driven by material tendencies and atmospheric conditions, Smith slows awareness of time through the energy and personality of malleable materials.