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THE DRESS SHOW: LA MODE DANS TOUS SES ÉTATS
Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery April 24, 2003 to May 31, 2003
Lynn Beavis, Interim Director (Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery)
The Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery of Concordia University group exhibition titled The Dress Show featured clothing-based imagery by seven contemporary Canadian artists. These thought-provoking and visually beautiful sculptural works explored the notion of dress and identity. Artists included Barry Ace, Barbara Hunt, Ana Rewakowicz, Lissa Robinson, Catherine Sylvain, Laura Vickerson, and Kevin Whitfield.
Clothing is intimately bound up with identity and one’s self-projections, marking the outermost boundary between the internally-defined ego and the social world we inhabit. For several years artists have been working with the image of clothing as a medium to express issues of race, gender and identity. The seven artists in this exhibition recognize costume as an adjunct to the body, but also see it as a means of exploring the definitions of self and the relations we form (or attempt to form) with others.
The Dress Show: La mode dans tous ses êtats (more info)
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