18. January 2018 - 18:00 till 21:00
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Plus 15 Exhibition / emily macdonald and caitlin mccann | Arts Commons | Thursday, 18. January 2018

The New Gallery is pleased to present "how many of the things i do are conscious decisions and how many are coping mechanisms " by caitlin mccann and emily macdonald in the +15 Window Gallery at Arts Commons (205 8 Ave SE).

Exhibition runs from November 27, 2017 - January 26, 2018. Closing reception is Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 PM, followed by drinks at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club (109 7 Ave SW) from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. All TNG reception guests will receive 15% off their bill when presenting the exhibition postcard. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Exhibition Description:

"how many of the things i do are conscious decisions and how many are coping mechanisms" is a collaborative trash installation by emily macdonald and caitlin mccann. The work begins with moments of emotional turbulence and identity disturbance caused by mental illness, freezes them, and makes them physical. It is meant as a diorama of the artists’ individual facets of femme/*****/(anticapitalist?) self-inventory, set against an ever-shifting landscape of distorted perception. Materials are mostly found, thrifted, or repurposed, requiring impulsivity to be acquired at all. Then, they are frenetically edited into their final forms, burying reserved, cryptic questions about who we are in each cathartic snarl of neon. Components are visibly held together by zip ties, tape, and muttered prayer; any minor slippage must be radically accepted by the artists. A video on a laptop is bundled to a table in a tender act of overkill, casting Google and YouTube as public sites of private self-affirmation. The result is an impactful cross section view of a moment between two friends with borderline personality, sharing constant re-negotiation of uncertainties through art and self-healing.

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