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Malleable Geometry: Sarah Rooney

January 6, 2020 @ 08:00 - February 8, 2020 @ 17:00

“Malleable Geometry” Sarah Rooney

Curated by Jakub Zdebik

Show runs: Jan 6 to Feb 8, 2020
Artist talk and Reception: Jan 12 from 1 to 3pm

Free to the public – Everyone welcome

Sarah Rooney’s Malleable Geometry puts on display the poetic fluidity of her hybrid practice of painting and photography to reveal how contemporary aesthetics intertwine with modernism.

The Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus is proud to present Malleable Geometry, an engaging exhibition by Sarah Rooney, curated by Jakub Zdebik . It’s on display from Monday, January 6 to Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Ottawa School of Art’s Orleans Gallery located on the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre. On Sunday, January 12, from 1 to 3pm, we are pleased to have Sarah Rooney here in the gallery for an artist talk followed by a reception.  All are welcome!

Sarah Rooney creates paintings and photographs through a process of the layering. She seeks to become witness to subtle spatial conundrums, and her works present reflections on shifts in distance, immediacy, and time. Malleable Geometry is a collection of large works that are captivating and reveal a play between surface and the depth.

“Sarah Rooney’s Malleable Geometry puts on display the poetic fluidity of her hybrid practice of painting and photography to reveal how contemporary aesthetics intertwine with modernism.

An abstract green motif that peers out of a grey and ochre surface seems, at first, to be a funky take on Barnett Newman’s zip.  But the zigzag’s point of origin is the uneven edge of an old studio radiator.

Vast open spaces and swooping formalist patterns read as stern at first sight yet, under scrutiny, they reveal a playful geography of warm desert tones.

Rooney’s works are not ironic takes on avant-garde aesthetics to satisfy a postmodernist desire for pastiche; they engage, on a sincere level, with real objects and spaces and their artistic transformation.”  – Jakub Zdebik

Sarah Rooney is a Montreal-based artist, she was born in South Africa and spent her formative years in Brazil. Rooney studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England, before obtaining a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA from York University in Toronto. She has taught at York University, the University of Toronto, and she is currently a part-time professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. Rooney’s paintings are included in the Canada Council Art Bank Collection, as well as in private collections in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe.

For more information on the Ottawa School of Art Orleans, its instructors, and classes visit www.artottawa.ca or call us at 613-580-2765.

Ottawa School of Art Orleans campus Gallery located in the Shenkman Arts Centre

Free Reception. All Welcome! 245 Centrum Blvd. Orleans ON. K1E 0A1

For more information please contact Nadine Argo, Gallery Coordinator 613-580-2765 or osao.gallery@artottawa.ca

Commissaire Jakub Zdebik

Causerie avec l’artiste et la réception :
Dimanche le 12 janvier 2020 de 13h à 15h

Les œuvres seront exposée du :
6 janvier au 8 fevrier 2020

Entrée gratuit – Bienvenue à tous

« Malleable Geometry » de Sarah Rooney met en évidence la fluidité poétique de sa pratique hybride de la peinture et de la photographie, révélant ainsi l’esthétique contemporaine s’entremêlant du modernisme.


January 6, 2020 @ 08:00
February 8, 2020 @ 17:00
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Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus
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Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd.
Orleans, Ontario K1E0A1 Canada
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