SECCA to Present Exhibition Entitled: The Same Leaving: 3 Projects by Christine Kirouac
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (December 28, 2018)—The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will present The Same Leaving: 3 Projects by Christine Kirouac, featuring art by this Canadian prairie-grown artist who creates bodies of work that seamlessly merge subject, concept, process, and medium. The exhibition will be on display at SECCA, which is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem, from January 17 to March 3, 2019. SECCA is free and open to the public Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
An opening reception will be held on Thurs., Jan. 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and will include a cash bar (no bar charge for SECCA Members).
Curated by Wendy Earle, The Same Leaving: 3 Projects by Christine Kirouac is a first-time configuration and conversation between three independent projects by Kirouac:
In the video/audio installation State Lines, 2005, the simple view of a pipe running along a subway tunnel wall is transformed into an animated drawn horizon line that propels the viewer through an ethereal landscape mimicking the vastness of one’s own intimate sub-conscience.
Les Feuilles Mortel/Deadly Leaves showcases two large-scale graphite drawings of kudzu vines. Measuring 10 x 12 feet, each image is comprised of nine rows made up of 80 separate 11” x 17” drawings completed over a four-year period. Kirouac calls this contemplative application writing a drawing. The mathematical system she uses to draw its overwhelming density inch by inch is inherently connected to the dual nature of kudzu, as at once seductive and destructive, and mirrors her internal psychological experience with it (having lived in North Carolina for five years.)
After Winter, Before Spring is a series of graphite drawings inspired by the bleak months of March and April unique to the Northern prairies. This relentless period coupled with her own emotional vulnerability after leaving North Carolina, revealed organic figures within a six-block radius of her mother’s home. These subjects exposed themselves to her alone on her daily walk, wounded, surviving or having succumbed to a frozen, colorless stucco suburbia. As with the kudzu, Kirouac scrutinized her subjects with pencil, laying bare their mutation and beauty.
The Same Leaving is about the ways we all negotiate for (dis)placement, (non)acceptance and (not)belonging through a shared experience of leaving and the ways in which artists mine their own experiences and use of time. This SECCA exhibition is the world premiere showing of Les Feuilles Mortel/Deadly Leaves.
“Kirouac’s drawings are a sumptuous exploration of her natural landscapes, allowing visitors an entry point into the work at many different levels,” said Earle.
Kirouac received her MFA from Concordia University in Montreal; she taught at several universities North Carolina including Greensboro College, Salem College, and Wake Forest University from 2008–2013 and was director/owner of three American Art fairs out of Chicago Illinois from 2013–2015. She exhibits nationally and internationally and currently lives, writes and practices out of Winnipeg Manitoba.
For more information about Kirouac, please visit christinekirouac.com.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
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