FOLD, SPINDLE, MUTILATE: the work of Karina Kraenzle

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Part photography, part sculpture, and part collage – FOLD, SPINDLE, MANIPULATE showcases three related bodies of work by artist Karina Kraenzle beginning tonight at The Red Wall Gallery in Ottawa’s Byward Market.

The collection spans three years of production beginning in 2008 and shows Kraenzle’s formal and conceptual evolution of this line of inquiry. Each successive body of work conveys a different aspect of the artist’s critique of the relentless use and manipulation of images of women in popular culture and its ensuing psychic cost.

Using advertising as their source material, the techniques employed (a scanner for some images and a scalpel for others) operate at both physical and metaphorical levels to underline the powerful qualities of propaganda inherent in the carefully constructed image of “female”.

These re-presented pictures examine the fragile nature of both the subject and the viewer from their vantage point at the crossroads between photography and sculpture.

Vernissage: Friday,  Feb. 4 | 6 – 9pm
On View: February 4 – 28
Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm, Saturdays: 10am – 3pm

The Red Wall Gallery is located in SPAO at 168 Dalhousie, at the corner of Bruyère, in the Byward Market.