Deviate with Beth Levin & Cynthia O’Brien’s Intimate Language

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“Unexpected Deviation” is a collaborative installation between the paper and waxwork of Beth Levin and the clay work of Cynthia O’Brien.

Levin is interested in the expressions of love and longing for the lost art of letter writing. In the physical act of making marks on paper (in this case in wax) one
engages in a reflective process, a distillation of thoughts, a connection made
with another.  There remains evidence of a letter’s journey and history through stamps
and postmarks on envelopes.

O’Brien, influenced by Levin, is exploring the “line” used in letter writing.  Each letter is a drawing with the ability to communicate through the words written and how they are written.  O’Brien is exploring how a word can be turned into a line and how this line can be used to create a drawing.

Beth Levin has worked in many media for over 40 years. For
the past 15 years she has been a hand papermaker and is currently exploring
encaustics, bringing another dimension to her paper sculpture.  Levin is assistant curator at Cube Gallery in Ottawa, where she also exhibits her work.

Cynthia O’Brien has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.  Living in Ottawa, O’Brien is an active member  of the arts community.  O’Brien’s unique
clay sculptures have discussed human relationships through nature with a quirky
sense of humour.  Presently she is interested in exploring “line” as a sculptural element and clay in a drawing.

Unexpected Deviation opens with a reception on Thursday, August 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit continues on August 12, August 13, and August 14. All are welcome and admission is free. An interactive piece involving visitors’ writings will be revealed on Saturday, August 13 at 1 pm.

Vernissage: Thursday, August 11, 2011

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: BLINK Gallery, Major’s Hill Park

Exhibit continues:

Friday, August 12, 1–6 pm

Saturday, August 13, 12–5 pm

Sunday, August 14, 12–5 pm

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