In the Dark
September 13th – September 16th / Opening reception: Thursday 6 to 9 pm
Get wrapped up in something, and you’re on the inside. Peel the skin away and suddenly you’re exposed. In The Dark reveals a passage between what is inside and outside. Visitors are greeted by sculptures made from recycled blue plastic that was used to shrink- wrap a boat. One of the artworks on display titled “Passage” allows participants to make their own voyage entering and exiting the work, while perhaps mirroring the lock system that lies just beyond the doors of Blink Gallery.
Artists Jean Jewer and Bozica Radjenovic state that “traditionally, persons walk around a sculpture to appreciate it. However, in this installation , the artists want to get away from the traditional formalist means of perceiving sculpture. In order to do this, we have created a space that viewers can walk through, taking on experiences and moods that the work projects, even becoming part of the ‘body’ of the work.”
The artists discovered that both material and space contain traces of previous life; one to wrap and protect; another to guide vessels safely through Rideau Canal.
Workshops Friday and Sunday 2-4pm, Working With Plastic
Blink Gallery Exhibit hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday noon to 5 pm
Jean Jewer comes from a remote village in northern Newfoundland, where she watched gigantic icebergs float by, and wind and water whip and carve the land. Her abstract paintings testify to a first-hand experience of the raw energy, violence and beauty of Eastern Canada’s coastal landscape. Jewer writes that she feels “a visceral connection to the sublime drama of land and sea.”[
She received a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1990 and continued her studies at the Visual Arts Centre in Montreal, where she painted with Harold Klunder. Jewer has exhibited her artwork in many group and solo exhibitions in Ontario and Quebec, including Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa School of art, Espace Odyssee, Maison de la Culture d Gatineau, QC., Toronto International Art Exhibition. Her art can be found in many corporate, and private collections in throughout North America and abroad… including a recent purchase by the City of Ottawa. She is a member of Blink Gallery Cooperative and is represented by Cube gallery, Ottawa and the Muse Gallery in Toronto.
Bozica Radjenovic is a sculptress who lives and works in Ottawa. She was born and educated in Belgrade, Serbia. In 1991 she received a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Arts in Belgrade. In 1993 she moved to Canada during the civil war in former Yugoslavia.
Bozica has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, most recently at KBC Gallery in Belgrade, Serbia, The Ottawa School of Art Gallery in Ottawa, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and Karsh Mason Gallery in Ottawa. Her work can be seen in Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade, City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection and various private collections in Canada and Europe. Bozica has received grants from the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council. She is a member of Blink Artist Collective and Enriched Bread Artist.
Bozica’s current practice involves an exploration of soft sculpture.