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Soft Refractions curated by Mary Chen and Theresa Wang

DeBugReBoot, Jessy Kitchen, HaeAhn Kwon, IvanovStoeva, Carson Teal, Xuan Ye

January 18, 2019 - February 16, 2019

Essay by Theresa Wang and Mary Chen

January 18 – February 16, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 7-10 pm

The word “refraction” declares breakage from form. Used to characterize an optical phenomenon tracing the speed of light as it traverses material barriers, refraction inherently speaks to rendering the non-material visible through an alternative way of seeing. The works featured in Soft Refractions demonstrate a desire to destabilize established value systems, and, in turn, mine for new capacities. As manners of representation stretch rapidly into new forms, this exhibition looks at the boundary for otherwise encounters to invoke a mediated articulation of the contemporary world.

Xpace acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council for this exhibition.




Documentation by Polina Teif