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Glitter Island World
Samantha Mogelonsky
July 3 - September 21, 2012
September 21, 2012, 7-9 pm

The Union Gallery welcomes artists Martin Golland, Ufuk Gueray, and Samantha Mogelonsky as they discuss their work and the current exhibition. A closing reception will be held immediately following the presentations.

* the Gallery will close August 12 and re-open September 4

Samantha Mogelonsky, Glitter Island World, 2011

“Tend(ing) toward narrative suspense in its concern with the immediate, the partial and the surprising action… Its temporality moves toward an unknown closure.”

– Susan Stewart, On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

My sculptures examine nostalgia, through factual and fictional narrative environments. I build imaginary spaces that merge the ‘made’ with found kitsch objects to reflect the intricate situational details of my practice. These sculptural forms and shapes materialize by using chicken wire, clay, foam, plaster bandage, tissue paper, metallic paint, glitter, an assortment of handcrafted objects and manufactured ‘stuff’.

Glitter Island World began by abstracting personal memories of travel and expanding upon literary references. The choice of materials, small scale and ground-level presentation is representative in the imaginative child-like qualities of construction and details of narrative associated with play, collection, and appropriation. By constructing utopian “island” forms from a combination of exaggerated scales, as well as crafted and found objects, I offset a promise of a trip to paradise, and instead, create a scene that resembles a strange hallucination. Deceivingly light-hearted, playful and naive, this work emphasizes the ability to create narrative from sequences, memories, and anticipations.

Samantha Mogelonsky, Glitter Island World (detail), 2011

Sam Mogelonsky completed a BFA at Queen’s and a MFA at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art, UK. Following this, she participated in international projects and residencies in London, France, and Spain. She returned to Canada in 2010 and is presently living in Toronto, where she is a member of the Red Head Gallery. She has exhibited in Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Portugal. Her work is held in Canadian and international