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August 7, 2016

REMNANTS is an exhibition of work by Susan Byrnes, Kate Kern, Christina Pereyma and Francis Schanberger at the Dayton Visual Arts Centre through August 13, 2016.  Curated by Eileen Carr, she wrote: “In this exhibition, four artists wrestle with life’s left-overs, creating new work out of objects, memories and dreams once cast aside.”


From the exhibition texts:

“Whether left over or left behind, remnants are things that create a sometimes mysterious record of life. Hoarding, organizing, erasing, memorializing: each of us takes a different approach to the material and experiential residue that accumulates in our homes and minds over the years.”


Christina Pereyma, Remnant, 2015

“Anchored by Christina Pereyma’s accumulated display of opaque personal history—each item embedded in amber-colored cast wax—this exhibition explores the varied ways that selected artists from the region find inspiration from the flotsam of the past.”


Susan Byrnes, Cowgirl Wallet from the Purse Series, 2015, cast glass

“With each sculpture she creates, Susan Byrnes is an artist absorbed in deeply reflecting on the physicality of objects, as well as their notional “footprints” in time and space.  A cast of an object, whether in glass or iron, requires us to consider both the original (which is often lost in the high heat of the process) and its impression.  We literally see what is left behind.”


Francis Schanberger, Pajamas and Peignor, 2015

“As an artist who works with photographic methods, Francis Schanberger works on a regular basis with remnants: a photographic image is, de facto, what is left behind after treated paper is exposed to light…Like waking from a vivid dream that gradually fades, we see only an etheral version of the original clothing.”


Kate Kern, 1000 eyes, 2010, card catalogue cards

“An artist known for her organically charged motifs, Kate Kern draws on the most ephemeral sort of remnants – thoughts, memories, imagination…In these works, Kern makes the process metaphorically visible, showing us a catalogue of snatches of text and imagery from the past.”


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