The exhibition “Mechanism of Choice” in the State of Flux Gallery at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, examines and highlights different aspects of choice, choosing and decision making in everyday life through a collection of books, prints and sculptural works. The pieces within this exhibition work with nostalgic decision-making game references such as fortune-tellers, game board pieces and user guides, which essentially become access points to examine the implications that choices have on our everyday lives. In these works the climatic point of the decision making game, the answer or the decision, is stopped open up possibilities of choosing and decision making rather than limiting the process with a resolution. In this way the works speak to a critical moment in time before a decision becomes resolved, or the time between a question and answer, and in doing so reveal the processes of consciousness and interior dialogue that surface when choosing or deciding.
The works within this exhibition expand upon and react to a modern crisis; they speak to the anxiety that may be experienced when there is a proliferation of choice for which rational factors and implicit reacting are no longer sufficient to sustain. Ultimately, the exhibition explores logic and behaviour in the context of making a decision, and through the isolation of this critical moment in time, looks at the ways in which people interact with and make sense of the world.
'eenódsha' means 'to hear'
Artist Logan MacDonald presents an exhibition that confronts how accessing knowledge can be impacted and transformed by disability. MacDonald's work is prompted by the question: "How do I create, when I am missing pieces?" Drawing from his own experience with degenerative hearing loss, which stems from the same hereditary line as his Mi'kmaw roots, MacDonald focuses his work on building a hand drum, and compensating in lyrical and imaginative ways where knowledge has been fragmented or inaccessible. In conjunction, MacDonald confronts this complex challenge by also pulling at the role colonialism has played in creating barriers to access Indigenous knowledge, by symbolically incorporating found fragments of a Sir John A. Macdonald bronze statue, as well as the bronze death mask of the first Prime Minister of Canada, which MacDonald inherited.
There and not there
The darkness of the shadow deepens and then disappears. Seeing the form, touching it. But the thing is not there. Water running through, like memory, unable to hold. In time framed your presence is felt in absences. Pigeons speeding in flight overhead, disappear. The known becomes unknown.