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High Anxiety

‘High Anxiety’. These are words we’ve heard a lot over the last two years. Fitting, then, that the Mónica Reyes Gallery has mounted an exhibit to capture our collective angst.

Curated by Canadian painter Mina Totino, ‘High Anxiety’ features artists Stan Douglas, Russna Kaur, Myfwanwy MacLeod, Nicole Ondre, Philippe Raphanel, and Jan Wade. As Hilary Letwin writes on the Mónica Reyes Gallery website:

‘How better for artists to express themselves (and to a degree the mindset of their viewers) in this uncertain period, and in life, than through their work? Mina Totino, this exhibition’s curator has assembled six artists who have explored this state of anxiety, either recently or pre-Covid, in a way, pulling a thread in a garment of clothing until it unravels or picking at a scab until the fresh skin below becomes visible.’

Stan Douglas has two works in the exhibit: ‘2662’ pictured in our header, and ’26(62)’ pictured below. Douglas is, of course, an internationally renowned, Vancouver-based artist who creates both in the world of photography and film. Douglas’ pieces in this High Anxiety exhibit are from his DCT series, and were created using reverse engineering technology.

As Letwin explains, Douglas ‘created the two images from lines of code, using the discrete cosine transforms, sequenced at the moment an image is digitized.’

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Stan Douglas. 26(62). Photo Courtesy of the Artist

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Here’s a look at the work of the talented six artists in the High Anxiety installation, courtesy of photographer Rachel Topham.

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High Anxiety is scheduled to run at the Mónica Reyes Gallery until October 9th, 2021.

High Anxiety @ MRG

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Header: Stan Douglas. 2662. Photo Courtesy of Artist.

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