Laura Piasta: Sounding the Ultraviolet
November 28, 2015 – January 30, 2016
Opening Reception & Book Launch: Friday, November 27, 2015 7:00 PM
Link to videorecording: Liz Magor in Conversation with Laura Piasta, December 2, 2015, 7:00 PM
Link to Exhibition Broadsheet with curator’s essay
Laura Piastaʼs artistic practice considers a variety of naturally-occurring phenomena and matter. Often investigating the way we experience and relate to the natural world, both the production and end forms of her work are guided by the “intelligence” of the materials themselves, whose properties might be understood as at once mundane and magical. Sounding the Ultraviolet traverses across many media, exhibiting Piasta’s recent explorations into acoustic absorption, sound, magnetism, and marbling (among other things), and will include the launch of a limited edition bookwork.
Laura Piasta completed her MFA in 2012 from the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in Sweden. Her work has been exhibited at a number of institutions and galleries across Europe and Canada. In 2014 Piasta was shortlisted for the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver’s Emerging Artist Prize; she was one of 15 finalists in the 16th annual RBC Painting Competition, and most notably, also in 2014, she received the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artists. Piasta is based in Vancouver.
Above image: Laura Piasta, The Artist’s Hair in Lillooet Lake, video still, 2015.
Below: Installation views of Laura Piasta: Sounding the Ultraviolet (Access Gallery, 2015-16). Photodocumentation: Laura Piasta.