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Swift Current Art Gallery entangled in unique experiences

BY JESSI GOWAN — Art Gallery of Swift Current is offering a unique

art experience this month, where viewers can take in two different exhibitions in the same space. The exhibitions are touring the province through the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) Arts on the Move Program, and provide an interesting look at some intriguing ideas. Entangled, Twyla Exner’s collection of works, explores the relationships between cultural and natural production, consumption and waste, high and low tech, and biological and mechanical growth. Using e-waste materials, Exner creates art through an organic progression of de- and re-construction. “As a social phenomenon, electronics and computing have become intrinsically woven into the fabric of society through bodies, spaces and objects,” she noted. “Although many electronic components are responsible for technological development, I have focused on the wire for this series of sculptures and drawings.” Her work with wire began from an interest in

creating a handmade object from industrial material.Weaving is a process that has been widely practised by many cultures all over the world throughout history, and is often considered to be one of the first technologies invented by humans. Using a similar technique as is involved with making baskets from grasses and tree parts, Exner created an ‘organic’ material out of industrial waste. In basketry, the grasses, bark, and roots are

searched for, selected, stripped down and separated, and finally woven. To create her unique artworks, Exner had to search for wire, strip off the outer casings and separate the strands in order to use them. The uses of the materials are also surprisingly similar — biologically, roots and branches assist life by transferring and


New compost site open in City of Brooks

SUBMITTED — The new municipal compost site for the City of

Brooks was opened Aug. 31. The new site is located at the Newell Recycling

Depot at 279 Veiner Road. It accepts yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves and small branches. The City will no longer operate a separate drop off site and will be closing the site at the old rodeo grounds. The Municipal Compost Site is open Wednesdays

through Sundays, from April 1 until Oct. 31. The hours of the site will be from 10 a.m. until 6

p.m. and will be manned during these hours. Any illegal dumping will result in a $200 fine for the first offence and a $400 fine for each subsequent offence. Video surveillance equipment has been purchased for the site and has been installed to monitor the area.

Although the site will be closed from Nov. 1 until

March 31, winter drop-off times can be co-ordinated through the City of Brooks Parks Service Department. Contact Parks Services at 403- 362-0271. The new Municipal Composting Site was developed

through a multi-organizational partnership between the City of Brooks, Newell Recycling Association and the Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Authority. Funding for the site was also provided by Alberta Environment.


transforming essential nutrients; wires perform the same action by transmitting energy and information to the machine they support. As electronic technologies have freed humans

from many of the tasks which in the past had to be performed by hand, it is often a concern humanity will lose its skills, knowledge and abilities to produce objects by hand. The hand weaving of the telephone wire intends to turn industrialization in on itself. Instead of using a machine to produce an object, it uses the hands to produce an object out of a machine. “I view this process as reclamation of technology and a means of understanding it on historical and biological terms,” Exner explained. “My sculptures and drawings employ the notion of recreating the

natural with the technological.” Using wires, cords, and electrical connectors, she

is able to imitate plant pods, root systems and human physiological forms, reproducing hybrids of technology and nature that appear to be growing, evolving, reforming, overtaking and/or devouring electronic infrastructures and architectural spaces. The artworks in the exhibition explore the general idea of the ‘system’ and how that relates to both the biological world and the world of electronic technologies.

Entangled will be exhibited at Art Gallery of Swift

Current from Sept. 6 to Oct. 8. A Coffeehouse Evening and Artist Tour will take place on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m., as part of Culture Days.

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