Lightbox Studio: melinda topilko
Lightbox Studio (Beside Martha Cohen Theatre in Arts Commons)
Dates: November 4 to December 19, 2014
Artist Reception: Thursday, November 13 from 5 – 8 pm, Upper Centre Court
Lightbox Studio in Arts Commons had a great inaugural run with Poet Laureate of Calgary Derek Beaulieu bringing a new vibe to the halls of the Centre, and welcoming people in to interact and contribute to his word art. Now melinda topilko’s Glitter Salon is transforming Lightbox studio into a creative zone to house her artistic message about the role of women in society, wrapped in a humorous package.
“My transdisciplinary practice includes drawings, mixed media work, photographs, curatorial collages, installations, and participatory art - using techniques typically defined as ‘crafty’,” says topilko. “Of particular interest to me is the examination of feminism; and the relationship between gender roles and interpretations of the “masculine” and “feminine” in visual culture.”
topilko uses pieces collected from antique markets and thrift stores from the 1940s to the 1970s, particularly those associated with women. She creates a visual scape that is intended as humorous, but also has a deeper theoretical basis. topilko’s hope is to provide a platform for dialogue both while experiencing the exhibit, and after occupying the space.
Title: Glitter Salon
Location: Lightbox Studio (Beside Martha Cohen Theatre in Arts Commons)
Date: November 4 – December 19, 2014
Artist Reception: Thursday, November 13 from 5:00 - 8:00pm
Upper Centre Court
Public and Media Welcome!
Studio Hours: Monday, Thursday & Friday from 5:00-10:00pm
Wednesday & Sunday from 10:00am-7:00pm
ALSO: “Make Your Own Media Zine Party” Thursday, Nov 20 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
A longtime resident of Calgary, melinda topilko attended the Alberta College of Art and Design, graduating with distinction from the fibre department. Drawn to the implicit and explicit feminist history of domestic objects, textiles and “home-making” techniques and with a commitment to research as an integral part of her artistic practice, topilko’s work encompasses a wide range of mediums and methods. Unable to say no to something sparkly or kitschy, topilko uses humor as an access point to her work and its underlying themes.
Visit melinda's website for more information.