A huge space largely empty: Sylvia Matas
- Dates:March 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018 ( Recurring daily )
- Location:Gallery 1C03
- Times:From: 07:00 AM to 11:00 PM
- Address: 1st floor of Centennial Hall, The University of Winnipeg 515 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB
- Contact: Jennifer Gibson
- Phone: (204) 786-9253
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- Region: Winnipeg
Gallery 1C03 presents a deconstructed bookwork by local interdisciplinary artist Sylvia Matas in its public foyer. A huge space, largely empty is a non-linear narrative of photographs, drawings, and writing that revolves around an unnamed lake. On the first page, a character picks up a stone on a night walk in the country and throws it into a lake. At the end of the book someone approaches a lake where a hole has mysteriously formed in the ice. In between those two pages there are references to sleep, dreams, insomnia, memory, and spatial disorientation.
Lakes (which can be a symbol for the unconscious mind) appear throughout the book in the written narrative and also as drawings of bathymetric maps (maps which describe lake depth). Each of the three maps appear twice in the book – once in its original orientation and once as a mirror image.
The art of Sylvia Matas focuses on the grey area between reality and perception by exploring how we experience our surroundings and the passage of time. Her narratives withhold clear distinctions of beginning and ending and suggest moments lifted from a larger story. This feeling of incompleteness makes space for completion of the narrative in the mind of the viewer.