What Lies Beneath
Featuring: Laura Bydlowska, Susan Cunningham, Jae Lee, Liz Menard, Jennie Suddick and Daryl Vocat
Open Studio is pleased to present What Lies Beneath, an exhibition highlighting the work of six Open Studio artist members from April 4 – May 11, 2013. The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Jenn Law.
What Lies Beneath features work by Laura Bydlowska, Susan Cunningham, Jae Lee, Liz Menard, Jennie Suddick and Daryl Vocat, six Open Studio artist members interpreting the theme of urban myths, both broadly and specifically. An urban myth is an apocryphal story that circulates on the margins of society, often incorporating elements of mystery, horror, or humour, which although extreme in detail are just plausible enough to be believed as true. Passed down from individual to individual, urban myths are of indeterminate origin, yet are generally attributed to a reliable second-hand source – “a friend of a friend” – which lends them validity. They play on our collective fears of the perceived dangers that lurk on the edges of our communities beyond our control, especially where and when social rules are transgressed. Incorporating printerly strategies of replication and repetition, these artists engage narrative visions of the social environment that hover between truth and fiction, history and myth.