In a time where plans keep changing, postponed or just no more, I am happy to post one that is actually happening and IRL. My exhibit, Without Interrupting the System, opens at the Art Gallery of Bancroft from September 29 – October 30, 2021 with a reception on October 1 at 7:30 pm, following COVID-19 guidelines. The exhibition features a range of my paper sculptures incorporating elements of design to create the transformation, and subsequent illusions, affecting our sense of perception and its effects on how we understand the world around us.

Andrew Ooi, Without Interrupting the System, Exhibition Post

Information Immunity

The exhibition works were made when the concept of misinformation and media (verified and/or viral) really began to dominate how current events and issues were being relayed and related to the public, as if part of the reporting itself. That there had to be an explainer between fact and fiction; leaving the phrase, “no room for interpretation” as an under-, and over- statement.

Exhibiting Symptoms

So I started examining what makes us see things a certain way and not another, and discovered it’s the same things contextualized similarly but not exactly. In communication, spotting this nuance is a bit tricky, but with images, it can be a little more telling. Classic optical illusions are a great example, and no two were better at “dominating” than artists M.C. Escher (1898 – 1972) and Victor Vasarely (1906 – 1997). Their design principles and techniques inspired this collection, which fortunately at this time, has, and hopefully leaves room for, tons of interpretation; verified and/or viral; in, and out of view; without, (seemingly) interrupting the (information) system.

The Art Gallery of Bancroft is located at 10 Flint Avenue, Bancroft, Ontario; closest to main intersection, Highway 28 and Hastings Street. Gallery hours are 10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Visitors are required to wear face masks and follow public health safety measures when attending.

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