Sheri STRanger & Richard What? @ AGO
April Archives - April 13, 2012
What an amazing experience. This event has definitely been one of the highlights of my artistic career and life. It had been a long time dream of mine to show at the Art Gallery Of Ontario. My goal to make it there was cemented the day my late husband, Daniel Townsley, proposed to me there, stating that he chose the AGO because he thought my art would be shown there someday. That someday has arrived.
On April 13, 2012, my collection "Controlled Substance" made it's runway debut to a sold out crowd at the AGO (see it here). Many thanks to Workman Arts and the AGO for all of their efforts and hard work to put together this amazing event. Special thanks to Elena Soni,Artist & Designer for tireless support and guidance. And many thanks to the 11 other artists who were part of this project. I am very proud of everyone of us and our collections. An extra special thank you to my friends who volunteered their time, you mean the world to me; Julie Nguyen, Megan Morgan, Ree Andrews, Dylan Dias, Tiffany Encina.
"Controlled Substance" presents a tongue-in-cheek look at the glamourization of substance abuse using hypnotic, glamourous patterns that are bold and inviting yet mask the pain, declining health and image of a user. Garments are patterned with bright, brilliant colours, embroidery and assemblage created by the tools of the trade, syringes, beer caps and pills. These elements draw the viewer into the mind-altering and euphoric state of the user.
Participating artists have been selected through a formal adjudication of proposals and will be supported through professional training workshops facilitated by artist/educator Elena Soni, who is working with the artists to best showcase their practice on the garments. The presentation will engage viewers and participants in a dialogue about where art ends and functionality begins. The audience will be treated to an experimental installation/performance in the form of a fashion show. This project will challenge norms, shift boundaries, and engage dialogue about the lives of the creators predicated by mental health and addiction issues and of those who dare don a work of art rather than a garment accepted as normal. Mad Couture Catwalk will include ten artist “collections” in total.