ROOM FOR UNKNOWING
MAY 24 TO JUNE 17, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 25th, 6 - 8pm
The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Room for Unknowing, an exhibition by artist Leah Garnett.
Room for Unknowing, an installation of drawings and fluorescent pink flagging tape, began as a writing exercise to clear Garnett’s head each time she began working in the studio. Accumulated over time, the drawings record forgotten and often banal thoughts that Garnett obscures from view. Garnett initially used the redaction process to graphically visualize how much space her thoughts literally occupied. However, as the series continues to grow, the drawings demand more space for and about the unknown. The drawings, paired with flagging tape, become a double redaction, either to insist on individual privacy, and the right to creative zones of not knowing and learning; or to suggest more sinister forms of censorship that control what the public can know, and where they can access knowledge.
Originally from the coast of Maine, Leah Garnett lives and works in Sackville, New Brunswick where she teaches in the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University. Her practice involves drawing, sculpture, and installation. She has exhibited across Canada, and attended residencies at the Sirius Art Centre, the Fire Station Artists' Studios, the MacDowell Colony, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Struts Gallery. She received her BA Honors from Brown University; BFA in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; and MFA from the University of Guelph.