small mechanisms for drowning

APRIL 27 – MAY 21, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday April 29, 2011, 6 – 9 pm

small mechanisms for drowning is a series of  drawings that explores the distillation of an otherwise redesigned  intimacy arising from within contemporary media and technology-rich  cultures. While these technologies are, on the one hand, literally at  our fingertips, offering a sense that everything is close and that we  are able as never before to configure our own individual experiences,  they are, on the other hand, highly mediated, homogeneous, and  sterilized of richness.

This series is an attempt to remedy the unreason inherent within the direct multi-sensorial experience of the  human condition by remapping our maladies onto mechanical systems ─  diagrams of the dialysis machine for example. In these diagrams, each  technological step is reassigned with an emotional equivalent. The  attempt, however futile, is to purify the psyche through the same  external mechanical processes used to purify contaminated blood.

Nina Leo is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture,   installation, drawing and performance. She holds an Honors B.A. in  Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario and an MFA in  Emerging Practices from the University at Buffalo. She has exhibited her   work in galleries and public institutions in Canada, the United States   and Mexico. Currently, she teaches in the Sculpture and Installation  department at OCAD University.