Darkness At The Edge | Curated by Thom Sokoloski

June 12 – July 7, 2013

The curator’s statement regarding the theme of the show included a discussion of liminality, ambiguity, and distortion that occurs in life and dream. There were two main rooms; the north gallery (which was pitch black and required the participants to use a flashlight to navigate the space); secondly, the main gallery was dimly lit and lined with black cloth (like the back room).

Be prepared to enter the darkness… For this exhibition Propeller’s Main and North Gallery will be transformed into an immersive cave.  As viewers travel further into the gallery they will find themselves treading deeper into the darkness! 

There are places we find ourselves where light fades and darkness arrives.

That edge, precipice, or boundary, where the light meets the dark, can become a threshold into an unknown abyss or terrain.

It might be the moment after opening the door to reveal the darkness of your home or studio. Entering a cave on a bright day. Looking out at a moon-lit lake of dark water that you would never dare dive into. The end of an affair, marriage or friendship. We have all looked into the darkness at the edge, the place where we let go of what we had, knew or cherished.

Darkness at the edge is about those moments of liminality; the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in life and dream when you no longer hold what you held, but have not yet begun the transition to what you will hold. During a ritual’s liminal stage, a participant “stands at the threshold,  often in a state of contemplation of what was and what could be.

Thom Sokoloski

Exhibiting artists:

  • Karen Abel (Canada)  
  • Peter Barelkowski (Canada)
  • Sarah Casey (UK) 
  • Charles Chadwick (USA) 
  • Connie Chappel (Canada)
  • Morgan Chivers (USA)
  • Mary DiPaola (Canada)
  • Daniel Djamo (Romania)
  • Gordana Olujic Dosic (Canada) 
  • Gerry Dotto (Canada)
  • Pat Dumas-Hudecki (Canada)           
  • Stu Edwards (Canada)             
  • Johanna Evans-Colley (USA)
  • Ronald Gonzalez (USA) 
  • Shannon Griffiths (Canada)                                
  • Salvatore Insana (Italy)
  • Lisa Johnson (Canada) 
  • Paul Kilbertus (Canada)
  • Jennifer Laiwint (Canada)
  • Miklos Legrady (Canada) 
  • Irina Litinsky (Canada) 
  • Eileen MacArthur (Canada) 
  • Slawomir Milewski (UK) 
  • Ben Ng (Canada)
  • Randall Okita (Canada) 
  • Anastassia Pronsky-Stojanovic (Canada) 
  • Robert Quance (Canada)
  • Luis Rodrogues (Portugal) 
  • Sirima Sataman (USA) 
  • Giovanni Senisi (Canada) 

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