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Visiting Artist Series: Austin Clay Willis
January 30, 2023 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for this presentation of the Visiting Artist Series. Exhibiting a unique collection of image-based sculptural objects and installations, Austin Clay Willis’s Moving Through Debris opens this winter at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.
The works are inspired by temporary construction, DIY structures, childish forts, East Vancouver alleyways littered with broken cabinets and forgotten bed frames, industrial dumpsters filled with debris from construction sites, and the sorting bins at city recycling dumps. The installation deals with ideas of industrial and personal waste through the collection, recycling, and upcycling of common industrial material. The incorporation of these concepts becomes a source for reimagining and recontextualizing derelict and deteriorating debris. By referencing the processes of building and (inevitably of decaying), the use of found, reclaimed, and recycled material gives opportunity for new life to perhaps forgotten objects.
This Visiting Artist series is generously supported by the department of Visual Arts at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus and the UBC Okanagan Gallery.
Presented in partnership with the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.