Jessica Korderas: Dystopia

October 31st - November 14th, 2015 - Edmonton Gallery

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Exhibition opens Saturday, October 31st, 2-4 pm
Artist will be in Attendance
Exhibition continues until Saturday, November 14th

Dystopia is the second in a series of three exhibitions by Halifax-based artist Jessica Korderas exploring the complex construction of society. Referencing Thomas More’s 1516 novel ‘Utopia’ which was laced with irony and tied directly to the Greek ‘uo’ meaning ‘no’ and ‘topia’ meaning ‘place’, utopia literally means ‘nowhere’ and was an initial comment by More on the unattainability of a perfect society. The original meaning has been lost over the centuries and the term is now used to describe a perfect, idealized society. Dystopia was later developed as an antonym for the distorted meaning of utopia, and translates to ‘bad place’. However, in literature and art, utopic and dystopic themes are often interchanged, intermingled, or even contingent on one another.

Dystopia continues as Utopia did, examining human desires, goals, fears, and failures, and how individual ideals are forced to coexist in one society often at odds with one another.

About the Artist:

Jessica Korderas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in English from Mount Allison University in 2007. An emerging artist, Korderas is well on her way to establishing herself as a unique talent, captivating the public with her sophisticated use of acrylic resin. Korderas has participated in group and solo exhibitions since her graduation. Her inclusion in "Art with Heart", a juried fundraising event for Casey House in Toronto in 2009 and again in 2010 garnered her much recognition within the art community. She has been included in a public group exhibition titled, "inbetween", curated by Mireille Eagan, which exhibited at The Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI in 2009, and at The Doris McCarthy galley in Toronto, ON, in 2011. In 2013, Korderas exhibited at Galerie de l'UQAM in Montreal, QC, as part of 'Le Project Peinture/The Painting Project' curated by Marie-Eve Beaupré and Julie Bélisle. Korderas has also received a creation grant from Nova Scotia's Communities, Culture and Heritage, in 2012, and a project grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2013.

Image details:
1. Jessica Korderas, Dystopia #1, Mixed Media, 10.75 x 10 x 2, 2015.


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