GRANVILLE COURT // Adriana Kuiper + Ryan Suter (NB, Canada): Sunburn

For their work “Sunburn”, artists Adriana Kuiper and Ryan Suter use magnifying glasses supported by simple, make-shift constructions are placed at specific angles in order to track the movement of the sun throughout the day. By carefully positioning the convex lens, a focal point of condensed sunlight burns a mark into various surfaces. The marks left behind act as both a record of passing time, and a form of mark making. These records can be permanent, left behind on public gathering places (benches, picnic tables), or made more ephemeral on sample give-away postcards. By concentrating the sun’s light the artists play with reflections and attempt to send signals and beams back up towards the sky. The form of the work changes constantly as the artists attempt to keep up with the pace of the sun’s shifting path and inconsistent rays. Various videos related to this work will also be shown on site.

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Adriana Kuiper and Ryan Suter

Adriana Kuiper and Ryan Suter (both Sackville, NB) have collaborated on sculptural and media installations since 2010. They have completed a number of public site-specific works in the Magdalen Islands, QC, Halifax, and In Dawson City, YK. They have exhibited together at the Confederation Centre for the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI; the Kenderdine Art Gallery, SK; and the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, AB. Kuiper completed her BA at the University of Guelph and her MFA at the University of Western Ontario. Her work has been shown across Canada and internationally in Oslo, Norway. She is a professor at Mount Allison University where she teaches sculpture and drawing. Suter is a multi-media artist who holds a BFA from the University of Ottawa and an MFA from the University of Guelph. He has worked as an art administrator in artist run centres for the past 15 years and has taught a variety of courses at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Mount Allison University. His work has been shown at many artists run centres across Canada.

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