CAFKA.14

It Should Always Be This Way

09. Sara Graham (Vancouver), Pype Supersystem

Locations: Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, Duke St entrance; Communitech Hub, outdoor atrium, 151 Charles St W, Kitchener; Waterloo Public Square, 75 King St S, Waterloo.
 
Pype Supersystem is three yellow pipe sculptures installed around Kitchener and Waterloo, made with the assistance of Red Projects.
 
Graham has been primarily concerned with the issues and ideas of the contemporary city. Mapping has long been a central tenet of her artistic practice, and over the past several years she has created a series of diagramatic drawings and sculptural models that describe and represent urban networks, traversing that liminal space between the real and the imagined. The diagrams and narratives that she charts show her interest in mapping geographic terrains and of the plethora of systems and networks that lie beneath and behind the surfaces of everyday life. She is specifically engaged in a cross-disciplinary approach that incorporates philosophical, cultural, sociological and architectural criticism of the nature and condition of the city and city life.
 
Photo: Robert McNair
 
Sara Graham studied at University of Guelph (MFA, 2006), Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA, 1997) and the Banff Centre of the Arts (2002). Her works have been exhibited wide across Canada and have recently been featured in exhibitions at the Museum London (London), Kenderdine Art Gallery (Saskatoon), Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax), Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener), Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown), The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery (St John’s), MKG127 (Toronto) and Nuit Blanche (Toronto).