Open Sesame Project Window 2017 - 18

Lèche Vitrine

St Marie φ Walker: A(d)version

Through July 2018

A(d)version, St Marie φ Walker’s Lèche Vitrine: Open Sesame Project Window installation, examines how advertising subversively exploits our “natural” aesthetic preferences and our instinct to take in all information available to us in a given moment. The work mimics the mechanics of advertising while questioning the relationships that sustain branding and capitalism. Lèche Vitrine is a collaboration between CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area and Open Sesame.

About the artists

St Marie φ Walker are artist-researchers investigating the applied nature of perception, belief, illusion, and value. They officially started collaborating in 2009 and became known for their outdoor urban interventions under the moniker Timeanddesire. Conceptualism, iterative creation, and public engagement intersect in their interdisciplinary practice.

Denise St Marie first inserted work into streetscapes as she pursued her BFA in visual arts at the University of Victoria, influenced by her study of psychology and sociology at McMaster. She also completed a B.Ed in visual arts at Western University. Timothy Walker specialized in philosophy at the University of Toronto , where he was selected for the Socrates Project during his final year. Both artists received MFAs from the University of Waterloo, and travelled to New York via UW’s Keith & Win Shantz International Research Fellowship in 2016. St Marie was awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant in 2016–17.

LècheVitrine is a collaboration with CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area and Open Sesame and made possible with the support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Vinyl printing and installation by Toronto Glass Film

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Photo: Gordon Hatt