Thursday, July 25, 1996 to Friday, August 23, 1996

    The Emerging Artists Showcase offers Ottawa audiences a chance to view the work of seven emerging Canadian artists working in a variety of disciplines and media. Works by Cathy Cahill, Anne Cooper, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Anette Larsson (all Toronto) and Dallas Seitz (Calgary) will be exhibited in in the Main Gallery, while installations by Nancy Lalicon and Alem Sklar (both Montreal), which have special light and sound features will be on view in the Project(s) Room. Cathy Cahill’s Dogs in Dresses, a bittersweet combination of printmaking, embroidery and text, presents a romantic fantasy ni which a fictional narrator attempts to knit herself a happier, more enriching life while providing comfort to other. An untitled installation by Anne Cooper makes ingenious and unconventional use of fabric, dressmaker’s pins and salt to evoke sensations of anxiety and numbness. Painter Sadko Hadzihasanovic will exhibit a group of mixed media canvases entitled Everything Must Go, an eloquent and and ironic relfection on popular culture and images of masculinity. Naturalwear, a video installation by Anette Larsson offers spectators biews of a quasi-medical ritual through five small peepholes set into metal trays mounted on the gallery wall. Dallas Seitz’s FUR series of painted paricleboard plaques layers images form Lord of the Flies, A Clockwork Orange and the artist’s upbringing onto Boy Scout illustrations. On view in the Gallery’s Project(s) Room, Alem Sklar’s installation My Mother is an Old Man and I am His Little Girl consists of a raised floor onto which are set viewfinders holding enigmatic photographic transparencies illuminated from below. Kurlit, an audio installation by Nancy Lalicon addresses issues of cultural and linguistic identity through overlapping tape recordings of the artist’s voice reading a text in English, French and Tagalog.