Janay Baade and Kipling West
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There's a bug on her face! I once heard an old communist era story about the Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski. To get around the censors Kieslowski would distract their attention by putting gratuitous content that the censors were sure to cut out – in hopes that they wouldn't notice other sensitive commentary and content that he wanted to express in his films. In this exquisite black and white drawing by Janay I was so focused on enjoying the intricate design of the face and contemplating the symbolic potential of the splitting of the visage I didn't notice the super big moth sitting on her cheek(!) until I was editing this photograph. So much can be missed if we don't stop and take the time to really look.
With Kipling West's diptych I am not sure what I am suppose to resist! Is it the cuteness of the cat? Maybe it's a story about not giving into peer-cat-pressure? Is it piece of political propaganda aimed at cats? Or maybe for general social awareness and affirmation? Such a simple image and so many possibilities. I could ask the artist, but where is the fun in that? It's much more fun when art makes you think – and it has a cutely painted cat.
See Janay and Kipling's artwork at the Principles Office during our regular gallery hours of 2-5 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Principles Office is on the 2nd floor of cSPACE King Edward 1721 29th Ave SW, Rm 210 Calgary, Alberta T2T 6T7
January 18, 2018