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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

JULIE GEMUEND: IMPRINT
June 18 – July 13, 2014
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

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The Sonoran Desert covers 100,000 square miles including Arizona, California, and much of the state of Sonora, Mexico. All of the world’s biomes occur within its vast perimeters which manifest fertile grounds for the visual articulation of themes like place, belonging, and our innermost human connection with wild spaces.

Through performance-based video, Imprint (2014) addresses the relationship between two landscapes — one outside the self, the other within. Using the artist’s own body as both conduit and canvas, the project explores the intrinsic nature of this dynamic by imprinting the desert landscape onto human flesh. Tapping into the elements of the natural world, the imprint brings harmony to the inner and outer landscapes within the human being.

JULIE GEMUEND: IMPRINT

Image caption: Julie Gemuend, Sun, 2013, video still from Imprint

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