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New exhibits at the EAGM

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Jamie Wright stands next to one of his contributions to the exhibit, Hide, which is now on display at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum.

The latest exhibit at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum's (EAGM) Gallery No. 1 is a two-man collaboration that studies the connection of art, nature and people.

Jamie Wright, who worked on the exhibit alongside David Diviney, was in Estevan on May 23 to discuss his contributions. Wright used material from old couches, including upholstery, leather and vinyl, to create most of his submissions for Hide.

He said he wanted to have fun with concepts, make things that are beautiful, and play with ideas. He hopes that people who view the exhibit won't be so nervous about environmentalism and their impact on nature.

"I don't really agree that we're separate from nature," said Wright.

When he looked at nature and the environment, he would think of such topics as dominance, mastery, waste and adaptation.

"I really started to focus on these binary relationships of hunter and prey, and developer and resources,” said Wright.

He also wanted to study societal expectations of white men in the 21st century, and do it in a fun way. He's not a hunter, but he wanted to incorporate hunting and sport into the exhibit.

“If I did hunt an animal, it probably wouldn't look very good in the end,” he said. “As I was walking around the city, I saw a lot of couches, and it seemed like it was a fun thing to hunt down a couch instead.”

He would walk down back alleys and look for couches, or he would look for couches on-line. One he found on the ocean's shore, but cast-off furniture proved to be elusive.

“Once I find these, I try to think of a really interesting background, sort of a story, of how did I hunt this thing down, where did I triumph, and bag that really great couch or chair,” said Wright.

Wright contributed a fabricated beaver and a bear-skinned rug that are on the gallery's floor; and trophies that are hanging on the walls. There is also a video that, according to Wright, defines landscape, sound-scape and a stream of consciousness.

Diviney was unable to attend the reception. He will be in Estevan at the end of July to offer his thoughts on the exhibit.

Hide will stay at the EAGM until August 23.

Also new to the EAGM is Shoshana Coodin's Nature's Detail in Gallery No. 2.

Nature's Detail features artwork inspired by a number of places Coodin has visited. There are works that reflect the places she has lived for an extended period of time, and others that are part of more fleeting moments.

She works in various mediums, including photography, beading and embroidery.

It will remain at the EAGM until June 21.


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