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June 11, 2022 - January 8, 2023 Curated by Jaimie Isaac, Chief Curator

A show of visual bravura, this group exhibition presents ways and wills to be adorned and embellished with cultural traditions and a forecast of futurisms. Mavericks of design and radical thinking, these artists convey knowledge of material to weave, rethink, reshape, remix, collect, collage, splice and mend to produce original works of art in fashion. The fast fashion garment industry’s impact is significant – clothing waste and pollution are a reality, considering sustainably sourced and produced fashion is environmentally, socially and politically apropos. The works exhibited in Adorned will present style and identity beyond aesthetics and beauty, exploring cultural expressions, histories, futurisms and materiality.

The exhibition features works by Canadian artists; Dana Claxton, Karin Jones, Adeyemi Adegbesan, Sho Sho Esquiro, Atelier COĪN by Cameron Ray Lizotte, Meghann O’Brien, FarLee Mowat, Simranpreet Anand, Ay Lelum: The Good House of Design, and  Simranpreet Anand. In addition, historical items from the AGGV collection are included. 


(L-R): Dana Claxton, Headdress – Dana, 2019; Installation shot from The Baroness Elsa Project at Carleton University Art Gallery 2021 (Photo by Justin Wonnacott); Headdress – Dee, 2019. LED fireboxes with transmounted chromogenic transparencies. Courtesy of the artist.
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