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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Closed for installation
until June 7, 2024

Admission always free
3 Feb 87until28 Feb 87

Julie Duschenes

Collapse of the Wave Function

555 Hamilton St

Three paintings on the walls of a gallery. The paintings are in square frames of different sizes and colours. All of the paintings show different sets of dishes from above, on colourful backgrounds.

This series continues Duschenes' investigation into the genre of still life, begun over eight years ago. For this exhibition, she is using still life to translate a method of describing events from quantum mechanics to visual art. Collapse of the Wave Function refers to the theory which states that multiple probabilities revert to a single reality, and the artist follows this idea to allow for its metaphorical value to emerge.

The paintings originate from dinner settings. They are pre-determined yet random events which quickly become symbols for both interaction and formal arrangements. They then move into the realm of choice and separation. Duschenes portrays objects usually situated in a table setting, now transposed into a specific configuration which speaks of perception while illuminating the act of perceiving.

"When I am painting in the deliberate manner to which I am devoted, I am painting in a way which is wholly conscious, corralling all conscious and unconscious thought in a tight enclosure so that they mill around appearing and disappearing.” (Julie Duschenes)

Guest curated by Jill Pollack