From April 04 2008 to May 04 2008
A Wisdom of Crones
RAMUNE LUMINAIRE, Big Cedar (ON)
Upon entering the gallery space, you are confronted by the images of 13 naked women, aged between 50 and 86. Each life sized charcoal drawing holds your gaze and looks you in the eye. In her new exhibition, A Wisdom of Crones, artist Ramune Luminaire responds to the societal connotations associated with the pejorative term “crone”. Luminaire invites us to question and reassess our assumptions about older women and consider her subjects as unique individuals, each with a story to tell. An artist book and audio exploration, that both document the drawing process, will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit. Luminaire's collaborator, Mira Coviensky has created an artist’s book written and drawn by Luminaire, containing stories and illustrations of each of the female subjects, while Sam Allison offers a CD of tone poetry that uses extracts of conversation taped during each sitting. Ramune Luminaire was born in Montreal but lived and trained as an artist in London, England. She holds a Fine Art honours degree from St Martins and Camberwell Colleges of Art and has shown sculpture, installations and drawings in galleries and museums in England, Norway and Canada. Mira Coviensky is an established Toronto-based artist. Her work is in the artist’s book collections of over 40 museums and libraries world wide including MOMA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Fisher Rare Book Library. Sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Allison holds a diploma in composition and jazz performance from Humber College and now performs and composes music for film and television in his studio in Kingston, Ontario.