Ramolen Laruan
Yas Nikpour
Zhizi Wang

May 8-18, 2018
Hours: Wed-Fri 2-7pm, Sat 12-5pm
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 8, 6-8pm

Satellite Project Space
121 Dundas St, London, ON

1. an example of psychomotor agitation where a person walks around a room, usually because of mental stress or anxiety (without a particular destination)
2. an athletic technique of spreading one’s effort out over longer-distance (to avoid overexertion)

Pacing is a group exhibition by Ramolen Laruan, Yas Nikpour Khoshgrudi, and Zhizi Wang. All three artists are current MFA candidates at Western University.

Ramolen Laruan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto and London, ON. Laruan received her BFA at Queen’s University with a minor in art history in 2018. Her artistic practice explores with a variety of medium ranging from painting, printmaking, collage, installation, film, and other digital work to offer new patterns of thinking about displacement, politics of belonging and cultural hybridity. Her installation, hole in my pocket, consists of various denim pieces created with the patchwork method to explore the role of mobility in self-formation. By fragmenting and stitching found materials, Laruan investigates the processes of negotiations in developing a post-colonial identity.

Yas Nikpour Khoshgrudi is a multidisciplinary artist based in London, ON. She completed her Bachelor of Painting at Tehran University of Art. Her artworks invoke feelings of nostalgia and melancholy within physical reality and virtual immersion. Through her creations, she focuses on self-awareness through digital experiences. Her work, Virtual Pilgrimage, intents to imagine a state in which the lived experience comes from both a virtual space and real life. The primary conception that Khoshgrudi follows is that the core of our psychic life takes place in virtual reality, where each of us is a subject of imagination. Within these ongoing mental representations of the self, spatial positionality emerges, and we become aware of our second selves within the virtual experiences as a mirror of the mind.

Zhizi Wang is a multimedia artist based in London and Toronto, ON and holds her BFA from OCAD University. Her works look into the absurdity of the everyday imagery and negotiate the condition of subjectivity within the digital image culture. IJPG, Wang carried a printed board of broken image icon to cover her body and walked around the cityscape of Toronto. Hiding the body with an image icon, Wang questions how the individual is seen and situated in an ever-changing and image-saturated cityscape.

IMG_9259Zhizi Wang, JPG, multichannel video, 2017.