Colette Urban: Incognito

Good morning everyone!

This week I had the chance to visit Museum London for my drawing class where I was able to see several different exhibitions, including Colette Urban: Incognito. Before going to the museum, I only knew a few things about her. I knew that she retired from being a professor at Western University in 2007 and that she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. She passed away June 16, 2013. Her exhibition really stood out to me because of the concepts that she interacted with in her work, but also through knowing that she used to teach in the very building that I go to everyday for art class.

A lot of her work consists of installation pieces and performance art that explores the themes of consumer culture and collecting. She uses a lot of seemingly banal objects and compiles them with a variety of materials to create art that is thought-provoking, yet many times humorous as well. There is an interactive puzzle-making piece breaks boundaries because it encourages viewers to be part of the art by trying to complete the puzzles. I love how the exhibition  displays some of her sketches to show the viewer the process of her project from beginning to end. Through the use of costumes and props, Colette is able to ask the viewer questions about identity and how people interact with the world around them. Here are some examples of work from the exhibition:

The exhibition will be running until January 5th, 2014 if anyone is interested in checking out the gallery themselves!

The series of artworks that truly inspired me is a series of ink and collage drawings. Each sketch is of a single figure created by choppy ink marks that is immersed in a distinct action. The collaged pieces of paper emphasize the movement of the figure.