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Date: March 10 • 2023
End date: May 4 • 2023
Online: March 17 to May 4, 2023
The work in this show is comprised of a few older works and many new iterations of “Meltdown”. In early March 2020, a show of this theme was installed at Place des Arts. A few days after the exhibition was installed, the world shut down, and the work went largely unseen. The relevance of this theme, relating to aspects of mental health, are more relevant in the current context. My own relationship to that theme, and the works themselves is much more personally poignant.
The following is the statement, unedited, from the 2020 version of Meltdown:
Vin Arora is interested in the art that emerges from perceived failures. This body of work celebrates what can be cultivated, learned and harvested from these fertile soils. Beyond the reference to technique and formal aspects of the artwork, Meltdown investigates issues of mental health, societal value of productivity, sleep deprivation and “busyness”. The work also reflects and reframes behaviours and conditions such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, hoarding and ADHD.
Where and how comfortably does a person with no diagnosis sit in relation to a blurry and translucent boundary? Where does spirituality enter the equation? How do we contain our thoughts? What is the shape of that container?