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December 8, 2012
The Synthetic Age:
Fine Arts Faculty at the University of Regina
and First Nations University of Canada
at MacKenzie Art Gallery
December 8, 2012 - April 14, 2013

"We live in an increasingly synthetic world. Fields are sown with genetically modified crops, the clothes on our backs are polyester blends, our relationships are increasingly virtual, most of what we touch is manufactured. Our synthetic age, with its increasing air of unreality, is a result of creative imagination, the human compulsion to draw out relationships, to form narratives, or to realize as-of-yet undiscovered possibilities.

As specialized institutions devoted to such activities, universities are also synthetic environments. As places for synthesis — for the discovery of hidden relationships and the creation of new ones — universities are also commonly described as existing apart from “the real world”. Art inhabits a similarly abstracted territory."

This exhibition of work by the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada’s Fine Arts Faculty provides an opportunity to reflect on the role that both institutions play in shaping our cultural lives and how changes in this group of influential artists and researchers affects and mirrors changes within our broader community. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media representing over 25 faculty members and instructors from the departments of Theatre, Media Production and Studies, Music, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Visual Art.

A partnership between the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada. Organized with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, the City of Regina, and the University of Regina.

(Image: 'Cultural Exchange (Quilt)', oil on canvas, by David Garneau)

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