Katie Barron: Odd and Unusual
2019 RISE Emerging Artist Exhibition

  August 19, 2019 — September 15, 2019

Program Fee: FREE!


Baby bottles stuffed with candy and toy horses suspended in bright blue Jello — emerging artist Katie Barron aims to delight and confuse with the opening of her first solo show, Odd and Unusual

Odd and Unusual recognizes spontaneous associations created by our minds throughout day-to-day life by building off what we interact with on a regular basis – food, it speaks to all on a basic level. Lines between what belongs and what does not are blurred through paintings of food and nostalgic objects.  

At first glance, the works that constitute Odd and Unusual appear to be photographs; however, upon closer inspection, they reveal themselves as hyper-detailed oil paintings. Subjects of Barron's work mainly include decadent foods transformed by the addition of an unusual and often uncomfortable element. Painted in vibrant colours with deep shadows on black backgrounds, they are reminiscent of Baroque oil paintings, yet modern and youthful. 

“I want to surprise people,” Barron says, “I want to completely defy the expectations of what belongs together. A lot of the foods in my paintings are things that I savoured as a child, and I think the strangeness of the combinations of subjects kind of adds to that child-like appeal. A lot of people will relate to at least some of the pieces; there is familiarity in my paintings even if they are paired with strange additions.”

Katie began oil painting while visiting Australia in 2018 and is entirely self-taught. Though oil painting is relatively new to her, she has been passionate about art from a very young age and experimented with many mediums before settling on oils. Earlier this year, she received Canmore's 2019 Lamphouse Endowment for the Arts: Emerging Artist Bursary. Her work often includes surreal combinations of food and other simple indulgences.

Barron questions preconceived notions about what we may combine and what should be left separate. Exploring opposing yet harmonious elements in deeply contrasting lighting, she places the spotlight on the strange among us. 

Prepare to be entranced and bewildered by Barron's mouthwatering, albeit odd food paintings.

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RISE Emerging Artist Program

RISE is an annual exhibition and mentorship program developed by artsPlace to offer Alberta artists the opportunity to educate, exhibit, sell, and promote their artistic practice within the Bow Valley. The goal of RISE is to cultivate Alberta’s emerging artists by pairing an exhibition opportunity with mentorship by a local art professional. Participating artists build experience in exhibition design, installation and professional practice. RISE fosters a strong community awareness of contemporary arts practices and prepares new-generation artists for a professional career in the arts. RISE exhibitions are held at the artsPlace Hub Gallery, and are free and open to the public.