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Reading the Line

Mar 20 – May 2, 2015 / Opening Mar 19 @ 7:00 PM

Reading the Line brings together five artists — Alma Alloro, Maggie Groat, Anne Low, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Lis Rhodes — for whom line is an integral compositional element. More than a visual structure, in these instances line serves as a code in which histories, ideas and narratives are embedded. From text, textiles and movement, to animated GIFs and 16mm film, the works in this exhibition negotiate the relationships between the reflexive and the utilitarian, the static and the performative.

Curated by Pablo de Ocampo


The exhibition includes two special events in conversation with the works presented in the gallery:

Performance by Tanya Lukin Linklater
Saturday, March 21st @ 2pm
Western Front Gallery
Free Admission

Drawing on themes of women’s labour and First Nations craft traditions, Tanya Lukin Linklater will present a performance in the gallery in collaboration with local dancer/choreographer Ziyian Kwan.


Screening of Lis Rhodes’ Light Music
Thursday, April 9th @ 8pm
Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front
Free Admission

Western Front presents a screening of Lis Rhodes’ 1975 film, Light Music. An iconic work of expanded cinema, the immersive two-channel 16mm film explores the indexical relationship between image and sound, using its structure to comment on the unseen role of women in 20th century music and art.


For more information (including photographic documentation of the exhibit and the exhibit brochure) please see