Visual + Digital Arts Open Lecture: Vikky Alexander

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Vikky Alexander

The Visual Arts Open Lectures presents talks by leading Canadian and international artists, curators and academics. Join Dark Arts faculty Vikky Alexander for this talk.

Vikky Alexander has played an active part in Canadian and international art communities over the last 25 years.  She received her Bachelor of Fine arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and was a Full professor at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia until 2016. Alexander’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada and the United States, Europe and Asia. Alexander’s work is characterized by her ongoing consideration of illusion and material desires framed within the language of architecture and design.  Since the early 1980’s Alexander has investigated cultural appropriation and substitution of nature as it is manifest in mass market interior design items such as photomurals of scenic landscapes, wood veneers and decorative mirrors. Her photographs, collages, drawings, installations and sculptural work recognize the artificial as a place for utopian fantasy; a surreal space where the natural is recreated in an improved or even perfected form.  Through her examination of the formal signs of photography, architecture, and design, she brings to the fore discussions of capitalism, commodification, fantasy and cultural longing.