Are you your Facebook profile?
In the era of status updates, photo sharing websites and profile pictures, one's image and the identity one presents to the world is more important, changeable and multi-dimensional than ever before.
Brooklyn-based David Horvitz, and Metro Vancouver-based Eryne Donahue and Roselina Hung - three of the artists from Surrey Art Gallery's current exhibition, Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses, unite Saturday afternoon to discuss artist self-representation and the embodiment of other identities in an age of social media. This panel discussion, dubbed "Self Impersonations & Other Attractions," takes place Nov. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Donahue has been making images using her own likeness for close to a decade. Her work deals with ideas around identity and how we structure and organize our self-definitions through technologies. She teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
The Los Angeles-born Horvitz is a watercolour painter, gimmick developer, photographer and performance artist known for his often bizarre and absurdist DIY instructional projects, including work on Wikipedia. Recurring interests across these disciplines include attention to how we circulate information and to the impermanence of digital artifacts.
Hung is a visual artist who works predominately in portraiture that explores the artifice in representations of histories in popular culture.
Surrey Art Gallery is currently presenting three exhibitions on the theme of self-representation. Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses and Echoes of the Artist: Works from the Permanent Collection are on view through Dec. 16. Closing on Sunday, Nov. 18 is MIRROR MIRROR, a juried exhibition of self-portraits, at 13750 88th Ave. The gallery is online at www.surrey.ca/arts.