Hannah Jickling + Reed H. Reed
February 4 to May 7, 2023
In Pinking Index, artists Hannah Jickling and Reed H. Reed present a new body of work that features an index of collagraphy and monoprints created from school ground refuse. Jickling and Reed are the artists behind Big Rock Candy Mountain—an ongoing project with elementary school students that produces edible art editions. These collaborative works are created in resistance to the cultures and industries that target children, as they seek to define new tastes and modes of production on eclectic terms. Known for their ability to turn the classroom into an exhibition site, the artists explore the ways in which adult interference often complicates a child’s ability to choose and self-direct, but also acknowledges the contradictory desires arising from collaboration between generations. Throughout the run of the show, the limited-edition poster Zig Zag Zillionaires will travel to a selection of Kelowna area classrooms, providing a link to in-Gallery workshops which repurpose material used in past Big Rock Candy Mountain projects.
Pinking Index continues this research and informative play by incorporating found materials generated through past participatory projects. The artists’ monoprints present an assortment of garbage gathered from school yards, while the collagraph print process removes all graphics and branding from popular playground contraband. Jickling and Reed aim to emphasize the surface material of industrially produced food by highlighting slick plastics, crushed foils, urgent tears, and zig-zag cuts.
Hannah Jickling and Reed H. Reed have been collaborating since 2006. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations and events which then circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. They currently live in and between Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil- Waututh and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in territories and teach at the Yukon School of Visual Arts.
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