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Megan Morman, Now You See It, production detail, 2013. Vinyl installation, dimensions variable.
In this new commission for Manning Hall, Now You See It by Megan Morman, the artist has turned the walls of the Gallery into a large-scale word search puzzle. While this work is designed to be an interactive game, it also celebrates and calls attention to numerous artists whose artwork help make up the AGA’s permanent collection—their names now literally part of the walls for this exhibition. Viewers are encouraged to become active participants as they try to solve the word puzzle and discover all 280 names.
Through the development of installations, toys and games that function both as works of art and teaching tools, Morman explores the role of the artist as provocateur, cultural community member as well as educator. For Morman, play is an integral part of the work as it encourages participation and social exchange that is fundamental to how art and ideas circulate in the world.
Megan Morman currently lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. Her work frequently incorporates humour, irony and active audience engagement and examines the ways in which cultural communities and group membership is established through storytelling, gossip and play
Initiated in the fall of 2011, the Manning Hall commission series provides a unique opportunity for the AGA to support the creation and exhibition of new, site-specific works by Alberta artists.
Please note: Manning Hall is one of the AGA’s rental spaces. Please call our Member and Guest Services desk to confirm this exhibition is available for viewing on the day you wish to visit: 780-392-2500.