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Carol Wainio, View from the exhibition "City Detour", 1986.

Vicky Marshall, Medrie MacPhee, Carol Wainio, Shirley Wiitasalo
From April 26th 1986 to May 24th 1986
City Detour

"Optica Gallery has assembled four well-known Canadian women painters who are using the canvas in new ways. Their energies are not directed towards visual representation, visual abstraction, or minimalism. They are using the picture plane of their canvas as a space to represent internal dialogues about multiplicity of sensory perceptions and cognitive impressions of the late 1980's.

Perhaps most intriguing are the productions of Carol Wainio. They are dialogues between types of systems, "between History and history, between private and public space, between Nature and Culture, between conscious and unconscious"—all woven into a network of balanced tensions. Rather than revealing "truths" , Wainio reveals the invalidity of distinctions established between systems. In particular, her painting "Structures of Memory", 1986, aligns figures that are in states of transition due to a world which is full of discordant realities. There are figures that live in recentily extince past: the poetry of the real world of the street, open space, and buildings. Other figures clutch microphones and wires: they accept the electronic environment of mass media and computers as the true reality of present and future. They accept the superimposing of new rationale over what has gone before. This is truly the sensory dilemma for the young adult of the late twentientch century.

The three other painters, Shierly Wiitasalo, Vicky Marshall, and Medrie MacPhee also submit interesting new conjunctions concerning realignments of perceptual and emotional worlds. Their visual space is their language for their internal dialogues. "

Reinblatt, Melanie, "Optica's new Women", in Montreal Mirror, May 1986, vol. 1, # 17 page: 18.

Bibliographie
Daigneault, Gilles, « Expositions » in Le Devoir, Samedi 17 mai 1986, page c-11.
Dumont, Jean, « Un printemps qui s'installe », Montréal ce Mois-ci, mai 1986, pages 24-26.
Reinblatt, Melanie, "Optica's new Women", Montreal Mirror, May 1986, vol. 1, # 17, p. 18.