Friday, November 15, 2019, 12:00 pm to Saturday, December 14, 2019, 5:00 pm

Beginning Nov. 15, Open Space artist-run centre presents Mass, a multidisciplinary exhibition by locally-based artist Leah McInnis featuring new works that string together the multiple meanings of the word. 
In Mass, painting, sculpture, and architectural intervention conspire to provoke a re-evaluation of one’s relationship to constructed space. McInnis writes: “‘Mass’ implies an unknowable amount, just large enough to be vague. It is a gathering of subjects: overwhelming, amorphous, shifting. Or, the weight of an intangible concept (reality?).  Mass defines physical space — something that can be discovered through equations. Fulfilling many different roles in the syntax of language, mass is always both a thing and an idea; it is something we are a part of. Something that we can give or receive. We can hold it or watch it slip away or feel it welling up inside us, watch it from the window. A force, an object, or an idea.”
In Mass, McInnis offers links to the interior space of thinking, offering form to one’s thoughts, while in turn acting to shape our perceptions of how to experience time within a gallery, in an artist-run centre, in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in the Pacific Ocean, et cetera…
The exhibition will run in the gallery through Dec. 14, 2019. Open Space will hold a reception for the work Friday, Nov. 22 from 7-9 p.m. Leah McInnis will present a talk/performance entitled “Economy of Thought” on Saturday, November 23 from 2 to 4p.m.
Leah McInnis is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, designer, writer and collaborator currently based in Victoria, BC, in Lekwungen Territories. The work she makes is in addition to ongoing nomadic collaborations with Mope Collective and Club Assembly. Her practice is shaped by recent residencies in Gaspé, QC, Edmonton, AB and Haukijärvi, Finland. McInnis is a graduate of the University of Victoria’s MFA program. She also holds a BFA (ECUAD), BA (UofA) and a Diploma of Fine Arts (MacEwan). She was born and grew up in Fort McMurray, AB.