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Rebpun (In)bind
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As part of 'IN THE ROUND', a group exhibition at Graven Feather
Venue: 906 Queen Street West, M6J 1G9, Toronto, ON, Canada
Opening reception: 7th November 2013
Exhibition Dates: 1st-30th November 2013 (HOURS: THURS - SAT 12-7pm)
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Among the Kelabit people of the highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia, repbun is the word for smoke. The hearth in a traditional Kelabit longhouse is known as the tetel. This series highlights household items and traditional activities, including socializing and resting, centered on the tetel.

The Kelabit make up one of the smallest indigenous groups in Malaysia. As a Kelabit, but one with very little knowledge of the Kelabit language, I am using this opportunity to explore memory, and to highlight the increasing irrelevance of traditional household objects to modern Kelabit living.

In the spirit of democratic and accessible art-making and experience, Graven Feather Studio & Gallery will be hosting the work of more than one hundred artists through the month of November. In the 1st annual exhibition of IN THE ROUND, artists will be showcasing multiple pieces of art on small 4-inch circular supports provided for this fun and innovative group show. Come and see this beautiful collection of small rounds!

Responding to a country-wide call-out, each artist was given carte blanche on 6 small disks, with the only caveat being that they respect the dimensions of the circle. Un-juried and without limits on materials or theme--the result is an extensive constellation of varied and exquisitely produced circular art.

"The feedback and variety of submissions has been amazing! And the work far surpasses our expectations. We wanted to find way to reach out to new artists, to make it fun and interesting, and to have it be something that anyone could do in their own way" say directors Erin Candela and Pam Lobb, co-founders of the venue. Graven Feather, which has been open to the public for two years, has a mandate to show emerging artists and to be an accessible and open forum for art and creativity. It operates as both a studio and workshop space as well as a gallery.

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