“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
-Ursula K Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
Catalog of Uncertainty is a new body of screen printed work by Alicia Nauta. These images are windows into past, present and future realities. Different environments, interior and exterior, show glimpses of troubled landscapes and strange rooms. The compositions are at times alienating due to scale, arrangement of objects, and clashing dimensional planes. There is a total absence of human figures; spaces are instead inhabited by plants and abandoned or warped architecture. Some pose questions with no one answer, ruminating on the possibilities found in the uncertain and unwritten future. The images reflect on the dualities and exchanges present in all forms of human and natural life: with light, there is darkness; with progress, there is decline. Environmental degradation, the natural vs manufactured world, abstracted and psychedelic reality, domestic space and human belonging are key themes that are explored.
Illustrations collected from earlier publications, such as home decor guides from the 60's and 70's, botanical guides and encyclopedias, and pre-computer graphic design manuals, form the basis of the work. The images are then manipulated by photocopying, cut and paste, and finally screen printed.
Opening reception: Thursday, April 6, 6-9pm
Likely General, 389 Roncesvalles ave, Toronto.
Exhibition runs April 6- April 30th
Alicia Nauta is an artist living and working in Toronto. All her work is part of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe: collage, screenprinting, installation, wallpaper, books and zines, and a growing collection of found oddities for a future museum. She is member of Punchclock, a Toronto print studio, and has taught screenprinting and other DIY workshops at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the AGO Youth Free After Three program. She regularly tables at the NY and LA Art Book fairs with publications and prints. Her work has been exhibited at Printed Matter (US), Kogenchecho (JP), Possible Worlds (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario, Katherine Mulherin, Artscape Youngplace, and Art Metropole, as well as permanent wallpaper installations at Double Double Land and Likely General.
We would like to acknowledge this sacred land on which Likely General is situated. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River.