The Estevan Art Gallery and Museum unveiled two new exhibits during a reception held on Friday.
The gallery’s former director/curator Griffith Aaron Baker set up his latest work, called Discards, while Tim Moore’s Hybrid was also on display to the public.
Baker, who is now based in Prince Albert, was on hand to speak about his work.
The Discards exhibit draws its name from the material used, as the works are largely made from used compact discs and DVDs.
The most elaborate part of the exhibit, called Continuity and Disgrace, consists of nine globes, all with various shapes cut from CDs on their surface.
Baker said the work was influenced by Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, a bronze sculpture created by Italian Futurist Umberto Boccioni in 1913.
Baker said he used a scroll saw with a 300-grit diamond blade to cut the discs used in Continuity and Disgrace and several other works in the collection.
The exhibit, which Baker said was about five or six years in the making, also includes several drawings made by tracing around the leftover disc pieces from the other projects.
Baker compared the unique cuts and angles in the CDs to those of topographical maps.
“If you look at a compact disc underneath a microscope, you actually see the same sort of valleys and ridges that you see in a topographical map, albeit much more mechanized, but the notion is the same.”
He compared Discards to a previous exhibit where he made sculptures out of bottle caps, in the sense that both made use of waste materials.
“I found a whole bunch of bottle caps and it sort of led to an entire body of work that spanned seven or eight years,” Baker said.
“Same thing with this. I think this is just the start. It’s hard to make enough work for an exhibition in as big and as beautiful a space as this, but eventually we’ll just keep adding to it and adding to it and hopefully something will materialize in some sort of conceptual meaning.”
Moore’s exhibit, meanwhile, includes collages, drawings, paintings and sculptures exploring the notion of personal and collective identities as a means of investigating what it means to be Métis.
The collection includes roughly 20 works, ranging from wall-mounted collages on wood to floor-mounted works depicting unique takes on everyday items.
Baker’s exhibit will be on display at the EAGM until April 28, while Moore’s work will be there until April 21.