Local artist exploring new horizons in latest exhibit

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For local artist Laura Gross, process is key.

Gross’s latest show, Evolution: Iterative Mind, opens on July 14 and runs through July 26 at cre8ery gallery (125 Adelaide St.). The work collected in the show spans the last two years, with a focus on abstract colours and textures.

Honeycomb Mask by Laura Gross is included in her new exhibit, Evolution: Iterative Mind.

“Right after my last show, my work found a new niche,” Gross said. “I discovered new ways to play with texture and colour. There’s lots to look at on a small canvas.”

Working mostly with square canvasses, this latest show also features some scultptures, including a large, multimedia installation.

“It’s a festival of experience, based on misheard song lyrics from my youth,” Gross said.

“The show, I think, is really well named,” Gross added. “It’s all about my process of creating as I create. I do not have a finished goal in mind. Everything you see in this show is stuff that was made in real time, I guess. I think that’s really cool.”

Born and raised in Transcona, Gross grew up in an artistic environment before studying at Sheridan College’s Technical Theatre Arts diploma program where she specialized in scenic painting, carpentry, and prop construction.

“That’s the closest I got to going to art school,” Gross, who graduated from the program in 2003, said. “After that, I did none of that as a career. I did continue to play around and experiment with painting and drawing.”

While Gross did not pursue a career in the arts, her career as an analyst in the software development industry has had an impact on her creative work.

“I do a lot of training and PowerPoint presentations and visuals, ways to present data, so all that artistic flair,” Gross said. “My work definitely comes into the process. There’s a lot of concepts from software developments that go into how I start and continue a project. That took a long time to learn, how not to abandon a project.”

Evolution: Iterative Mind runs July 14 to 26 at cre8ery. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. For more information, see cre8ery.com/portfolio/evolution

Sheldon Birnie

Sheldon Birnie
Community Journalist

Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at sheldon.birnie@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7112

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