Melissa Brown: ‘Past Present Future’ on view June 15 – July 27, 2016. The title ‘Past Present Future’ points to a popular Tarot spread wherein the meaning of the card and the meaning of the position in the spread is used for fortune-telling.
Brown’s paintings and animations are often influenced by playing cards and other fantasy-related paper ephemera such as money and lottery tickets. During Nuit Blanche in 2009, she hosted ‘How To Win The Lottery’ in the Toronto financial district, a performance with the goal of winning the lottery with thousands of other people by playing identical sets of numbers.
In her installation at Magenta Plains, Brown displays large-scale, double sided paintings on corrugated aluminum in a configuration which discloses her personal Past, Present, and Future. On July 20, the spread will transform and reconfigure, aided by a performance conceived by Brown which involves a collective fortune-telling and divination reading for the public.
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