If you can put a can of soup in a gallery and call it art, why not a Tim Hortons coffee cup?
That's precisely what Guelph's Ed Video Media Arts Centre is doing at the SUPERMARKET art fair in Stockholm. It's displaying Gabriel Parniak's "Twenty-Four Ounces of Misrepresentation," a fully-beaded Timmy Ho's cup, and drawing enormous interest for the work online.
Ed Video program director Scott McGovern posted a picture of Parniak's piece on the Canada sub-Reddit on Thursday. It was top of the list with over 400 comments on Friday morning.
"So does the artist, I think," replied another user.
Collage is a prominent theme in Parniak's work. His pieces critique Canadiana by using materials such as paint, beads and newspaper clippings.
He explains on his website:
Power structures are lampooned, while the construction of our personal narratives and social views are called to question. Moments of quasi-Canadiana are prevalent throughout as mysterious as the condition of contemporary Canadian identity itself.
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