See Everything/See Nothing
Scanned slides documenting Wanda Koop's exhibition, See Everything/See Nothing. The exhibition consisted of five large scale acrylic paintings that were displayed in the New Gallery's location at 516d 9th Avenue S.W., Calgary. The exhibition ran from May 8 to 30, 1998.

The paintings that formed See Everything/See Nothing were inspired by video recordings Koop made while traveling in Japan. She used the video recorder as a way to make visual notes of her experiences, then later transformed these impressions into paintings that were 3.0 x 4.0 metres in size. Rather than creating works explicitly about Japan, Koop used graphic, simple forms to share with the viewer her reaction to an unfamiliar country; with the possible exception of Screen--which hovers between being a fully abstract painting and a clear reference to Japanese paper screens--the works in the exhibition were not overtly referencing all things Japanese.

Although some of the imagery in Koop's paintings can be recognized as derived from real, everyday objects--a sundial, for example--the scale of the work and the focus on only parts of fragments of objects makes the familiar unfamiliar. With her re-presentation of these quotidian objects, Koop suggests to us that we are constantly both seeing everything and seeing nothing.
Description Sources
Tousley, Nancy. "Travel Fuels Artist's Work," The Calgary Herald, May 16, 1998

Koop, Wanda. See Everything/See Nothing. Catalogue to accompany the eponymous exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, February 14 to March 21, 1998.
Id number
exhibition image > slide
Year 1998
Coverage (yyyy-mm-dd) May 08 to May 30 1998
Credit line Images from the collection of The New Gallery
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Related entities
Wanda Koop, individual (was created by)
The New Gallery, gallery (was photographed by)
Related places
Main Space (was exhibited in)