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Wasting Techniques by Aileen Bahmanipour



Fri, Jan 29th, 2021 to Sat, Mar 13th, 2021


11:00 am to 4:00 pm


Aileen Bahmanipour is both image-maker and image-breaker in 'Wasting Techniques' at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

n 'Wasting Techniques', opening at the Alternator on January 29, Aileen Bahmanipour takes inspiration from milling machines, extraction tools, and other similar industrial machines that separate particles from materials.

In her exhibition, the Iranian-Canadian artist creates a series of complex drawings on clear acetate sheets, filling the space with manipulated drawings of diagrams and useful tools. Rendering the collection of overlapping drawings as illegible, messy scribbles, the artist has created what she describes as “useless drawings” that contradict the very purpose of drawing, which is to have something the viewer is able to see.

Using a “spitting machine” the artworks are regularly sprayed with squirts of water, which will overtime wash away the drawings and turn them into stains on the floor. Visitors will have multiple ways to interact with this exhibition, either in person, or over a live stream through 2 cameras the artist has set up, one in front of the transparent sheet and one behind.


Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna


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