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Bev Pike

ABOVE: Bev Pike unrolling her painting.

Winnipeg artist Bev Pike is known for her large paintings made with gouache on paper. The artist names and renames her paintings with a certain postmodern impunity: they are never called "folded clothing" for example, but rather are named by reference to internal bodily organs, among other things. Bev Pike exhibited one of her large paintings at Gallery One One One, entitled, Women who presented an option of "eccentricity" and of "indigestibility"...the purification of society was legitimated as a cleansing...of the body politic..., an autobiographical book called, Autobiography of an Eccentric Line, and a video tape (her first video) entitled, Tarot for Activist Spinsters.

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Pike on her paintings: "I am interested in evoking entwined organs, tissue, and skins using tightly twisted woolen bundles and frayed selvages. This intensifies the metaphor in which the exoskeleton of clothing mutates into abdominal musculature. In work in progress, folds in the bundles expose polyps, nudibranchs, and tentacular protrusions of sub-aquatic organisms, from between their lips."
Pike painting

ABOVE: Bev Pike's painting Women who presented an option of 'eccentricity' and of 'indigestibility'...the purification of society was legitimated as a cleansing...of the body politic...,

Bev Pike was educated at the University of Alberta and the Alberta College of Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Optica in Montreal, AKA Gallery in Saskatoon, Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, and Latitude 53 in Edmonton, among other places. She has been a visiting artist at galleries and art schools across the country. She has been on the board of Mentoring Artists for Women's Art in Winnipeg (MAWA) and was Chairperson of MAWA in 1988.

On 24 January 2002 Bev Pike joined moderator Amy Karlinsky, Susan Close and Keith Louise Fulton for a discussion of spinsters in art and popular culture.

Bev Pike: The Spinster Project January 24 to February 22, 2002. Gallery One One One acknowledges generous support from: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Manitoba Arts Council, Video Pool, Susan Chafe, staff, volunteers. Gallery One One One, School of Art, Main Floor, FitzGerald Building, University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus, Winnipeg, MB, CANADA R3T 2N2 TEL:204 474-9322 FAX:474-7605

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