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Jana Sterbak

Donald Young Gallery

Canadian artist Jana Sterbak is a quizzical thinker whose objects test a very broad range of issues. Although this exhibition included only four pieces, it seemed to overflow with ideas and possibilities. That she scrutinizes matters such as feminism, the modes of artistic presentation and reception, the meaning of labor, and the quality and aims of modern life comes as no surprise, but the assuredness with which she moves between these various issues is rather awe-inspiring.

Sterbak employs a range of media, materials, and technologies including kinetic sculpture, embroidery, mirrors, glass, and laser printing. Standard Lives, 1988, employs the latter. Here she has depicted a life journey for the modern Everyman or Everywoman on a broad band of transparent vinyl demarcated to suggest a measuring tape of the sort used in the garment industry. Little sequential images of infancy, childhood,

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