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11:11 (No Can Pop Factory), 2010-2012

Olia Mishchenko; Sandy Plotnikoff
Canada, 1980
3 sheets; pen and ink with holographic foil and electrostatic toner on wove paper
76.5 x 111.8 cm each
Purchased 2013
National Gallery of Canada (no. 45633.1-3)

Olia Mischenko is interested in social organization and the role that architecture plays in it. Her meticulous, yet quirky blueprints of improbable, even impossible structures propose playful new ways of being and living together. Based around notions of distillation and dematerialization, this drawing is the result of a collaborative exhibition with four Toronto-based artists, including Sandy Plotnikoff. Together, they designed the No Can Pop factory, where a clear, container-less, effectively non-existent substance would be produced; yet inevitably spills and evaporates into Plotnikoff’s nebulous clouds. Read as a palindrome – two sides of the 11:11 – Mishchenko’s parallel realities invoke balance and instability, symmetry and the uncanny, as well as openness to multiple viewpoints, (un)certainties and experiences.



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