Lambton Heritage Museum will be hosting the video art show Strange Beauty: the Energy Industries of Lambton County by local artist Jane Austin.
This exhibit will be on display from July 15 through August 20 and is supported by Lambton’s Creative County Fund and The Ontario Arts Council. It explores the dichotomy of ambivalence and fascination, beauty and repulsion, good and bad – all present in the same work. The videos in the exhibit focus on different aspects of the energy and petro-chemical industries of Lambton County, as well as one of the newest energy industries, windmills.
“I am interested in the effects of movement upon the mood of the viewer,” says Austin. “The movements that attract my interest are those that I find mesmerizing or hypnotic, peaceful or agitating. If viewers watch for the duration of the clips, they can expect to experience a change in their mood.”
Austin has been a practicing artist for over 35 years. She has worked in the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. For the past few years Austin has been concentrating on video, photography and installation with an emphasis on landscape. Austin works from her studios in Petrolia and on Manitoulin Island.