Karen Ramussen – The Caution Lounge – what’s the big deal? – The Rectory Art House – 179 Murray – ByWard Zone

Karen Ramussen – The Caution Lounge – what’s the big deal? – The Rectory Art House – 179 Murray – ByWard Zone

Location: ByWard zone

Description: The Caution Lounge – what’s the big deal? is an installation about the pervasiveness and persuasiveness of hype and how we can deal with it. It’s a place where we can practice our critical thinking.

The Caution Lounge is an installation about the pervasiveness and persuasiveness of hype and how we can deal with it. The chamber flirts with the tactics of hype to give us a place where we can practice our critical thinking. One way to handle hype.

Hype is all around us. Offers of more exciting lives and sensational selves abound. So do dire warnings of threat and catastrophe. Hype can entice us – could our lives be better? Hype can purposely exclude us – are we missing out? Hype can even transform our legitimate concerns into over-the-top terrors. Once we succumb to excessive desires or fears, it’s usually too late to wonder if we’ve been manipulated. Or to try to figure out how. In The Caution Lounge, we can pause and think about our choices. We can take a deep breath and ask ourselves – “what’s the big deal?”.

Bio: My work is usually about our essential desires and fears: desires for meaning and worth, independence, belonging, health; fears of loss, failure, aging, death. The usual suspects.

The installations and pieces I construct are visually and physically evocative forms of these common concerns. They are often human scale so we can be inside them, or at least sense our connection to them. A sort of exploratory 3D Social Psychology that is open and welcoming, rather than academic or didactic.

For me, how an art piece is made, and what it is made from, are both integral to its meaning. When method and material are united, what the work is about comes across clearer and stronger. This interdependence of process, materials, and meaning, encourages viewers to simultaneously feel and think about a work. Making visual art is my way of figuring something out and sharing what I’m learning.