The exhibition looks at the farmer as inventor and augmenter: DIY traits passed down through generations. The objects created by the farmer, and reproduced by Hrabluik for video, form accidental portraits of the farmer as industrious, meticulous, fallible, and stoic. They also operate as analogies to the small-farm industry – an industry sometimes considered superfluous in light of new technologies. The objects (including a garbage burning oven, hydraulic wood chopper, water well, and appendages for a tractor) delineate examples of the composition and sculptural skills the farmer has developed, and when seen together their anthropomorphic nature recalls a magic realism that sets the stage for theatrics not normally associated with the above connotations.
Allison Hrabluik is currently completing postgraduate studies at the HISK in Antwerp. Hrabliuk has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and internationally. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Or Gallery and Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver, Mercer Union and Diaz Contemporary in Toronto, the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, MSVU Art Gallery in Halifax, the Market Gallery in Glasgow (Scotland), and Artspace in Adelaide (Austrialia).