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Colette Urban: Gambler

Try and solve a mountain of puzzle pieces in this interactive sculpture.

Colette Urban's art practice has explored the manner in which artworks might also function as games to play and perform.

Gambler consists of thousands of loose jigsaw puzzle pieces piled upon a custom-designed industrial work table. This interactive sculpture was inspired by the urban transformations of Vancouver’s False Creek lands during Expo 86. Gambler invites visitors to sort, assemble, and dismantle the pieces. While visitors work on the sculpture, a soundtrack of an active bingo parlour plays in the room.

On one hand, Gambler represents the overwhelming fragmentation of information in our daily lives. It also asserts the human need to create— to make sense of the many images that come across our path.

About the Artist

Colette Urban (1952–2013) was a Canadian artist known for her performance art, sculpture, and installations that often took on a humorous tone. Urban taught at the University of Western Ontario until her retirement. Museum London held a survey of her work in 2013.

Celebrate the launch of this exhibit at our opening reception Saturday, January 19.

Image credit: Colette Urban, Gambler, 1986, painted steel, jigsaw puzzles with audio. Collection of Surrey Art Gallery.