The famous Confusion Corner sign inspired a Winnipeg painter
Travel the world and you’ll never find an intersection quite like Confusion Corner.
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out of the corner
By Andrew S. Hiebert
Artlington Studios, 618 Arlington St.
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As of April 23
Enter it for the first time and you are an accident waiting to happen.
The intersection that includes Osborne and Donald streets, Corydon Avenue and the Pembina Freeway is an urbanist’s version of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree: the latest urban design that everyone would choose, but the one that is now part of Winnipeg’s psyche.
So much so that the Confusion Corner sign on Osborne, just south of the traffic jam, has become a symbol of the city surpassed only by the various Winnipeg Jets logos.
This arrow-filled emblem is the inspiration for Winnipeg artist Andrew S. Hiebert and his new exhibition out of the cornerwhich is on display at Artlington Studios — another Winnipeg curio — at 618 Arlington St.
“People said it was abstract street sign art and I totally agree,” he says. “It’s round. It’s straight. It’s sharp. It’s smooth. It’s ambiguous in direction and it’s so rich in possibilities. I love it.
“I love the name and the idea that there’s a place of confusion. People can get lost, and yet in that place you can always get out, and if you know what you’re doing, you can get through everything smoothly.”
Hiebert has taken advantage of these opportunities and the COVID-19 pandemic to create some 30 paintings on wood and canvas that use the form depicted on the panel and elevate it beyond the usual feelings it elicits from motorists. , such as anger, frustration and despair. .