Three days in a remote cave located near the town of Hasankeyf in Eastern Turkey, Daniel J Kirk explored the notion of cave painting. With no food and no human contact he allowed the creative process to guide his painting while intending to raise questions about graffiti, vandalism and culture. The idea of a “retreat” was investigated and now presented in kavernous isolata ii, an experience that offers insight into isolation, chaotic of stream of consciousness and creative process.
Knox + Visscher employ components of sculpture, drawing and painting that reflect both the human body and infrastructure; consequently also, the intersection between interior and exterior space. Working intuitively, the work is imbued with a sense of other and of the uncomfortable: home-like but on the verge of collapse, sheltering yet fragile. An inaccessible barrier exists between our consciousness and subconscious or rather the internal and external systems that we reside in. As George Santayana, the Spanish- American philosopher-poet, suggests, "[t]he heavens are the most constant things we know, the skies the most inconstant... it is a prejudice to suppose that instability must be sad or must be trivial" (Cloud Castles).
Incorporating shadows found in situ, Lam considers the physical traces of objects, studying their shapes not only as an absence of light but also as an attempt to capture their temporary presence. Through this simple omission, Shadow explores how the visual residue of the shadow relates to memory and loss, and by extension, how objects are assigned value and meaning.
Warren 2 is a sculptural installation, referencing both international modernist architecture and the anxiety about the built environment that informs the experience of urban life. It is part model, part sculpture, a runaway hybrid that hovers between drawing, object and incipient chaos.
Eternal Questions; Question Eternity utilizes the idea of the window not only as a frame for something seen but also as a physical barrier for something perhaps unseen. The essential functions of the window in conjunction with personal experience merge realities of life, death and the delicate division that may or may not exist between them.
The Options That Are Offered To Us: The Least Likely / The Most Tolerable is an immersive installation in two parts, using the architectural elements delimiting the space of the gallery to articulate multiple streams of thought through simple formal play. Using the screen printed poster as matter and for its topographical marker qualities, this work ignores traditional hanging conventions and tries to articulate the work and the space containing it as one sentence, regardless of its semantics.
SERIPOP (Yannick Desranleau & Chloe Lum)
Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum have worked together since 2000 and started the SERIPOP project in 2002. They have exhibited and given talks in Canada and abroad, notably at The Blackwood Gallery at University of Toronto, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen, Scotland, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria and University of North Texas in Denton. They were recently part of the Quebec Triennial 2011 at Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. Their work is represented in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Until 2012, Lum and Desranleau also belonged to Avant-Rock trio AIDS Wolf.
Ground Truth pairs the work of two artists individually exploring technology, landscape, topography and photography. Rutkauskas’ Virtually There explores the impact of online research and technology on wilderness recreation. Zalamea’s Pierre/Paysage (meaning Stone/Landscape) began as a response to an architectural maquette by Canadian artist and architect Katherine Lapierre, resulting in deconstructed studies of material, light, shadow and transparency.
Virtual Capacities explores the space between potential and actual as the site of creative/philosophical production. Employing techniques of “virtual photography” Hampton recreates images from art history, physics, philosophy and elsewhere that recede into an anonymous monochromatic void.