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Join us for Fridays Live! at the Art Gallery of Windsor
Friday, January 21, 7 pm – 10 pm

Meet artists Kelly Mark and Sky Glabush, tour the exhibitions, enjoy live music, a cash bar, and create your own artwork in the studio. Take advantage of the fabulous shopping at the Uncommon Market gift shop and Art Rental and Sales and enjoy great food at Taste Bud Bistro!

About the exhibitions...

 

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Image: Kelly Mark, It's Just One God Damn Thing After Another 2009, powder coated aluminum, Courtesy of the Artist

Kelly Mark: Stupid Heaven
January 22 – April 10, 2011

An interest in everyday moments and monotonous activity is mixed in Kelly Mark's work with deadpan humour and self-deprecatory purpose. In some of her earliest works, she focused on obsessive collecting and filling time with virtually nonsensical tasks like counting the grains of salt in a salt-shaker. More recently, her focus has shifted away from filling time with her own activity to making her work or her own presence the frame by which to observe the flux of time, of repetition and events, and of ritual endeavor in the world. One series of photographs records the same mannequin in a changing window display over the period of a year; another series documents the multifarious improvisations by which people have managed to attach notes to broken parking meters. In Hiccup, a multi-channel video-recorded performance, the artist is seen spending an identical amount of time doing exactly the same thing in the same location over several days, and thereby highlights the constancy of change around her -- the weather, the light, traffic, people.

The current exhibition brings works from the late 1990s together with her recent interests in television, the medium which feeds on time as no other. Rather than taking issue with the content of television, however, Kelly Mark has been interested in the more oblique aspects of its presence, such as making installations that consist simply in the glow of the flickering light that it casts, specific to program genre -- Porn, Romance, and so on. The exhibition culminates in the four-room installation of the new feature length video mash-up, titled REM, which has been culled from over 170 different sources broadcast on TV and painstakingly edited together into a tour-de-force, dream-like narrative, where characters lose themselves in others, where time warps, reality turns into dream and back again. The story is shaped as if to wrest meaning out of the experience of channel surfing, including attention-span disorder which might be the temporal condition of television watching.

- Barbara Fischer


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Image: Sky Glabush, sun weeds 2010, oil on canvas, Courtesy Sky Glabush and MKG127

Sky Glabush: The Visible and the Invisible
January 15 – March 6, 2011

When I moved to London Ontario in 2006, my interest in the relationship between social space, architecture and modernism began to shift. I became interested in the way painting as a medium often exerts a strong influence on the way "place" is understood and seems to haunt the social imaginary. I am particularly interested in investigating and maybe renovating an early modern notion of the pictorial that draws on the discourse of painting's specific syntax and history, while finding expression in the local and familiar. It is a concern for imaging experience through the framework of the everyday that led to my interest in regionalism and its legacy here in Southern Ontario.

But instead of thinking about the regional as something embedded in the past, as a kind of reaffirmation, I sought to examine its relevance and register the distance between any initial radicality and its present state. I began to look at the legacy of artists like Jack Chambers and Greg Curnoe, whose work is grounded in an immediate concern for the local, but also connected to an understanding of contemporary art and the avant-garde. But the harder I looked the more fleeting and distant their influence seemed to be. Instead of thinking about this nostalgically or sentimentally, I attempted to absorb their ideas, to try and apply this notion of "realism" but with the awareness that their self-assured directness existed for me only as a faint signal. So the places I have chosen to paint rest on a liminal edge between the emphatic and the fleeting or ephemeral. These are places that are neither frenetically urban nor decoratively pastoral; not really inhabited but not empty wilderness either. In these paintings I have attempted to acknowledge the precedents of the past while remaining open and receptive to the specific and somewhat haunted quality of the familiar.

Sky Glabush was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia, and grew up alternating between the West Coast and the prairies. He moved to the Netherlands in 2000, where he was artist-in-residence at Haagweg 4 in Leiden for six months and soon after established a studio in Amsterdam and began to exhibit with Suzanne Biederberg. Glabush returned to Canada in 2003, and has accepted a faculty position in Studio Art at the University of Western Ontario.

Sky Glabush has had numerous exhibitions including shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Amsterdam, and Melbourne. He has had solo shows at the Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery, and Arch 2 Gallery (University of Manitoba). His work is in many public collections among them the Canada Council Art Bank, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta and the Bank of Montreal. Recent shows include "Renting" at MKG127 and "Hinterlands" Harbourfront. He is represented by MKG127 in Toronto.

Curated by Mandy Salter

 

For more information contact: Nicole McCabe, nmccabe@agw.ca, or 519-977-0013 ext. 134.
AGW 401 Riverside Drive, Windsor, ON N9A 7J1 www.agw.ca

 

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