The Dunlop Art Gallery presents:
Kyle Herranen: Hierarchy
May 26 to August 9, 2012
Opening Reception and Artist's Talk: Saturday, June 2 at 1:00 pm
The elegantly crafted works in Regina artist Kyle Herranen's solo exhibition Hierarchy are deceptively irreverent, with a beauty that belies their conceptual trickiness. A legacy project of sorts, Herranen has used the materials of his mother's and father's craft-based practices – sewing and woodworking, respectively – to make sculptural objects that speak the language of painting. In these pieces, cotton print fabrics and gleaming hardwood veneers are fused together within layers of resin, organized in concise and formalist compositions that recall the hard line abstractions of the late Modernist period, as well as the traditional blocking and inlay patterns found in quilting and fine woodworking.
With subtle humour, Herranen subverts the tenets of modernist painting, embracing hybridity as a strategy and creating works that derive their tension through uneasy pairings. Makore hardwood from Cameroon, West Africa and faux-bois fabric from Ikea, the ubiquitous Swedish home furnishings retailer, are arranged in a composition reminiscent of Barnett Newman's Voice of Fire. A minimalist landscape is fashioned from horizontal bands of earthy-toned fleur-de-lys printed broadcloth, separated by a swath of rosewood veneer. These pieces are simultaneously kitsch and high art, painting and sculpture, flat and full of depth, trompe l'oeil and non-representational, assisted Readymades and handcrafted originals. In creating these works, with their multiple and mixed lineages, Herranen refuses to submit to hierarchical categories that value "high art" over "craft" or engender certain media as "masculine" or "feminine." In doing so, he addresses his influences, his histories and his enduring affinity for craft and materiality.
About the Artist:
Regina-based sculptor and installation artist Kyle Herranen was born in Espanola, Ontario, and studied at Sheridan College (1997), York University (BFA 2004) and the University of Regina (MFA 2008). Herranen has exhibited both provincially and nationally, and his sculptural works are represented in numerous public and private collections including the Dunlop Art Gallery, The University of Regina, and the City of Regina. Herranen is represented by the Nouveau Gallery in Regina.
Dunlop Art Gallery
Regina Public Library, Sherwood Village Branch
6121 Rochdale Boulevard
Regina, Saskatchewan S4X 2R1
Monday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Dr. Curtis Collins, Director
The Dunlop Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, and Saskatchewan Lotteries.