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Catalogue Launch
Lyn Carter: Incognito

At Peak Gallery Wednesday April 11, 5 to 8 pm


Lyn Carter, Incognito catalogue cover, Voice Over (detail), 2005.


Please join us to celebrate the release of Incognito, a collaborative publication produced by the Koffler Gallery, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Tom Thomson Art Gallery, with an essay by Carolyn Bell Farrell and an interview with Lyn Carter by esteemed scholar Dr. Sarat Maharaj.

The 64-page colour catalogue, designed by Duncan Aitken of dna design, documents Carter's recent work presented in consecutive solo shows at the Koffler Gallery in Toronto, July 14 to October 2, 2005, curated by Carolyn Bell Farrell; the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, November 19, 2005 to January 15, 2006, curated by Joan Stebbins; and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, May 12 to June 18, 2006, curated by Stuart Reid. Official distribution by ABC Art Books Canada, www.ABCartbookscanada.

Lyn Carter draws on the commonplace and the mass-produced-objects that are plentiful yet, for the most part, invisible within daily life. Her recent sculptural works resemble familiar objects from the domestic sphere: chess pieces, shovels, bottle stoppers. Yet, wall-mounted and masked behind a veil of printed stretch fabric, the identity of each item is obscured. Camouflaged as pedestrian forms, the artist's amusing "decoys" are in fact "empty sleeves" shaped by synthetic material pulled taut over brief armatures. Playing with pattern, visual logic and spatial illusion, Carter imparts uniqueness to the prosaic, stretching the quality and span of attention we normally afford them. In her new installation, Near and Far, the artist cloaks the entire expanse of the gallery wall with patterned material. Bringing the spatial effects of this openwork cloth into consort with the dynamics of the architecture, she transforms our experience of each gallery space. Slipping into the realm between surface and structure, solid and void, reality and illusion, Carter's projects recapture our gaze, and delight our imagination, while evoking a conscious questioning of appearances.

An exhibition of selected works from the catalogue will also be on view at Peak Gallery.

For more information go to www.peakgallery.com or contact Zack Pospieszynski at 416.537.8108 or zack@peakgallery.com

Peak Gallery, 23 Morrow Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M6R 2H9 
416-537-8108