Jackson Klie, Problem Portraits Vol. 3 (video still), 2013
May 9-28th, 2013
Opening Reception: May 9th, 6-10pm
Curated by Andrea Leigh Pelletier of Laid Bare: Curations and Other Concerns
Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul St., Toronto
Gallery Hours: Mon-Sun, 12-6pm
Laid Bare: Curations and Other Concerns is pleased to present Lessons in Photography: Appropriations by Jackson Klie & Michelle O’Byrne. Please join us Thursday, May 9th from 6-10pm for the exhibition opening. Both artists will be in attendance.
Lessons in Photography is an exhibition of collage, video, and sculpture that explores issues of representation in photography. Drawing from photographic manuals, instructional books, and videos, Jackson Klie and Michelle O’Byrne create multimedia appropriations that retain evidence of their original source materials. Using various methods of interference, the two artists alter the surfaces of this historical material into two-dimensional assemblages that take the form of distorted video mashups and constructed, multi-planed sculptures. Klie and O’Byrne dissect the practice of photography, physically and ideologically, through the new meanings and associations formed by their rearrangements.
Drawing on materials printed from the 1950s – 70s, the artists select iconic and nostalgic imagery that appears obscured, fractured, and recontextualized. The final works are layered, eerie, and graphically engaging, and reveal the contingent nature of photography through the deconstruction and reconstruction of its original form. At once seductive and disturbing, Lessons in Photographyis an exhibition of enigmatic works that are revealing examinations of the act of looking.