Group + Collaboration

I Can See Your Underwear

Natalie Purschwitz & Kelly Lycan

January 15 – March 12, 2011
Centre A, Vancouver, BC

I Can See Your Underwear, a site-specific installation by Vancouver-based artists Natalie Purschwitz and Kelly Lycan, focuses on a ubiquitous but ideologically charged material: plastic. The artists examine the relationship between material culture and mythology.

The title, I Can See Your Underwear, hearkens back to schoolyard taunts, suggesting a momentary spectacle, both shameless and shameful depending on one's position. Like the emperor and his new clothes, the metaphoric transparency of the materials belies its true nature, and while we are seduced by its colourful cheer we also come to realize that we are frolicking in our own demise.

For this exhibition viewers will be drawn into the vast and cavernous space of Centre A through a series of installations that attempt to lure them into a visceral plastic world: An over-abundant swing references Rococo excess; a soft, giant shrine nods toward the seductive structure of a bower-bird's lair; a super-saccharine tower of transparent treats smacks of Babylonian and Platonic references.