Part of Ideas & Things
March 28 – June 13, 2015Kamloops Art GalleryKamloops, BC
Curated by Charo Neville
Kelly Lycan's installation More Than Anything is part of an exhibition, Ideas & Things which looks at current material (thing) and conceptually (idea) based artistic practices that are engaged in this ethos, where objects are no longer privileged but integrated into a greater exploration of space, time, material and subject. The exhibition brings together the work of five Canadian artists whose practices share a strong research methodology and diverse approach to materiality through the investigation of colour theory, text, intervention into the conventions of gallery display and viewership, integration of the everyday object, cinematic history and performance. New work has been created for Ideas & Things and includes installations made specifically for this exhibition space.
While acknowledging art history of the past through a continued dialogue with modernist sculpture, abstraction and conceptualism, the work of Jen Aitken, Kelly Lycan, Hadley+Maxwell, Mark Neufeld and Derek Sullivan forges speculative situations and propositions. Traditional display methods such as the vitrine and plinth are no longer relevant; in some cases the pedestal and the wall are the work. In a double agency where form and content merge, the architectural space of the exhibition has become the exhibition. The works question the monument and the monumental and offer a new currency of ideas about things.