“The taut thread…was the precursor of the drawn line of architectural design, whose straightness was compared to that of a ray of light. Sixteenth century treatises on perspective even depicted sight lines as lines of tightly stretched thread, but with loose ends that betrayed their nature.” —Tim Ingold
Canadian artists Chris Kline and Yam Lau present Weave, a two-person exhibition that reflects precise involvement in the fields of force of materials. In an unusual pairing, the artists’ respective works find surprising affinities: Kline’s tender and rigorous hand-coloured paintings contrast with Lau’s gliding cinematic movements through simulated space, but both artists are intimately involved with the entanglement of idea and substance, being and becoming, memory and form, especially as woven through or across screens.
We generally understand two sorts of screens in our daily encounters: the ones that work by opacity to block something out, providing privacy, for example, and the other sort of screens that give us a window into the visual world. As they appear in these artists’ works, screens shift between withholding and revealing, layering and disclosing unfolding intricacies.
Co-curated by Stephen Horne and Sunny Kerr
This exhibition, curated by Stephen Horne and Sunny Kerr, is organised and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council.
Friday, February 8, 2019
7 to 10 PM
Join us to celebrate the opening of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s Winter Exhibitions! The exhibitions Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave and Moving through darkness into the clearing will be celebrate with remarks from the artists, Gallery Talks and light refreshments.
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Work cited: Tim Ingold, "The textility of making," Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2010, 34, 91-102
Photo credit: Installation view, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON. Photo: Paul Litherland