Owen Kydd: Monte Clark Gallery Toronto, March 25 to May 1, 2011

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The Monte Clark Gallery,Toronto, presents a solo exhibition of new work by Owen Kydd. This is the first solo exhibition of Kydd’s work in the gallery.

In his work, Kydd bridges the worlds of photography and video to create what he terms ‘durational photographs’. Utilizing a static camera angle, he shoots thirty to forty seconds of video in a photo-documentary style, resulting in images that maintain roots in the stillness of the photograph. His images are displayed on multiple panels, and contain pictorial references to other forms and genres, including still-lifes, portraits, and landscapes. By blurring the distinction between video and photography, Kydd initiates a comparison of both detailed composition and temporal experience, critically addressing the ability of contemporary forms to bear witness.

In Kingsway (2010), a nine-channel work, Kydd references a Vancouver street, examining it as a geographic area in the style of American documentary photography. Florence Avenue (2010) again renders the street as subject, this time in southeast Los Angeles. This post-agrarian, post-industrial suburb stands as an indication of the constant population flux in Los Angeles, often with only traces of human presence remaining. In Sighting (2010), Kydd poses the hypothetical scenario of a UFO sighting on the outskirts of Los Angeles. By incorporating this suburban mythology of southern California, Kydd fuses the unreliable ambiguity of eyewitness UFO accounts with the imposed reality of high definition, real-time recorded video.

Kydd’s work will be on display from March 24 to May 1, 2011. Opening reception is Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Owen Kydd (b. 1975, Canada) lives and works in Los Angeles. He holds a joint degree in Fine Art and Literature from Simon Fraser University. Recent exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and a solo show at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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