Exhibitions and Events
Untitled (small dead woman)
Kevin YatesJanuary 5th to February 9th, 2002
Still and moving images of crime or accident victims are familiar, whether in photo-documentary projects, the news or films. Viewing these pictures generally signals the beginning of a narrative of detection or discovery towards (re)solving the untimely death and the temporary triumph of the rational over fear. These forms often contain clues to the mystery through the use of explanatory narration, or other visual clues within the image, such as the specific environment in which the body was found. The wooded area, the alley at dawn, the industrial waterfront are easily called to mind when thinking of crime scenes, and viewers rely upon the interpretive skill of the forensic hero who uses science to uncover the truth.
Looking to apprehend the effects of films and photographs of 'tragedy' in sculptural form, Yates isolates the slain figure and models it in miniature in Untitled (small dead woman). Removing the setting, props, character and plot serves to eliminate any narrative possibility or specific mystery to solve, leaving only the tiny vulnerable object and our desire to examine it, which we must struggle to do, given its size. This tactic of decontextualization and rendering in three dimensions undermines the clinical detachment of film and photography and reconsiders the figure as 'flesh'. The sculpture is almost too small to scrutinize and confounds the expectation of knowing-through-seeing and visual pleasure that surrounds the history of the art gallery.
Presently working in Ontario, Yates recently completed his post-graduate work at University of Victoria. Yates has exhibited at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax and in group exhibitions in Victoria and Toronto. This will be his first exhibition in Vancouver.
Related LinksKevin Yates [Artist]
Lorna Brown [Curator]