Monitors

Steve Lyons, Loch Ness, installation at Art Gallery of Windsor, salvaged materials and live-feed video, 2009

Susan Lakin, Elizabeth & Don from the series Television Portraits, 117 x 143.5 cm Lambda c-print, 2007

Steve Lyons and Susan Lakin, Monitors, Installation view at Gallery 44

Steve Lyons, Loch Ness, Installation view at Gallery 44

Susan Lakin, Television Portraits, Installation view at Gallery 44

Monitors

Friday, June 4, 2010 to Saturday, July 3, 2010
Opening Reception:
June 4,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Artists Susan Lakin and Steve Lyons both use the television monitor to reflect the world around them, and to examine the effects of mediation on our understanding of history, of images and of ourselves.

Lyons uses the monitor to meditate on the transmission and transformation of images across time, framing an archival image re-staged by his sculptural assemblage in the gallery space. Using locally found material, he cobbles together a 3D construction that, from the perspective of the video camera, mimics a 2D image from 1965 of an expedition to gather visual evidence of the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

By contrast, Lakin creates photographic portraits of individuals and families reflected in their televisions, giving equal weight to her human subjects and to the screens around which they congregate. She frames people in their domestic environments, meditating on the role of the television in our personal and public lives and on the distance between those who are on television and those who watch them.

Artist Biography: 

Steve Lyons is an artist and writer based in Montreal. He received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Western Ontario and is currently pursuing an MA in Art History at Concordia University. His work has been exhibited in the 2009 Windsor Biennial at the Art Gallery of Windsor, and at Centre des arts actuels Skol in Montreal. 

An Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Susan Lakin has a BFA from Art Center College of Design and a MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her artwork has received many awards and is part of the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Photography Museum of Lishui, China. Her work has been exhibited at Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York; Gallery @49, New York City; Fotografie Forum International, Germany; Houston Center of Photography; Photographic Resource Center, Boston; University Art Museum, Santa Barbara; and the Robert V Fullerton Art Museum, San Bernardino, California. 

Writer: 

Jon Davies is a writer and curator based in Toronto. His writing has appeared in C Magazine, Canadian Art, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Cinema Scope, Xtra!, and many other publications. He has curated numerous screenings for venues in Toronto and abroad, and several exhibitions including People Like Us: The Gossip of Colin Campbell for the Oakville Galleries and Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever (with Helena Reckitt) for The Power Plant, where he is Assistant Curator of Public Programs.