Proving Ground: Nevada, Toronto

Erin Siddall, Proving Ground: Nevada, Peace Camp 1, 2016

Erin Siddall, Proving Ground: Nevada, Peace Camp 2, 2017

Erin Siddall, Proving Ground: Nevada, Peace Camp 3, 2017

Erin Siddall, Proving Ground: Nevada, Peace Camp 5, 2017

Proving Ground: Nevada, Toronto

Friday, May 4, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018
Opening reception
May 4,
6:00PM to 8:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Proving Ground: Nevada, Toronto considers the problem of how to represent the unrepresentable in relation to images in the current ‘post-nuclear’ era of instability and escalating nuclear risk. Uranium glass dishware was placed and photographed on the archaeological remains at the site of the now inactive iconic Cold War era anti-nuclear protest camp adjacent to the Mercury Nuclear test site in Nevada.  Uranium was routinely mined in northern Canada and refined near Toronto providing colour for depression-era dishware, and later as enrichment for nuclear weapons development. The green glow the dishes emit is the result of light shone to detect the normally imperceptible radioactivity.  The problematic materiality of the dishes is revealed through documentation: an invisible threat to the body is in contrast to the objects’ benign domesticity and calls up the now absent bodies of the former protestors as an imperative reminder to re-inhabit the spaces of protest.


Artist Biography: 

Erin Siddall is a Visual Artist who works primarily with film, video, photography and installation which interrogates the viewer into thinking about looking rather than what they are looking at.  Her work investigates fraught interactions between the body and machines that mediate or alter perception. Siddall’s work creates a blurred overlap of digital and analog interfaces revealing the uneasy space between the body and apparatuses.  She further researches corporeal experiences of media, which includes the problem of how archival or real-world objects speak when translated through these interfaces. 

Siddall is an outgoing Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of British Columbia, and holds a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2011). Siddall has screened and shown galleries, festivals and galleries such as Access Gallery, Satellite Gallery, The Helen and Morris Belkin Art Gallery, Your Kontinent Media Arts Festival, Winsor Gallery, and the Burrard Art Foundation Studio.  An upcoming public work for Capture Festival 2016 Burrard Inlet Big Camera is a large scale Camera Obscura which explores inconsistencies and vagaries in the nature of seeing itself