Kelly Mark: Devon

Kelly Mark: Devon
May 5 – June 10, 2006
Artist Talk: May 4, 7PM
Gallery Hop opening: May 5, 4 – 8PM
Guided Tours beginning May 12 starting at 6PM
Third Space Gallery is thrilled to present international rising art star Kelly Mark. Through her art Mark investigates the differing shades of pathos and humour found in the repetitive mundane tasks, routines and rituals of everyday life. Hidden within these spans of time can be found startling moments of poetic individuation, and an imprint of the individual within the commonplace rituals of society.
Through her self-described “will to order” and “inane sense of humour” her objective is to document and validate these singular ‘marked’ and ‘unmarked’ moments of our lives.
In Pete & Devon (2006) Kelly Mark presents a new video piece whereby a young couple share stories about each other and their relationship. Each video depicts the relationship from one point of view and is intended to be shown separately in different locations. This work was created specifically for concurrent exhibitions held in Saint John and Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton. In Saint John we watch Pete discussing Devon, and in Moncton we watch Devon discussing Pete. This takes the rumination of time, space and distance between people to
actual physical and geographic lengths.
Third Space is also presenting additional video and audio installations by Kelly Mark. In Porn (from the “Glow Video Series”, 2005) the artist explores liminal modes of perception by treating the ambient glow of the television medium as an almost physical thing: recording the cast light from a specific film genres and transferring it to the gallery walls by way of a stack of televisions. In the audio work I Really Should… (2002) Mark reads a list of 1000 things she really should do. This is a humorous and lighthearted comment on the artist’s own “increasingly obsessive tendencies” as well as a broader comment on universal procrastination.
Kelly Mark received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1994) and since then has exhibited her work extensively in galleries and museums throughout Canada, the US and abroad. Her work is held in many public, private and corporate collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank. She is represented in Toronto by Wynick/ Tuck Gallery.
This exhibition and subsequent publication, with a catalogue essay written by Ray Cronin, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, received generous Project Assistance Funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.