Evann Siebens and Keith Doyle
February 13 - March 23
“Mark my words: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” – Henry Ford 1940
Having survived the horrors of the Second World War, the western world imagined a planet without conflict, where technology would allow us endless freedom and mobility, where impossibly difficult feats such as space and air travel would become commonplace. Born out of this 1950s futurism, the flying car was seen as a beacon, lighting our way towards a utopian future. But, the century marched on and the life of leisure that technology had promised never manifested. As futuristic visions such as the Jetsons and Star Trek have faded away, the idea of the flying car has become the butt of many jokes. Nostalgia for that optimistic moment was an entry point for Doyle and Siebens, yet tempered by humour, pessimism and the hubris of the Inventor or Artist.
Inspired by Molt Taylor’s 1949 Aerocar One and the Greek myth of Icarus, IcarusCar is an installation incorporating photography, video, sculpture and a full-size1969 MGB-GT. Shifting between fiction and document this project follows the artists as they and their characters work at creating their own version of the flying car. The performers set out to test their flying car only to have it break down repeatedly on the side of the Alberta freeway. Reality sets in. It’s hard to make a car fly when it won’t drive.
IcarusCar slips from fiction to documentary and back again, revealed through multiple moving images and sculptural artifact. By stripping away the pessimism and acknowledging the hubris of the Inventor or Artist (as represented by Icarus who flew too close to the sun), Doyle and Siebens re-examine the dream of a future where technology liberates instead of confines.
Evann Siebens makes media about movement. Screenings of her short films, documentaries and media installations include Eyebeam, Centre Pompidou and MOMA. She has attended residencies at the Banff Centre, and recently attended an ACME residency in the UK with Keith H. Doyle exhibiting at HotShoe Gallery, London. A former dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and Bonn Ballet, Evann graduated from New York University. Now based in Vancouver, Evann co-curated ContainR, exhibited during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Recent gallery exhibits include MediaArtLab/Urban Screen, St.Petersberg, Russia; Harcourt House, Edmonton; Winsor Gallery and Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver. In 2012, she won the ID/Identities Istanbul Best Video Prize.
Keith Doyle is a sculptor and designer. He is an Adjunct Research Associate in Applied Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where he has taught in both the Visual Arts + Material Practice and the Design + Dynamic Media faculties. Working across a broad spectrum of media, including wood, moving image and 3D printing, Keith is interested in exploring gestures of sincerity or sentimentality when applied in a discrete context.
Originally from Ohio, Keith is now based in Vancouver, having received his MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and his BFA in Sculpture from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He co-created ContainR – two 40’ reconfigured shipping containers which served as a mobile theatre during the 2010 sporting events. Keith was a Resident Artist at the ACME International Artists Residency Programme in London UK, a Banff New Media Institute alum, and a former NYC DTW Medialab fellow. Recent shows include The New Gallery, Calgary; Harcourt House, Edmonton; and In MediaRes, VIVO, Vancouver.