The Same Splendor
Kelly Lycan & Celia Perrin Sidarous
Sept 5 - Oct 11
This exhibition folds the practices of Kelly Lycan and Celia Perrin Sidarous together as they investigate the value of objects through photographic installation. Working collaboratively Lycan and Sidarous highlight a phrase from Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons as an imagined arc for their mutual fascination with the latent presence of objects. Lycan explains The Same Splendor is about “the pathetic and the amazing”, the vibrant matter and familiar ubiquity of everyday objects. Lycan and Sidarous use photographs, objects, and images of objects as stand-ins pointing to something elsewhere. In working through objecthood of images, this exhibition evokes what Jacques Rancière defines as the sentence-image, an arrangement of aesthetic functions that undo the representative relationship between text and image, and in the case of this exhibition, objects and their meaning. With the geographic interior of Canada between them, Lycan and Sidarous employed an isolated stream of photographs as a research dialogue for this exhibition, in doing so they highlight the sentence-image as a methodological imperative. This photographic exchange between the artists emphasizes the permeability of the still life within their respected practices, as both see the still life as a reference point to dismantle and embrace. The resonance of communicated images having a representational meaning poignantly present to the sender and at the same time remaining illusive to the reader provides insight towards the way in which both Lycan and Sidarous understand material as potential objects called into being. This exhibition highlights this constant negotiation as a collaborative installation of objects and images within the gallery. Enlisting pre-existing works both Lycan and Sidarous situate the experience of objects as a form of examined aesthetic communication.
KELLY LYCAN lives and works in Vancouver. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the US and Europe including a solo exhibition currently at Presentation House Gallery and recently at SFU Gallery, in Vancouver. She is a member of Instant Coffee, a service oriented artist collective.
CELIA PERRIN SIDAROUS lives and works in Montreal, where she is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Concentration Photography. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal (2014), Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2014, 2013), The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (2013), FOFA Gallery, Montreal (2012), WWTWO, Montreal (2012), VU, Centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie, Quebec City (2011) and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto (2008). Her images have been published in periodicals in Canada and abroad, notably in Norway, the Netherlands, Australia, China and Italy. She was artist in residence on several occasions, including at The Banff Centre and at the Art and Culture Centre Kolin Ryynänen in Koli, Finland. She is the recipient of SSHRC and FQRSC graduate research grants, and of the 2011 Barbara Spohr Memorial Award. Her exhibition at Gallery 295 with Kelly Lycan is her first presentation in Vancouver.
1. Ranciere, Jacques. 2009. The Future Of The Image. Reprint. Verso Press USA. p 46.