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A Modern Cult of Monuments

Colin Lyons

January 8 - February 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 8 – 7-10pm

Why is our first instinct to polish the concrete and grind off the rust, effectively cleansing a space of its industrial heritage? A Modern Cult of Monuments attempts to grapple with this question by considering planned obsolescence and the nature of historical preservation efforts. Fusing printmaking, sculpture, video, and chemical experiments, this project reintroduces the evidence of labour into the restoration process: the act of polishing bringing a sharpened awareness to the work that was once performed with these fragments. These absurdly inefficient processes evoke an alchemical creation of time, memory, and historical aura.

This exhibition will be accompanied by an essay by Tara Bursey.

Colin Lyons grew up in ‘Canada’s original oil boomtown’ of Petrolia, Ontario, an experience that has fuelled his interests in industrial ruins and sacrificial landscapes. Lyons received his BFA from Mount Allison University (2007) and MFA in printmaking from University of Alberta (2012).  A Modern Cult of Monuments also will be presented at aceartinc. (Winnipeg), Artcite Inc. (Windsor), and SNAP Gallery (Edmonton) in 2016. He is currently based in Hamilton.

Tara Bursey is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator and arts worker.  She is Coordinator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre in Hamilton.

Colin Lyons would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support of this project.