Kevin Yates | Alluvium
June 13 – July 4, 2009
Opening reception Saturday, June 13, 6-9pm
In Alluvium, Kevin Yates uses photorealistic miniature sculptures to intricately render a delicate disaster, creating a destroyed suburban landscape and the solemn reflections of the flood that ruined it. Filling the Ditch Projects main gallery space with sculptural samples of a vast tragedy, Yates creates perfected icons of devastation. Detailing the powers of loss and destruction, he isolates visual pauses within the retelling of a furor, pointing out the beautiful scenes within an ugly narrative. The resulting scene is one of tragedy, longing, isolation, and cold beauty.
About the artist
Kevin Yates (b. Owen Sound, Ontario, 1974) is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at York University in Toronto, Ontario. In 2008 his work was included in Comic Relief at the National Gallery of Canada and Fun House at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Yates has had recent solo exhibitions at The Odd Gallery (Dawson City), Susan Hobbs Gallery (Toronto), Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), Tom Thomson Art Gallery (Owen Sound), Artspeak (Vancouver), and YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto). His work has been included in group exhibitions at The University Galleries at Illinois State University (Chicago), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ontario Art Gallery and the Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal. In 2007, Yates was a semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award. He is represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto.