Slackwire and Other Situations
Exhibition dates: January 31 to February 24, 2018
Opening reception: Wednesday, January 31 - 6 pm - 8pm
TrépanierBaer Gallery is pleased to present Wyn Geleynse: Slackwire and Other Situations, an exhibition of recent and seminal works by the artist, as part of the 2018 Exposure Photography Festival.
Wyn Geleynse is one of Canada’s pioneer film and video projection artists with a significant international visual arts career spanning a period of nearly 40 years. His work raises questions about self and identity, commenting on the human condition with a subtle blend of irony and humanity. Geleynse had worked primarily with installation-based projections in the past, and over the past decade, he has explored the notion of film projection as a metaphor for projecting one's thoughts and desires.
The exhibition is anchored by the following iconic multi-media installations: The Critics Speak: An Homage to Jasper Johns (2013); Just...(2002); The Slackwire (Funambulist), (2002); and Aura (1991-2). Complementing these works is a series of photographs titled The Pairings. In describing this series, Wyn Geleynse has remarked:
My humour could be described as spontaneous and sarcastic, it is of the moment and circumstance. I use humour as the “hook” to engage the viewer. Over the years I noticed that I have a knack or instinct in identifying relationships between objects, images, movement and sound, that when assembled, form a foundation for a story without actually telling what it is. The photos are a good example. They were initially the result of me cleaning a camera and calibrating a new computer and printer. The test photos were the foundation for this series of “Pairings”. Two placed together to dry overnight, when viewed the next day, implied something beyond their individual subject matter.
Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1947, Geleynse moved to Canada as a child, and currently lives and works in London, Ontario. Since 1969, he has exhibited consistently in Canada and abroad. In 2006, the Museum London presented a major survey exhibition titled Wyn Geleynse: A Man Trying to Explain Pictures. Its accompanying catalogue included essays by Philippe Dubois, Kier Keightley, and Sylvain Campeau.
Solo and group exhibitions include the following: City Service Trucks, Gallery Stratford, Ontario, (2016); Étranger, The Audio Art Gallery, Prefix Photo, Toronto (2014); Breaking + Entering; The House Cut, Split and Haunted, Artlab, The University Of Western Ontario, London (2011); Kit 1A: Some assembly required, Bruno David Gallery, Project Room, St. Louis, USA (2008); At Times I Think Too Loudly, Galerie Anton Weller, Paris, France (2008); Wyn Geleynse. Trop haut, trop Bas, de loin”, Centre culturel canadien, Paris, France (2003); Improbable Movement, Centro Cultural De La Bunco Do Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (2003); Wyn Geleynse, MK Expositieruimte, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2001), to name a few.
His work is held in prestigious collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario; the National Gallery of Canada; the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Rhenish Collection, Germany; the Caldic Collectie, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and the Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia, Italy, to name a few.
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