Laurie Kang   Eidetic Tides

December 7, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Laurie Kang’s entropic, deconstructed photography installations provide an embodied experience of how eidetic imagery can be carried within us. As afterimages are stored within our memories, Kang’s process-driven practice merges the inner forms of architectural structures with unfixed photographic images that are continually responsive to light and surrounding site conditions.

Kang’s experimental use of the core elements of photography: exposure to light, alchemical reactions and reflection as a replication of a reality, become a technical ground for her work to comment on her own personal and cultural history, interests in genetics, feminist theory and future fictions. Paired with natural and synthetic sculptural objects, such as silicone and rubber vessels embedded and punctuated with material markers, Kang’s installations create a spatial constellation in flux, intended to evolve over time.

The curvilinear and organic flexible wall track forms forged by Kang become a permeable structure for light to respond to the exposed images. Applied as metaphor and a malleable and responsive surface, the images change over time and in response to their environment, much as a skin stretching and accommodating an endoskeletal sculptural framework. Kang states, “My work exists in literal and metaphoric states of becoming and unfixity, and this deconstructive strategy aims to continually build, break down and rebuild.”

Curated by Kristy Trinier

Laurie Kang is an artist currently based in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at Interstate Projects and Topless, New York; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Cooper Cole, 8-11, The Loon, Gallery TPW, Franz Kaka, and Carl Louie, Toronto; Remai Modern, Saskatoon; Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran and L’inconnue, Montreal; Raster Gallery, Warsaw; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Poland; and Camera Austria, Graz. She has been artist-in-residence at Rupert, Vilnius; Tag Team, Bergen; The Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Alberta; and Interstate Projects, Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

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