Kyla Mallett | Personhood | March 14th – April 19th
Kyla Mallett’s exhibition is part of Slow Frequency a larger project made up of a series of exhibitions initiated by Threewalls, Chicago and co-curated by Dan Devening, devening projects + editions; Jonathan Middleton, Or Gallery Vancouver/Berlin and Shannon Stratton, Threewalls. Featuring work by Kyla Mallett, Vancouver (at Paris London Hong Kong); Troy Briggs, Chicago (at Or Gallery Berlin); David Hartt, Chicago (at Or Gallery Vancouver) and Ron Terada, Vancouver (at Threewalls) in a series of solo shows, with additional artists, screenings and group exhibitions as part of future programs. Slow Frequency addresses currents in artwork that engage a process of slow looking, magnification or tuning-in in order to locate the place where a thing becomes visually or sonically clearest. Whether manifest in photography, film, appropriation strategies or other forms of image or object making, the process of tuning-in to a space, an ideology, or a transmission is presented as a practice or gesture of careful observation.
In keeping with Threewalls practice of collaborating with like-minded organizations and curators, a tri-city/ tri-space project was initiated between Chicago, Vancouver and Berlin in order to circulate the work of artists living in these cities, between these cities. Through studio and site visits, a series of exhibitions has emerged that will be held 2014-2015 between Threewalls, Chicago; devening projects + editions, Chicago; Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago; Or Gallery Vancouver and Or Gallery Berlin. This project was made possible by a generous grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connection Fund.
Kyla Mallett completed her MFA at the University of British Columbia in 2004 and her BFA at Emily Carr Universityin 2000. Working primarily in photography, text and print media, her practice engages the intersection of culture and language. Sheuses archival and statistical research to examine transgressive activities in cultural arenas such as adolescence, feminism, academia and art. Past works have examined schoolgirls’ notes, girl bullying, gossip, marginalia in library books, hauntings and aura reading. Mallett’s work has been exhibited widely, including at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Modern Fuel (Kingston), Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris)