nowhereness | an installation

Nowhereness, an installlation in five components, June 20 to July 14, 2012 at the Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Nowhereness implies a lack of place, or a place defined by absence: absence of body, of consciousness, of self. It's also an awkward word, something one might say, and that places the one who says it, grounds the one in nowhere, as in nowheresville - in other words a place defined by others, a weak place, almost but not quite nonexistent. Kelk's works in this exhibition deal with aspects of this place/lessness.

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Dwellings, from a multiple series of ceramic works, dimensions approximately 5” x 9” to 10.5” x 8.00” x 7.00” 2011-12

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beyond absurd

When I had journeyed half of our life’s way I found myself within a shadowed forest For I had lost the path that does not stray, (Dante’s Inferno, Canto 1, lines 1-3)

Immersed in a technological world, humanity today relies on digital and satellite technology, corporate media, and social networking as conduits to understanding the universe and its climatic fluctuations. Despite this wealth of knowledge, the actual facts relating to causes of environmental disasters are often ignored. People focus on short-term gratification, unwilling to make material sacrifices that will save the planet.

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going nowhere

The events leading up to political elections often resemble a circus, with a parade of actors, and a master of ceremonies (campaign organizers and promoters) who oversees the show. I have created eight collaged photographic pieces whose main characters appear as graffiti on walls, or spectators on Buenos Aires streets.

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