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VoCA Loves…Kerri Reid

We were struck by Toronto artist Kerri Reid’s dust drawings when we saw them at Red Bull gallery, as part of the excellent exhibition What It Really Is, curated by the hot young curator Nick Brown, in Toronto back in January.


We’ve seen artwork in this vein before, but we’re always impressed by work that is so well produced and executed. And Kerri’s obsession with detail is remarkable, as is the fact that she sees value is reproducing images of dust. (Dust!)


But there is something incredibly uncanny about these works. You become aware of the tricks your eye plays on you – her reproductions aren’t perfect, but they appear to be – and these works are, of course about the process of reproductions, and of photography. More interestingly, there’s a palpable authenticity in these works, an awareness of the artist’s hand, and of the act of art-making.

Reid has just returned from the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (whose wonderful former curator, Joan Stebbins, was just awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award – click HERE), where her works were on view in a show called Small Things Forgotten, part of a project called Into the Streets that was on (fittingly) during the gallery’s renovations.

Reid says: “When I got there and saw the space there was a lot of dust and debris on the floor left over from the show before mine, which was by Raphaelle de Groot and was called The Burden of Objects.

I liked the idea of working with the dust from a show with this title, so I took photos of 7 piles of dust on the floor, gathered them up in plastic bags, and when the gallery was ready for me to install I reassembled the piles on shelves beneath the photos of the original dust as well as 8 x 10 (scaled down) drawn portraits of each pile.”

One Response to “VoCA Loves…Kerri Reid”

  1. We loved Kerri’s show at SAG. She had another fantastic piece there as well: She had discovered a single puzzle piece on the sidewalk. She photographed the scene, then painted a version of the photograph, then took the whole painting and laboriously cut it into a jigsaw puzzle, put it in a box and left it to be discovered in a Lethbridge thrift store.

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