Oxygen Art Centre hosts Resident Artist Matthew Talbot-Kelly


Oxygen Art Centre hosts Resident Artist Matthew Talbot-Kelly for a site-specific sculptural installation project: “…concerning the inept and yes, foolhardy barricading of wayward denizens…”


Project Dates: April 15 – May 19, 2019
Open Studio Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm
Closing Celebration: Friday May 17th, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday May 18th, 2-4pm

While in residence at Oxygen Art Centre, Talbot-Kelly will build a temporary, multi-part Site Specific installation, an assemblage made of two realities – physical and digital. This will be a domestically scaled fence/barrier/wall made from reclaimed and reconfigured furniture that is seamlessly and endlessly extended by an Augmented Reality (AR) overlay made visible via the built-in cameras on provided tablets. Talbot-Kelly will be in residence at Oxygen from April 15th through May 19th 2019. During this time the gallery will be open to curious visitors Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm, with Talbot-Kelly present to discuss his project with the public. The residency will culminate with a closing celebration on Friday May 17th from 7-9pm and an Artist talk on Saturday May 18th from 2-4pm.

Matthew Talbot-Kelly is a peripatetic mixed media artist, filmmaker and architect. His wide-ranging art practice comprises works in both analog and digital time-based mediums. Working variously from Dublin, Vancouver, Mumbai, London, and Montreal, Talbot-Kelly has participated in residencies and exhibited internationally. “Oxygen Art Centre looks forward to hosting such a dynamic and accomplished figure with an eye for the absurd and experimental, and ambitious aspirations while in residence in Nelson this spring.” Says Oxygen Art Centre Executive Director Genevieve Robertson. “Through building a barrier that is neither practically functional nor with a clear purpose, Talbot-Kelly’s work questions the absurdity of our personal empires, our desires to keep others ‘out’, and our possessions ‘in’.”

Walls are topical at the moment – they keep people out, they define space (a here from there), allocate membership within, separate public from private – though their resonance goes beyond a contemporary USA centric lens.

“This construction will be capriciously placed, be made of ineffectual semi-charred ruinous source materials, it’ll have a never-upright orientation, submerging and emerging from the interior surfaces: cumulatively this work will stray far from a utilitarian conventional fence”, says Talbot-Kelly. “As much as it will be an inept, useless wall, I’m imagining the results may also exhibit characteristics of a barricade. In this way, the construction’s political overture will be reoriented.”

ABOUT Matthew Talbot-Kelly

Matthew Talbot-Kelly (Ireland/Canada) is a mixed media artist, filmmaker and architect based in the Pacific Northwest. Talbot-Kelly is interested in how chance, editorial and mise-en-scène processes may be devices of (non)sense-making, uncovering compelling readings of the fragmentary familiar, through dialectics of contradiction and (in)comprehension. His wide ranging art practice comprises works in both analog physical (mixed media, collage, assemblage, installations, architecture, text) and digital time-based (film, animation, loops, interactive, sound, VR and AR) realms. Recently exhibited physical/digital/interactive works The (n)Atrocity Exhibition – a house crash for the rest of us, (BAF Gallery, Vancouver, 2017) Circling Towards a Possible Present, (Sunnycrest Mall, Sunshine Coast, BC, 2017), articulated subtext – an interactive VR installation, (Seaside Centre for the Arts, Canada, 2016), in Kamera / ‘After The Gold Rush’ / Venetian retirement station of a fictitious New York cabbie, Teatro di Villa Groggia, Cannaregio, (Venice, Italy, 2015), Blow 24 fps (Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Canada, 2015), and falling:catching (Krtashreya Aurodhan Gallery Garden, Pondicherry, India, 2014). Talbot-Kelly’s award winning digital & analog hybrid experimental 3d collage films The Trembling Veil of Bones (2010) and Blind Man’s Eye (2007), have screened around the world, including the Venice Biennale Film Festival. Talbot-Kelly is presently working on a large architectural/performative/mixed media work in production, a modern day Cabinet of Curiosities to be unveiled as a pop-up in a shopping mall. Various works have been funded by the Canada Council, NFB, The Irish Film Board, Ontario Arts Council.

ABOUT Oxygen Arts Centre

Based in Nelson BC, Oxygen Art Centre is a rural artist-run centre that provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage in the creation, study, exhibition and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines. Oxygen Art Centre is particularly interested in work with regional relevance, interdisciplinary work and work that engages audiences in participatory processes. Oxygen’s Exhibition and Residency Program supports process-based projects that encourage experimentation and push conventional practice. Founded in 2002, Oxygen is an integral and long-standing cultural hub for artists of all disciplines and professional levels in the West Kootenays and beyond.

Closing Celebration: https://www.facebook.com/events/410241746468482/

Artist Talk: https://www.facebook.com/events/570650993453963/

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