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Jackson Klie & Michelle O’Byrne: Model

November 18 – December 13, 2015
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

Using the unruly archive of popular photography as their source, Jackson Klie and Michelle O’Byrne deconstruct the idea of the photographic corpus through a series of sculptural collages. Culling through magazines, reference books, how-to manuals and various pop culture resources, images of the human body are found, reworked and re-presented. These poetic and strange interventions isolate and play with conventional representations of the body, inviting us to rethink normative and idealized gestures. Transforming and interacting with the photographic surface, this series of works highlights the contingent nature of photography and identity. Using the mirror, a tool integral to the analogue camera, one that both aids and distorts vision, this collection of works puts forward a layered and surreal perspective of our image-saturated world. The viewer is invited to reconsider photography’s power to constitute our self-perception and our everyday reality.




Event(s):

Opening Party
Wednesday, November 18
6:00 – 8:00 PM

A tessellation of geometric shapes outlined in a green hexagon
Fig. 1

Jackson Klie & Michelle O'Byrne, Untitled (model test), mirror, book fragments, 2015. Courtesy of the artist

Diamond-shaped photograph of a woman, her face obscured
Fig. 2

Jackson Klie, Untitled (neck), photomechanical print, 2014. Courtesy of the artist

Installation Shots

Wide shot of the Student Gallery, a white display case in the centre
Fig. 1

Jackson Klie and Michelle O’Byrne: Model (installation view), 2015 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

Three glass boxes protruding from the wall, each lit from inside
Fig. 2

Jackson Klie and Michelle O’Byrne: Model (installation view), 2015 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

Display case holding 5 brightly coloured glass objects, lit from underneath
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Jackson Klie and Michelle O’Byrne: Model (installation view), 2015 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre