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Kelly Mark channels into TV as an artistic medium at new Toronto exhibitions this April

TORONTO, March 2, 2005-The multimedia art of Toronto artist Kelly Mark takes on new dimensions this April with the launch of three different exhibitions by The Power Plant, YYZ Artists Outlet and the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, all in conjunction with the Images Festival. All exhibitions are free admission. Artist and exhibition details below.

The Power Plant presents Mark's installation Glow House #3 (April 7-23); a project set to transform a house on tranquil Palmerston Avenue by filling it with TVs tuned to the same channel. YYZ Artists' Outlet presents Mark's new installation horror/suspense/romance/porn/kung-fu (April 9 to May 21) - which consists of five video installations representing the five film genres in the exhibition title. Wynick/Tuck Gallery presents some of the artist's new Graphite drawings, Letraset drawings and video works (April 2-30). All exhibitions are presented in conjunction with the Images Festival (April 7-16).

Glow House #3
323 Palmerston Boulevard (North of College Street)
Hours: Dusk to Dawn from April 7 through April 23, 2005
Public info at 416-973-4949 or www.thepowerplant.org

Harbourfront Centre's The Power Plant presents the engaging off-site installation Glow House #3 at a downtown Toronto residence, viewable from the outside only. In this detached house, close to 50 TV sets will be distributed throughout the interior. All are tuned to the same channel so that when the house is viewed from the street at night, the effect of each small flicker of TV light compounds into a vivid pulse of light emanating from the windows. As TV program scenes change, the windows flash in sync and the pronounced hypnotic effect grows with the sensation that the house is filled not with many lights but with one large, palpitating source. Glow House was originally presented for one night at Winnipeg's Plug In ICA gallery and Glow House #2 was staged for one week as an off-site project for IKON Gallery, Birmingham, U.K. in 2003.

horror/suspense/romance/porn/kung-fu
YYZ (Y Gallery) - 401 Richmond St. West (Suite 140)
April 9 through May 21, 2005 (Tues. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Public info at 416-598-4546 or www.yyzartistsoutlet.org

Mark's new video installation horror/suspense/romance/porn/kung-fu filles YYZ's Y Gallery with the glow of fifteen TV monitors. This installation sees her continue her ongoing investigation of television as a simple source material. Like previous endeavors, Mark has sought to capture in this new series a mere suggestion or impression of each genre and filming style by simply recording the cast light of each of these films as they bathed her apartment walls. Mark has produced five unique video installations representing the five different genres in the exhibition title. Each day of the exhibition the synchronized monitors radiate a different genre. Quiet and unassuming, these works offer a chance to investigate modes of perception outside of usual understanding and ways of seeing, interpreting and knowing such information via the familiarity of the television medium.

Wynick/Tuck Gallery - 401 Richmond St. West (Suite 128)
April 2 through April, 2005 (Tues. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Public info at 416-504-8716 or www.wynicktuckgallery.ca
A selection of Kelly Mark's new Graphite Drawings, Letraset Drawings and Video

Kelly Mark biographical summary:
Also consult artist site www.ireallyshould.com

Kelly Mark was born in Welland, Ontario in 1967 and received a B.F.A. from Halifax's Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1994. Mark works in a variety of media including: drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, sound, video & performance. She has exhibited widely across Canada and internationally at venues including: Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Saidye Bronfman Art Center (Montreal), ZieherSmith Gallery (NY), Leadbased (NY), Museum of New Art (Detroit), University of Houston (Texas), Real Art Ways (Hartford), IKON Gallery (UK) and the Physics Room (NZ) to name a few. She was also one of the artists chosen to represent Canada in the Sydney Biennale in Australia in 1998 and is a recipient of Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council & Toronto Arts Council grants.

She has also been honored with the KM Hunter Artist Award (2002), a Chalmers Art Fellowship (2002) and was regionally short-listed for the prestigious Sobey’s Prize (2004). Her work has been reviewed in such periodicals as Artforum, Canadian Art, C-Magazine, Border Crossings, Fuse Magazine, Lola, Broken Pencil and such newspapers as The Globe & Mail, National Post and New York Times. Mark has also received acclaim for founding the artist site http://samplesize.ca

Kelly Mark is currently available for interviews. High resolution jpegs available upon request.


Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
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