Ian Skedd is an artist interested in the dynamics of light as they intersect with architectural space. For the Contemporary Art Gallery’s window vitrines, Skedd built large wooden enclosures, with lateral incisions at intervals that mimic window slats. The light from the gallery’s fluorescent fixtures illuminated and animated these structures. Skedd’s work explored distinctions between its appearance during evening hours, when light spilled from within the enclosures through the slats, and the more imposing structural qualities evident during the day; when it may appear as a hoarding around a building under construction.
Wood Slat Screen framed and surrounded the Contemporary Art Gallery’s exterior windows, cedar wood slats affixed to vertical wooden supports effected a subtle reinvention of the gallery’s exterior using its window vitrines as a light source. The interior fluorescent lighting fixtures within these vitrines would normally illuminate objects displayed within them. In Skedd’s reinvention, this light was both blocked and filtered by the wooden screen.
Skedd has worked increasingly with the subtle interplay between interior and exterior space. In a work, Untitled (Bar and Stools) (2002), Skedd built and positioned a bar and stools like one might find in a coffee house at the threshold of a gallery’s large plate glass windows. The work doubled as a sculpture and rest stop for gallery visitors, allowing for the contemplation of what was outside the gallery while positioning those seated on the work as an intrinsic part of it.
The construction of Wood Slat Screen was generously supported by Insulmastic and Grove Cedar Limited.