This publication was produced to coincide with 3 separate exhibitions by Kelly Mark, 9 to 5 presented at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from January 15 to April 2, 2000, Messages at the Hamilton Artist’s Inc. January 7 -February 5, 2000, and [four lines and a fifth line drawn through them] at the Contemporary Art Gallery from April 15 – May 27, 2000.
In this exhibition by Kelly Mark the fascination with the mundane was coupled with a desire to document and bring a sense of order to things. The work Broken Meter, for example, consisted of a grid of photographs documenting ideosyncratic notes left at broken parking meters. Placed presented photographs of objects, ranging from styrofoam cups to pieces of crumpled paper, that had been specifically “placed” or tucked into spots rather than simply being tossed away. Sniff was a video loop of the artist’s cat sniffing an array of objects placed in front of him. Origami Transfer was comprised of dozens of bus transfers that had been obsessively folded and shaped into miniature sculptures.MORE