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Post-Industrial Rubble Comes Home

Time Machine for Abandoned Futures. Installation View from the Kamloops Art Gallery, 2015.Contributed image.
Time Machine for Abandoned Futures. Installation View from the Kamloops Art Gallery, 2015.
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(WINDSOR, ON) – Artcite, Windsor’s artist-run centre for the contemporary arts, is presenting A Modern Cult of Monuments, a solo, mixed media, video, and sculptural installation by Hamilton-based artist Colin Lyons.

In A Modern Cult of Monuments, Lyons uses archaeological techniques, printmaking methods, conventions of museum display, and notions of monument to, “… explore industry through the lens of fragility and impermanence.”

The exhibition includes anti-monument sculptures made from re-appropriated post-industrial rubble acquired in the Windsor area.

Colin Lyons was born in Windsor in 1985. He grew up in Canada’s original oil boomtown of Petrolia, an experience that has fuelled his interests in industrial ruins and sacrificial landscapes.

Lyons received his BFA from Mount Allison University (2007) and MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta (2012). His work has been shown in solo exhibitions across Canada, as well as in group exhibitions internationally.

He has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, SSHRC, and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, among others.

This is Lyons’ first solo exhibition in Windsor.

A Modern Cult of Monuments will appear from April 29 through to June 11 at the Artcite gallery at 109 University Avenue West. The gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 12:00noon to 5:00pm.

Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public.

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