Canfor Gallery – October 19th, 2018 to January 6th, 2019
Colin Lyons lives in Binghamton, New York. His work exists at the intersection of art, history and science. His subject matter has often focused on historic sites, defunct sawmills, factories, and mine tailing sites whose histories he commemorates through the use of materials discovered on those sites. He commandeers behind-the-scenes processes utilized by printmakers, such as chemical etching, incorporating those processes into installation components often in such a way that transforms the artefacts he recovers. This exhibition will survey a number of recent series examining Lyons’ inventive engagement with printmaking. It will touch on themes of preservation in an age of planned obsolescence and resource depletion, and reflect on issues around geo-engineering and urban renewal.
Featured artwork: Contingency Plan, 017. Artifacts (from Sinclair Meatpacking Plant), Plexiglas, glass, grow-lights, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, copper sulfate, water samples (Cedar River), ventilation unit.