1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
Tales to Astonish borrows freely from pulps, comics and science-fiction movies. Brandon Vickerd presents four life-size figurative sculptures heavily influenced by sci-fi iconography from the 1960s. Kevin Yates and Donovan Barrow debut a series of dioramas that take their cue from the 1980 film Flash Gordon, a heavily stylized remake of the once popular 1936 serial. Referencing contrived and yet wildly imaginative source material without mocking them, the exhibition mingles theatricality and spectacle against the spectre of a dystopian future.
Brandon Vickerd is a Toronto based sculptor and Professor of Visual Arts at York University. He received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1999) and his MFA from the University of Victoria (2001) and he has taught and lectured at art schools across Canada. His recent research draws its influence from contemporary mythologies and low brow sources, such as heavy metal music and comic books. Recent solo exhibitions include an exhibition at the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh UK, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax NS (2008), and Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON (2009). In addition he has received numerous awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council.
Kevin Yates graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design 1995 and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1999, and completed a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 2001. Solo exhibitions of his work have been staged across Canada and the US at Artspeak (Vancouver), Anna Leowens Gallery (Halifax) , Optica (Montreal), YYZ (Toronto) and Ditch Projects (Oregon). His work has also been featured in prominent group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, among others. Yates is represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto. Currently Yates is living in the Toronto area, where he also works as an assistant professor of Visual Arts at York University.
Donovan Barrow graduated with a BFA from the University of Victoria in 2001 and a MFA from Hunter College in NY in 2005. Exhibitions of his work include Rare Gallery, NY, Luhring Augustine Gallery, NY, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, and the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto. Donovan is represented by Rare Gallery NY.