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Ian Johnston, The Chamber

Ian Johnston, The Chamber (2013), 7-minute cycle, ripstop nylon, computer-controlled fans, lights and audio, found objects [Access Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 6-Jul 18]

Ian Johnston: The Chamber

Access Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jun 6-Jul 18, 2015

The material description of Ian Johnston’s installation The Chamber (2013) reads like an updated Beat poem: “Ripstop nylon, computer-controlled fans, lights and audio, objects from the banks of the waste stream.”

Just what this “waste stream” is can be ascertained intermittently through the computer-controlled expansion and contraction of ripstop nylon. As the nylon contracts, domestic items that link home and landfill come into focus. As the nylon expands, things get fuzzy and we see metaphors, not objects.

Although Johnston majored in architecture, he soon enough found himself drawn to ceramics and ceramic processes. Before opening his studio in Nelson, BC, in 1996, he spent five post-unification years at the Bauhaus Academy in the former East Berlin, helping develop and facilitate workshops on public intervention and urban renewal.

The Chamber is part of a larger touring exhibition entitled Reinventing Consumption. Accompanying the exhibition is a publication by McMaster Museum of Art curator Ihor Holubizky and Access Gallery director/curator Kimberly Phillips, which expounds on what Johnston calls “the paradoxical relationship between limited resources and seemingly unlimited appetite.”

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Michael Turner

Ian Johnston, The Chamber

Ian Johnston, The Chamber (2013), 7-minute cycle, ripstop nylon, computer-controlled fans, lights and audio, found objects [Access Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 6-Jul 18]

Ian Johnston, The Chamber

Ian Johnston, The Chamber (2013), 7-minute cycle, ripstop nylon, computer-controlled fans, lights and audio, found objects [Access Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 6-Jul 18]


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