Kelly Lycan

From the Louvre, March 2008, cut outs, 1 of 28 pieces, 2009
cardboard packaging from IKEA, paint, padding glue, 16 x various inches
courtesy the artist
value: $350 framed

I photographed things I wanted to take from the Louvre, like shopping with photography. The objects were traced, the sizes homogenized, cut out of IKEA cardboard packaging and painted white. The interesting thing about seeing work in Paris is the relationship of image to space. So often the seminal work we see in a place like Paris are known to us through photographs in a book, the scale of everything gets reduced to a similar size, the colour is black and white or inaccurate. When one actually sees the work the scale or the colour is always a bit of a surprise, there is a translation that happens from image to object, how they are stored in our head as an image is not as they are in three dimensional space. The cutouts represent that space between object and image.

Kelly Lycan received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada and the US, most recently at Gallery TPW in Toronto. She is also a member of Instant Coffee, a service oriented artist collective that builds social structures, where ideas, materials and actions are explored. Instant Coffee has exhibited in Canada, South America, Europe and the USA.