If By Dull Rhymes: Kristan Horton and David Armstrong Six

If By Dull Rhymes:
Kristan Horton and David Armstrong Six

This is the first time the artists have shown together and the gallery is thrilled to be involved in the symbiosis.

About KH:
Kristan Horton makes voracious use of everything at hand, often combined with an extraordinary grasp of digital technology, resulting in complex, intuitive, cerebrally enthralling sculpture, drawing and lens-based works. Using layered processes of construction, both material and virtual, he has produced several long-term projects linked conceptually by their serial and episodic structure. Horton researches and constructs his inquiries with relentless zeal, including his widely acclaimed series, Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove, a series of reconstructed film stills, forty of which were exhibited at the Art Gallery of York University (2007) and accompanied by a publication that included the full two hundred. Horton has had solo exhibitions at Jessica Bradley (2013, 2009, 2007); SAAG (2012); Silver Flag (2010); White Columns (2008) and The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2007) among others. Group shows include Oh, Canada at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2012–2013) and It Is What It Is: Recent Acquisitions of New Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada (2010–2011). In 2010 Horton won the prestigious Grange Prize, a $50k award for excellence in contemporary photography, administered by the Art Gallery of Ontario. Horton studied fine art at the University of Guelph and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

About DA6:
David Armstrong Six has become widely known for his sculpture that freely cannibalizes formalist strategies to elegantly provisional ends. His lines of inquiry treat sculpture as a kind of totemic philosophy, one that is in flux and slyly precarious. The results seem as skeptical of their modernist roots as they are engaged with the fertile possibility of some kind of renewal. And this fluid state of gestation can be traced back to some of Armstrong Six’s earliest investigations, such as Leak Into Space (Mercer Union, 2000) which put forth sculpture as a literal primordial soup, to thrilling, visceral effect. Since 1996 David Armstrong Six has exhibited widely including International Women’s Day at Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); Three Known Points at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2013); Brown Star Plus One at Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2013); Either/Or, at the Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen (2013); Civil Elegies From the Vacuum State at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012); La Biennale de Montréal (2011); The Dry Salvages at Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2010); Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008) among many others. A publication, Three Known Points, includes a conversation with Kristan Horton.

*We wish to thank and acknowledge Parisian Laundry.