On the evening of June 6th, Art Metropole hosted a launch for samplesize.ca, a new cross platform web site featuring projects by a cast of international and national artists, curators, and writers. Initiated by Canadian artist Kelly Mark, samplesize.ca offers a platform for the presentation of artistsâ€™ projects from a diverse roster of contributors. A large and enthusiastic crowd attended the launch for the site and browsed through the site at several computer stations. A video projection allowed fans to sample the site.
Kelly Mark has always had an intense preoccupation with the differing shades of pathos and humour found in everyday life. Hidden in the repetitive mundane tasks, routines and rituals of contemporary culture, she finds startling moments of poetic individuation. This â€œimprint of the individual,â€ although subtle and frequently paradoxical, is something she repeatedly returns to. Through her â€˜will to orderâ€™ and her (self-described) frequently inane sense of humour, her objective is the investigation, documentation and validation of these singular â€˜markedâ€™ and â€˜unmarkedâ€™ moments of our lives.
Toronto-based Kelly Mark received her BFA in 1994 at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. She has exhibited widely across Canada, and internationally at venues including the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), The Power Plant (Toronto), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Muse d’Art Contemporain (Montreal), Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), Bass Museum (Miami), Ikon Gallery (UK), Lisson Gallery (UK), and the Physics Room (NZ). Mark represented Canada at the Liverpool Biennale in 2006 and the Sydney Biennale in 1998. She is a recipient of numerous Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council grants, as well as the KM Hunter Artist Award (2002), and Chalmers Art Fellowship (2002).
3: Kelly Mark.
4: samplesize.ca projected during the launch at Art Metropole.
5: Joel Gibb of the Hidden Cameras.
6: Germaine Koh, Kelly Mark and James Carl.
7: Fastwurms demo the new website.