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Grahame Lynch, The Logic of Subduction

Grahame Lynch, The Logic of Subduction (2011), detail, cut and sewn paper, [Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat AB, Feb 23-Apr 13] Photo: Grahame Lynch, Location of installation: Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario

Grahame Lynch: The Logic of Subduction

Esplanade Gallery
Medicine Hat AB – Feb 23-Apr 13, 2013

The Logic of Subduction is a travelling exhibit previously shown at the Thames Art Gallery, Ontario and continuing to the WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay and the Station Gallery, Whitby. Conceived by Ontario artist Grahame Lynch, the project employs unbound sections of pages from Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. They have been cut (“to reveal a core sample of their content”) and bound between steel compression plates, then placed behind tempered glass in installation pieces that comment in part on his own visual difficulties. Etched text superimposed on the polished surfaces refers to journal entries written while Lynch was trekking through the canyons and deserts of Utah.

Lit by an LED strip, the installation requires viewers to use a magnifying glass to peer at the words. Ironically, the visually-impaired artist writes, “I find myself walking around unable to see anything, because I can't focus in low light.” The installation was conceived as a metaphor for the catastrophe inherent in the ever-shifting tectonic plates below the earth’s surface.

Grahame Lynch is an artist, graphic designer and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University, Toronto. He has an MFA from the University of Guelph and is currently enrolled in the Master of Inclusive Design program at OCAD University. He is developing operational methods for documenting, publishing and communicating about artwork in ways that address limits placed on the experience of artwork encountered by disabled individuals.

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Mia Johnson

Grahame Lynch, The Logic of Subduction

Grahame Lynch, The Logic of Subduction (2011), installation [Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat AB, Feb 23-Apr 13] Photo: Grahame Lynch, Location of installation: Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario

Grahame Lynch, The Logic of Subduction

Grahame Lynch, The Logic of Subduction (2011), detail, cut and sewn paper [Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat AB, Feb 23-Apr 13] Photo: Grahame Lynch, Location of installation: Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario

Grahame Lynch, The Logic of Subduction

Grahame Lynch, The Logic of Subduction (2011), installation [Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat AB, Feb 23-Apr 13] Photo: Grahame Lynch, Location of installation: Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario

 Sat, Feb 16, 2013