Installations by two Vancouver artists combine to cover the walls, ceiling and floor of the Simon Fraser University main gallery. Brightly coloured piles of shredded paper by Michelle Allard are piled up in a style she describes as Neo-Baroque messy minimalism. Reminiscent of snow cones or mineral formations, her seductive mountains of confetti are heaped on a slightly raised stage. Allards work, fittingly titled Confection, is temporary and site-specific but closely tied to the gallery space and a more traditional gallery presentation.
Khan Lee, on the other hand, seeks to dematerialize the room by having the visitor interact with spheres and geometry that at first appear disembodied and otherworldly. The combination of approaches to installation art provides a sense of being enveloped by slightly unstable cosmos. The overall effect is one of stepping into the lair of something living and breathing that is temporarily at rest.
Michelle Allard was born and raised in Vancouver, studied at the Toronto School of Art and the Ontario College of Art and Design, and completed an MFA at the University of Guelph in 2003. In 2006 she relocated to Vancouver. Created from cardboard, plastics, shredded paper, and packaging and shipping materials, her sculptures and installations typically follow themes of accumulation and recycling. Allard has been awarded artist residencies in Canada, France and Japan.
Khan Lee was born in Korea and immigrated to Canada in the 1990s. He earned a BFA in 2000 from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and worked as a studio and technical assistant for numerous artists in Vancouver, including Jeff Wall, Judy Radul and Roy Arden. Lee has exhibited in Canada, Tokyo and England, and is an active member of Instant Coffee and Inter-Mission.