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Erica Eyres: Holidays in the Future

Lisa Kehler Art + Projects is pleased to announce Erica Eyres’ first solo show at the gallery. Holidays in the Future will feature a series of new drawings whose source of inspiration was culled from the pages of pornographic magazines.  HITF also marks the premiere of Eyres’ latest video work, Clay Head.

 After collaborating on a zine with a fellow artist, Eyres’ was captivated with, and began to obsessively collect, new source material from two publications in particular: Fiesta – a pornographic magazine from the early 70s, and Health & Efficiency, or H&E- the longest running naturist publication in the world (celebrating its 116th year). Fiesta’s ‘reader’s wives submissions’ served as an alternative to the current fascination with the ‘selfie’ for Eyres. “The immediacy of digital photography allows you to take pictures of yourself with your phone, to practice in the mirrored camera, and to repeatedly delete until you get the right one. These images offer a more complicated narrative in which you imagine the situation that the photograph was taken in; you wonder about the other person who is taking the photo, what their relationship is to the model, and their motive for mailing it in.”


H&E’s photographs of nude people engaging in the most mundane activities, offers a simple counterpoint. “The more restrained rendering also makes sense with these images because the subjects try to portray themselves as normal by engaging in mundane activities, despite their very obvious eccentricity of being naked all the time.”

 In Clay Head, Eyres continues to move further away from appearing in the videos herself, choosing to construct, as the title would suggest, a lead character made of clay. The narrative is performed herself, albeit slightly distorted.

Holidays in the Future is the first solo exhibition of Eyres’ drawings in Canada in over a decade. The show will run from September 9 until Saturday, October 10, 2015, with an opening reception to be held Wednesday, September 9, 6-9 pm.

Erica Eyres (born in Winnipeg, Canada 1980) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Eyres graduated with a MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2004. She has had solo exhibitions at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow and the Kunsthaus, Erfurt, with selected group exhibitions including PS1, New York, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, The Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland, and The Collective, Edinburgh. Her work is in international collections including The Rubell Family Collection, Miami and The David Roberts Collection, London.

Preview of Exhibition in Galleries West

Earlier Event: July 25
Sylvia Matas: A Certain Distance
Later Event: October 22
Feature Art Fair (Toronto)