• Kelly Mark

    Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and Blackwood Gallery

    The highlight of Kelly Mark’s recent survey exhibition—curated by Barbara Fischer at two of the University of Toronto’s main galleries—was REM, 2007, an installation reflecting the artist’s long-standing preoccupations with television culture, repetitive labor, and wasted time. The work consisted of four makeshift living rooms kitted out like the sets of domestic sitcoms. Each space was furnished with a TV and other items referencing a range of class and cultural signifiers. These included a white shag rug, an expanse of Buren-esque striped carpeting, a banged-up coffee table, a glass

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