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Monday, June 21, 2010

Kevin Rodgers' "Fraternity" Opening June 26th at Modern Fuel

In the Main Gallery:
Fraternity by Kevin Rodgers
26 June – 24 July, 2010
Reception: Saturday 26 June 2010 @7pm

Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, 21 Queen St., Kingston ON

With the new exhibit Fraternity by Kevin Rodgers (London, ON) minimalist sculpture becomes a platform for right-wing political pundits.  To create the sculptures, Rodgers uses inexpensive materials of composite form – boxes, shelves and stacked sheets – the same materials that are utilized in constructions of short duration such as conventions and weekend political retreats. Rodgers’ interest in collapse is pursued through the construction of these boxes and structures that are cut, stacked, packed and ready for shipment or recycling. The political paraphernalia that litter the exhibition, as Rodgers notes in his artist statement, provide “specificity, if not explication; context, if not revelation.”  Fraternity draws upon provisional formalism, conservative subcultures and the rhetoric of radical individualism to create an installation that specifically engages with campus politics.

Kevin Rodgers (London, ON) is a 2008 graduate of the master of fine arts program at the University of Guelph, and is currently a doctoral candidate in art and visual culture at the University of Western Ontario—one of the few programs of its kind in Canada. Rodgers has shown in several group exhibitions across Canada, the United States and Belgium, including shows at Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent; Artspeak, Vancouver; Stride Gallery, Calgary; and recently at Goodwater Gallery, Toronto.

In the State of Flux Gallery:
Watching Paint Dry by Andrew Sims
26 June – 24 July, 2010
Reception: Saturday 26 June 2010 @7pm

Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, 21 Queen St., Kingston ON

Kingston-based photographer Andrew Sims presents a meditation on media and mortality through an investigation of his camera’s abilities to capture the surfaces of things.  In this new series of photographs, Sims attempts to disrupt the habits of perception.

For further information, contact:
Michael Davidge or Bronwyn McLean
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
21A Queen St, Kingston, ON, K7K 1A1
(613) 548-4883

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