Extended Spaces

Tania Kitchell

Toronto based artist Tania Kitchell documents the passing of time and seasons in a world created through technological invention. Images of distant highways, captured on the Internet, are displayed in four transit shelters on Queen Street West from Ossington Avenue to Gladstone Avenue. Each image is documents the time, air temperature, road temperature and road condition. With no reference to specific location, the images are both strange and hauntingly familiar; as if one has already been to this unknown place on the other side of the world.

In Kitchell’s earlier work, she presented us with her environment as the subject; one in which she reacted to and interacted with. The resulting photographs were at once documentary and performance based. Though the acts within the photographs were staged, the weather could not be controlled. Recording the weather is one way in which the artist attempts to regain this control. As a way of documenting the passing of time as well as an affirmation to consider each day, Kitchell creates a sense that nothing is constant and that change is inevitable.

Kitchell, who is of Chinese-Ukrainian descent, was born in Saskatchewan, studied art in Paris at Parsons School of Design and now lives in Toronto. Solo exhibitions include Low Pressure, James Harris Gallery (2005), White Water, Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna (2002), and Cold Cuts, Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2002). Recent group exhibitions include It's a Big White World, Mercer Union (2005),19 Rainstorms, Western Bridge, Seattle (2005), and The Weather/le temps qu’il fait, Galerie Liane et Danny Taran, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Blackwood Gallery (2004).