Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Nick & Sheila Pye, Adore, 2006
Nick & Sheila Pye, Adore, 2006
2007 Featured Exhibition

Sheila Pye, Nicholas Pye
A Life Of Errors

May 4–June 2, 2007
Angell Gallery
1444 Dupont St, Unit 15

Malaise, deceit, perpetual tug-of-war – they are all
parts of a vigorous marriage. Or so we infer from
the
recent work of Sheila and Nick Pye, a married
couple
of six years whose collaborative output often
explores
the psychological minefield of committed
relations.


In their film installation A Life of Errors – on
display along with a series of photos – the
strange and sometimes subtle power struggles
that arise as folks submit to one another are
given bleak and slightly baroque caricature.


A couple (played by the Pyes) living in a dilapidated
apartment engages in strange activities that reek
of subtext, such as a passive game of tug-of-war
played with a fraying rope. The two lean back on
their heels while the rope frays further and further
before snapping and sending them both to the
floor. A makeup kiss births a pink-ribbon tongue
that binds them as they move apart into separate
bedrooms. In another dubious game, Sheila leads a
blindfolded Nick around broken glass on the floor.
In the accompanying photos, Sheila and Nick
drown separately in a bathtub, set fire to
mattresses
and, in one particularly uplifting shot,
make out covered in topsoil. We know life is
messy, but the Pyes make it look worthwhile.

–Josh Tyson

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Photography Festival

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