Material Continuity

Material Continuity

Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1995
Neutral Ground, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1996
Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, 1996
Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1997
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario, 1998

[installation: 24 mylar screens with hand-painted images, aluminum frame, aluminum sheets, audio]

A series of diagnostic images hand-painted on clear mylar screens reference the dismemberment of the body by sophisticated medical imaging technology. The fragmented body hovers in a large three-dimensional corridor like a numinous medical hologram. Despite its technological look, the images are meticulously painted to scale and installed with menacing, suspended sheets of aluminum and an ambient audio component that shifts from the sounds of sliding steel to medieval chants.

"In Kavanagh's work, there can be sudden transitions between metaphors for structures of power and rationalized assimilation... These shifts are disquieting and provide openings which invite an interrogation of the incongruities evident in so many orthodox methodologies. The ideologies are seen as far more threatening in these instances than the actual applications of technology." (Tim Nowlin, 1998)