Diaz Contemporary is pleased to present Kelly Jazvac’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery, Site Words, Spoilers and Shoplifters. With her adapted use, materially-driven practice, Jazvac looks to the margins of commercial manufacturing and the rhetoric of human environments.
Site Words, the exhibition’s central work, stems from a serendipitous discovery in the artist’s studio, after a stack of commercial sign mistakes was accidentally dropped. Likely intended for a high school gym or hockey arena, the individual signs read PATRIOTS, but as they slid across the floor, the disheveled pile of signs revealed the new form that is currently displayed in this exhibition. Jazvac’s trove of PATRIOTS is accompanied by two other discarded signs, a “spoiler,” and two new multiple editions that emerge from found objects. Collectively, the ensemble reflects Jazvac’s interest in combining recycled materials and objects as signifiers of a broader anthropogenic landscape.
Kelly Jazvac is an artist and co-discoverer of Plastiglomerate: a new hybrid stone made from melted plastic debris and natural materials such as coral, volcanic rock and sand. Jazvac's most recent exhibitions include An other land, and in the other our own at Prosjekstrom Normann’s, Norway (2015); Human Nature at Carleton University Gallery, Ottawa (2015); Recent Landscapes at Louis B. James Gallery, New York City (2014); Anthropophotogenic at The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2014); PARK at Oakville Galleries (2013); Why Painting Now? curated by _Vienna (2013); Impel With Puffs at Diaz Contemporary, Toronto (2013); and More Than Two at The Power Plant, Toronto (2013). Her work has been recently reviewed in The Huffington Post, Magenta Magazine,The New Yorker, Border Crossings, and The Brooklyn Rail. She is represented by Louis B. James Gallery, New York, and Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.