Jean-Paul Kelly: The Full Catastrophe

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Using abstraction, animation, and re-enactments, Toronto-based artist Jean-Paul Kelly — the 2014 recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award for “artistic excellence in the moving image” at the New York Film Festival — has created a powerful series of short videos that examine the attractors and repulsors of various forms of media representation. Details from documentaries, press cuttings, publications, and online media streams are isolated, superimposed, composited, and otherwise reconfigured into new meanings — often in disturbing pairings of pleasure and pain, desire and trauma. The centrepiece of the program, Service of the goods, is a shot-by-shot reproduction of scenes from Frederick Wiseman documentaries, stripped of their naturalistic signifiers to bring underlying ideologies into sharper focus. “This film is not only a bang-on piece of filmic analysis; it also poses fundamental questions about the representation of social institutions, and those stuck inside of them” (Michael Sicinski, Keyframe Magazine).

(Glissement) The Sense of an Ending | Canada 2010. 4 min.
A Minimal Difference | Canada 2012. 5 min.
Service of the goods | Canada 2013. 29 min.
Figure-ground | Canada 2013. 5 min.
The Innocents | Canada 2014. 13 min.
Movement in Squares | Canada 2013. 13 min.
Programmed by Michèle Smith
Screening format: DCP
Jean-Paul Kelly is a Canadian artist who uses video, drawing, and photography to explore the relationship between materiality and perception, interrogating the limits of representation by examining complex associations between found documentary and photojournalistic reference materials. His work has been exhibited and screened across Canada and internationally. From 2009 to 2012, Kelly was programming director and curator of Trinity Square Video (Toronto). 
Image: Service of the goods, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.