Corwyn Lund
Incisions & Illusions

September 9 - October 7, 2017

Corwyn Lund’s sculpture and installation work produces dynamic and critical encounters between the viewer and the built environment. His formative Toronto projects, a series of site-specific installations including Swingsite (offsite installation for YYZ Artists’ Outlet), Parlour of Twilight (permanent installation for the Gladstone Hotel), and Word Count (temporary installation commissioned by the Koffler Gallery), utilized the fundamental human-scale elements of architecture — walls, doors, and windows — to establish physical connections between the viewer-participant and the city-at-large.

Since 2012 Lund’s practice has taken a decidedly material turn, rigorously engaging clay and ceramics in the production of new sculptural work that continues to examine the relationship between architecture and the body. His latest series, titled Tile Paintings, was made by using an industrial saw to incise large-scale porcelain tiles with linear perspective drawings depicting tiled surfaces and architectural spaces. Atop these incised tiles, ceramic glazes are applied that either contribute to, or fight against, the illusion of depth created by the line drawings. The resulting works toggle between mercurial states of solarization and reflection, vacillate between abstraction and trompe l’oeil, and confuse object and image by depicting tiled spaces out of actual tiling materials.

Corwyn Lund is a two-time recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a 2017 Fulbright Scholar at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, USA, where he will be teaching this winter. Lund’s site-specific installations co-opt existing architectural structures to examine the poetics and politics of urban space. His work in solo and group exhibitions at Diaz Contemporary, Arsenal Art Contemporain (Montreal), the Power Plant and Mercer Union spans photography, video, and sculpture. In addition to completing four work periods at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Holland, Corwyn has participated in artist residencies in Israel and China. Lund’s artwork is held in several prominent Canadian collections, as well as the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, NL.
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The artist would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.