Toronto artist Kelly Mark makes work informed by a keen interest in everyday observations, from compiling lists to channel-surfing to recombining common phrases. 108 Leyton Ave is perhaps her most personal work comprising a precisely synced video of the artist essentially playing cards and conversing with herself. Filmed over many months and titled after the street address of a house that the artist lived in for several years, the push and pull of the exchange between the mirror images is alternately tense, funny and engrossing. Expressing the artist’s full range of interests while cleverly encapsulating nearly 20 years of artmaking, 108 Leyton Ave is a revealing portrait of physical and emotional endurance.
Photography: Scott Lee
Kelly Mark has exhibited widely across Canada and internationally. Her work is represented in the public collections of The National Gallery of Canada, The Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Foreign Affairs,The Art Gallery of Ontario, Musee d’Art Contemporain and many other public, corporate and private collections. She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council as well as the KM Hunter Artist Award, and Chalmers Art Fellowship. She lives and works in Toronto. Kelly Mark is represented by Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto.