INTERVAL 2007-2010

“The work of Lynda Gammon throws a serious wrench in the distinctions between artistic disciplines, flirting with architecture, photography, performance, and sculpture, while being faithful to none. The works first appear as a chaos of ephemera—photographs, paper, tape, wood, foam core—like exploding archives protruding from the wall. References to and images of derelict or otherwise imperfect architectural spaces—often Gammon’s studios—abound, though never in their entirety, frustrating a desire for a complete image. Ironically, the works use sculptural techniques of assemblage by using photography at every turn, but to material rather than pictorial ends. Photographs are taken and developed, printed and cut, taped and glued, draped and woven together, such that no singular, coherent image can be deciphered. The space of the photograph is given over to the tactile, material qualities of the form itself essentially turning the traditional function of the medium inside out…. They occupy the dubious ground between process and object, not resolving clearly on one side or another. Take, for example, Interval # 4 (2010): Long trails of paper are casually draped over horizontal rods and hang down in layers like locks of hair, nearly touching the floor. The layers are woven together with alternating, perpendicular strips of photographs in such a way that refuses completion. Any picture used in the process is only shown in fragments and viewers are likewise forced to read the work in its piecemeal construction, rather than in its entirety. “   Kathleen Ritter, catalogue essay Silent as Glue, 2011.

Oakville Galleries

Southern Alberta Art Gallery

“The works in Silent As Glue are deceptively simple. They are the results of large doses of intuition, a dialogue with art history, a play between restraint and love of materials, and the ambition of the artists to surprise and delight themselves and others. There is a confidence in these works that is reassuring. It comes from both questioning what has been made before and a commitment to move forward. It is about bringing new images to life that are both of the world and of the artists’ singular imaginations. Each of the artists has a sensibility that has been finely honed over decades, resonating between an appreciation of humble, quotidian materials and a need to re-shape them into something that is both familiar and awkward at the same time—objects and images that one has never seen before, rich with references and allusions to the built world…I have known and admired each of these artists for a long time and have always felt that there was a powerful connection between how they brought objects into the world. I hoped that their overlapping sensibilities would be amplified if one were able to experience a careful selection of their works in a shared space. This exhibition is the result of that desire.” Micah Lexier, Curator, Silent as Glue


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Interval #1, 2007

96”w X 96” h X 12”d, paper, vellum, fiber based photographs, wood, metal, lamps


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Interval #1, 2007

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Interval #6, 2010, 96”w X 96” h X 12”d; paper, vellum, fiber based photographs, wood, metal.

Interval #6, 2010

96”w X 96” h X 12”d; paper, vellum, fiber based photographs, wood, metal


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Interval #2, 2010

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Interval #2, 2007

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Interval #2, 2010

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