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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday, 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
29 Jun 07until19 Aug 07

Kristan Horton

Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove

B.C. Binning Gallery

A pair of black and white photographs are installed on a gallery wall. The image on the left shows a book titled TOP SECRET. The next image mimics the left image with everyday objects.

For Kristan Horton's first exhibition in Vancouver, the Contemporary Art Gallery will present a selection of thirty-eight photographs from Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove. The doubling of the title of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film is the first key into this ambitious project in which the artist reproduces scenes from the film as sculptures. Using various commonplace items from his studio (a glue-stick, garbage bags, cutlery, felt markers, and dirt, to name only a few) Horton constructs the overall composition of each scene. He then places side by side a black and white photograph of his improvised constructions with a reproduction of the original film still, amalgamating them into a single printed image. In conjunction with his recent exhibition at the Art Gallery of York University, Horton published an artist bookwork of 200 scenes from this on-going series. He has also recently exhibited as part of the group exhibition We Do This Now at the Power Plant in Toronto and will participate in Stutter and Twitch at Bard College Museum, Annandale, New York and in Beyond/In Western, New York at the Albright Know Art Gallery, Buffalo.


Kristan Horton has had an international exhibition career since the late 1990s exhibiting at Glassbox, Paris; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Intercommunications Center, Tokyo. He has recently exhibited Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove at the Art Gallery of York University, North York, Ontario and has had solo exhibitions at Jessica Bradley Projects and Mercer Union in Toronto. Horton was recently featured in the magazine La Repubblica Delle Donne, Milan and a text by Ian Car Harris on his work has appeared in Contemporary Magazine. David Balzer has written on Horton’s work for Canadian Art (Spring 2006) and Yam Lau wrote a feature article for C Magazine (Fall 2006).