Life as a Key Punch Operator, 2016, archival ink on archival Japanese paper (detail). Courtesy of the artist.
This exhibition brings together three bodies of work by internationally established Canadian artist Ken Lum that explore questions of truth in representation, all in forms that can be considered a kind of portraiture. Words in paint or printed on paper, figures in clay and bronze; symbolic objects standing in for the human subject. These works blur the relationships between the life and the representation of it, between text and image as signifier, and art and document. Together, they suggest that we must look awry—and wryly—at the evidence of lives lived, stories told and untold.