1558 Dupont St, Toronto, ON, M6P 3S6
Junction Triangle Route
Exhibited artist: Catherine Telford Keogh
Catherine Telford Keogh’s exhibition of new work, entitled Circuit Trouble, locates and disorients the fabricated boundaries that polarize ideas of cleanliness and contamination. Reflecting on how boundaries maintain ideas of autonomy, the artist has created a series of sculptural enclosures that sift through questions of function tied to ideologies of sanitation. Telford Keogh’s work combines reclaimed materials related to hygienic containment such as shower inserts, nail salon sinks, and air fresheners, and fills their cavities with garbage and found debris collected from sidewalk tree beds in Brooklyn, New York. The floor sculptures Deep Low Life (Blue Gaspe) and Deep Low Life (Pantone® Yellow Lime) also contain the bacteria marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus. Hovering above the static debris inside the works, cursive glass tubes used for advertising neon signage are filled with used motor oil and the hydrocarbon eating marine bacteria, functioning as a separate digestive system and creating multiple registers of consumption.