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Usher the Fall of the House, 2013,
found dresser, wood, paint,graphite,
Plexiglas, bronze and aquarium gravel,
195 x 99 x 48.5 cm
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Bird Wallpaper (Torn), 2013, 1/3,
with Robert Yates,
high-definition video installation with sound, paper,
206 x 124.5 cm
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Camp Street, 2013,
bronze, painted wood,
32.5 x 23 x 19 cm
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9th Street, 2013,
bronze, painted wood,
30.5 x 35.5 x 23.5 cm
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Chestnut Street, 2013,
bronze, painted wood, 30.5 x 35.5 x 23.5 cm

Emma Maersk, 2012,
poplar, cast aluminum, balsa, paint, plexiglass, lamps,
270 x 80 x 238 cm

Ship in a Bottle, 2012,
bronze, glass, 21 x 45 x 15 cm

Telephone Road, 2009, edition of 2,
bronze, white metal, nylon thread, 33 x 79 x 15 cm

Napier Street Garage, 2009 and Napier Street, 2009, edition of 2, bronze, painted wood, 17 x 12 x 11 cm and 31 x 24 x 21 cm

2nd Street South, 2009, edition of 2,
bronze, painted wood, 24 x 17 x 16 cm

Tecumseth Street, 2008, edition of 3,
bronze, aluminum, cedar, LED, 124 x 40 x 20 cm

Sorry, 2008, bronze, 151 x 86 x 82.5 cm

Suitcase, 2006, beech wood, 15 x 50 x 38 cm

Untitled, 2006, beech wood, 86 x 113 x 40.5 cm

Kevin Yates

Yates has garnered a great deal of attention for his sculptural work, whether finding inspiration in a crime scene, or tracing the sense of dislocation which results from too frequent relocation. He likens his work to film stills: objects that hold space like a “pause” allowing the viewer time to examine and inspect. Yates is particularly interested in the cold relationship that exists between tragedy and the scrutiny of the viewer. His installations confound the expectation of knowing-through-seeing, setting the stage for a perpetual mystery.
Born in Owen Sound, Ontario
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax
M.F.A., University of Victoria, Victoria

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Usher the Fall of the House
  -Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
   about the exhibition
  -Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines

Re:Thinking the Past, Grey Roots Museum
   & Archive, Owen Sound
   Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
  about the exhibition
Alluvium, Ditch Projects, Springfield, Oregon
Recent Work, ODD Gallery, Dawson City,
HOT HAIL, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
This Room has no Walls, Galerie Optica,
Dead Objects, Susan Hobbs Gallery,
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
My ex-girlfriend is a slut, Robert
   McLaughlin Gallery Oshawa;
   Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery,
   Owen Sound
small dead woman, Forest City Gallery,
New and Used, Anna Leonowens Gallery,
small dead woman, YYZ Artist’s Outlet,
Untitled (small dead woman), Artspeak,
Hesitation, The Rogue Gallery, Victoria

Selected Group Exhibitions

Tales to Astonish, Hallwalls Contemporary
   Arts Center, Buffalo
Hantise, Art Mûr, Montreal
Tales To Astonish, Cambridge Galleries,
   Cambridge, Ontario
Wunder Worry, Open Space, Victoria
It Is What It Is: Recent Acquisitions of New
   Canadian Art, National Gallery of
   Canada, Ottawa
So Fake They’ll Think It’s Real,
   Sienna Gallery, Lennox, Massachusetts
Comic Relief, National Gallery of
   Canada, Ottawa
duesseldorf contemporary redux,
   Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Fun House, Art Gallery of Alberta,
Remaking the Real, Susan Hobbs Gallery,
Recent Acquisitions, Musée d’art
   contemporain, Montréal
Eye Contact, Jordan Schnitzer Museum,
   Eugene, Oregon

FrameWork 4/16

by Edward Bacal (essay)

Susan Hobbs Gallery, April 2016

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What his work boils down to

by Murray Whyte (review)

The Toronto Star, 9 April 2016

Kevin Yates

by Micaela Maftei (review)

Canadian Art, Spring 2014

Kevin Yates

by Krystina Mierins

Artillery, November 2013

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Kevin Yates: Strange Symmetries

by Mimi Joh-Carnella (review), 18 November 2013

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FrameWork 9/13

by Sabrina Maher (essay)

Susan Hobbs Gallery, September 2013

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FrameWork 5/12

by Renée van der Avoird (essay)

Susan Hobbs Gallery, May 2012

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Kevin Yates at Susan Hobbs, Toronto

by Rosemary Heather (review)

Flash Art, January/February 2010

The world in the wake of the flood

by Gary Michael Dault (review)

The Globe and Mail, 7 November 2009

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Dusseldorf Do

by Leah Sandals (review)

NOW, 17-24 July 2008

How to Review Toronto’s Art Scene in One Day or Less

by Stephanie Vegh (article), 7 July 2008

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When all hail breaks loose

by Gary Michael Dault (review)

The Globe and Mail, 23 February 2008

Fun House takes you through a looking glass, darkly

by Mary Christa O’Keefe (review)

Vue Weekly, 11-17 October 2007

Gallery scraps old ideas

by Susan Jones (review)

St. Albert Gazette, 22 September 2007

Not just another pile of laundry

by Sarah Milroy (review)

The Globe and Mail, 24 July 2007

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Remaking the Real

by Claire Christie (exhibition brochure)

Toronto: Susan Hobbs Gallery, 2007

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Poetique de la table a pique-niquec

by Michel Hellman (review)

Le Devoir, 18-19 November 2006

Bouffee d’air

by Lyne Crevier (review)

ici, 16-22 November 2006

The tables turn

by Christine Redfern (review)

Montreal Mirror, 9-15 November 2006

Kevin Yates: Susan Hobbs Gallery

by Gary Michael Dault (review)

The Globe and Mail, 23 September 2006

Kevin Yates

by Kate Regan (review)

Toronto Life, September 2006

Eye Candy

by David Balzer (review)

Eye Weekly, 27 January 2005

The Big Picture

by R.M. Vaughan (review)

The National Post, 15 January 2005

Love, hate and the scary, mushy things

by Sarah Milroy (review)

The Globe and Mail, 14 January 2005

A small study in American apology

by Julia Dault (review)

The National Post, 6 January 2005

Kevin Yates

by Betty Ann Jordan (preview)

Toronto Life, January 2005

Kevin Yates: Susan Hobbs Gallery

by Corinna Ghaznavi (review)

Espace Sculpture, Summer 2005

My ex-girlfriend is a slut

by Corinna Ghaznavi, Stuart Reid, and David Diviney
(exhibition catalogue)

Oshawa/Owen Sound: Robert McLaughlin Gallery/Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, 2004

Critics’ Choice

by Sarah Milroy (review)

The Globe and Mail, 12 July 2003

Generation Next

by Sarah Milroy (article)

The Globe and Mail, 10 May 2003

The art of small-scale violence

by Gary Michael Dault (review)

The Globe and Mail, 13 July 2002

Art by Numbers

by Peter Goddard (review)

The Toronto Star, 13 July 2002

The Nature of Serial Killers

by Bess Gabrielle Lovejoy (review)

The Stranger 13, 6-12 June 2002

Kevin Yates: small dead woman

by Lorna Brown (exhibition catalogue)

Vancouver: Artspeak, 2002