Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is pleased to present Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave, organised by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Join us on Friday, February 8, 7 – 10 PM, to celebrate the opening of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s Winter Exhibitions! The exhibitions Weave and Moving through darkness into the clearing will be celebrated with remarks, engaging gallery talks, and light refreshments. Visit our website for more information.

Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave

February 9, 2019 – April 21, 2019
Co-curated by Stephen Horne and Sunny Kerr

“The taut thread…was the precursor of the drawn line of architectural design, whose straightness was compared to that of a ray of light. Sixteenth century treatises on perspective even depicted sight lines as lines of tightly stretched thread, but with loose ends that betrayed their nature.” —Tim Ingold

Canadian artists Chris Kline and Yam Lau present Weave, a two-person exhibition that reflects precise involvement in the fields of force of materials. In an unusual pairing, the artists’ respective works find surprising affinities: Kline’s tender and rigorous hand-coloured paintings contrast with Lau’s gliding cinematic movements through simulated space, but both artists are intimately involved with the entanglement of idea and substance, being and becoming, memory and form, especially as woven through or across screens.

We generally understand two sorts of screens in our daily encounters: the ones that work by opacity to block something out, providing privacy, for example, and the other sort of screens that give us a window into the visual world. As they appear in these artists’ works, screens shift between withholding and revealing, layering and disclosing unfolding intricacies.

This exhibition, curated by Stephen Horne and Sunny Kerr, is organised and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council.

About the artists

Chris Kline creates near translucent canvasses. His delicate watercolour markings are made visible only under close inspection, and, even then, are done so in a slow-revealing way. Born in Ontario, Kline attended Queen’s University (B.A. Honours) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). His recent solo exhibition, Bright Limit, organized by Oakville Galleries, toured at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Kline has been a semi-finalist in the RBC Painting Prize, and long-listed for the Sobey Art Award. His work has also been featured in the 2011 Quebec Triennial and can be found in the collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, the Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal, and the Musée d’art de Joliette, Quebec, as well as private and corporate collections. The artist now lives and works in Montréal, QC.

Yam Lau is an artist and writer based in Toronto. He received his MFA from the University of Alberta and is now based in Toronto where he is an Associate Professor of Painting at York University. Lau’s creative work and research explore new expressions and qualities of space, time, and image. His most recent works combine video and computer-generated animation to re-create familiar spaces in varied dimensionalities and perspectives. In addition to his new media work, he is actively involved in the local art community. Certain aspects of his practice, such as using a donkey as an on-going mobile project space in Beijing, China, are designed to solicit community participation. The recipient of numerous awards from the Canada, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, Lau has exhibited widely across Canada, the US, and Europe. He also publishes regularly on art and design.


Stephen Horne is primarily an art critic, writing on contemporary issues in European, Canadian, and Asian art and has organized exhibitions in Canada, Germany and France. Horne publishes in a number of periodicals in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. He currently lives near Aubusson in Nouvelle Acquitaine and is researching the topic of inhabitation and materiality. Horne sees his work in criticism and curating as a “collaborative” practice.

Sunny Kerr is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. He has developed numerous exhibitions, acquisitions, programs and publications in his role as Curator, showing a keen aptitude for collaborating with artists. He is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University where he was selected for a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. He is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Conservation at Queen’s University. Kerr completed his BFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and earned his MFA at York University in 2006.

Associated public programs

Artist Performance
March 9 | 1:30 PM | Free with registration
Join us for a performance with artist Yam Lau to rethink new expressions and qualities of space, time, and image. Visit our website and follow us on Instagram for more information

Mon. | Closed,
Tue., Wed., Fri., Sun. | 11 AM – 4 PM
Thurs. | 11 AM – 8 PM
Sat. | 10 AM – 5 PM


About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a municipal gallery with a vision to be a cultural hub in the City of Markham. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art, both historical and contemporary, by presenting high quality and well-researched exhibitions as well as educational and artistic programs that are relevant to the communities we serve. We produce and circulate exhibitions that support the work of contemporary artists. Specifically, we support artists from York Region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and communities.

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Image: Installation view, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON. Photo: Paul Litherland