10 January 2013 — 23 February 2013
Clint Roenisch is pleased to open 2013 with Show Room, a solo show of photographs and sculptures by Jimmy Limit (Canadian, born 1982).
Evolving out of an interest in stock photography and an affinity for the aesthetic of the ULINE Catalogue, Show Room showcases a collection of photographs and sculptures that explore the relationships between image, object, and consumption. Photographs are commonly used as tools to sell commodities yet have, naturally, also emerged as a commodity in their own right through fine art markets and stock photo licensing. Show Room addresses the tension between these roles and the multi-layered relationship between photography and commerce.
In the front gallery, or the Show Room, a selection of photographs are installed in gridded format. Each depict simple, yet absurd, assemblages made from ubiquitous materials that have been arranged with careful consideration to formal attributes of the objects included. These photographs mimic the highly polished style of digital commercial photography while also playing upon the possibility of accidental aesthetic value found in various catalogue images. Limit’s photographs, however, appear to put forth an ambiguous agenda that fogs their their final utility despite their crisp, persuasive production. Adding to the confusion each image has been tagged with words such as boredom, depression, anger, passion, isolation, listed in their individual titles - an indexing practice borrowed from online stock photo archives.
The sculptures in the back gallery, or the stock room, reference methods and objects of industrial supply as well as the artist’s studio (a place where works exist in progress, fragmented, in transit and completion). Some of the objects being presented also appear in the displayed photographs in the Show Room, while others await future use or linger in limbo. The Show Room photographs and the stock room objects work in tandem to explore product representation and the manufacturing of desire.
Related press: Review: “Show Room” by Jimmy Limit at Clint Roenisch, Toronto, Jimmy Limit Pushes Photo Boundaries at Clint Roenisch, Mousse Magazine: Jimmy Limit “Show Room” at Clint Roenisch, Toronto, Show Room – Jimmy Limit at Clint Roenisch,