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Owen Kydd Biography

Owen Kydd’s images interrupt conventional systems of looking. As he shifts between photography and video, Kydd questions whether near-stillness can contain a picture, and what this resulting experience says about the moments before and after a traditional photograph is taken. Envoy, an oversized tableau that is the artist’s largest photograph to date created for Not/Normal, features a solitary figure caught between a state of protest and resignation. Produced using three-dimensional modeling software, it combines various elements from a Los Angeles street scene into a single virtual space. The photograph is presented alongside two other video works that further interrogate the space between still photography and time-based media.

Owen Kydd (b. Calgary, Canada) studied at completed his BFA at Simon Fraser University in 2002 and his MFA at UCLA in 2012. He has recently exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2015); the Montreal Museum of Fine Art (2015); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014); and the International Center of Photography, New York (2014). Kydd’s works are housed in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Vancouver Art Gallery; the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo; and numerous others. Kydd lives and works in Los Angeles.