Shelagh Keeley: Notes on Obsolescence


“Keeley’s work explores different architectural and social histories while paying attention to the multiple embodied temporalities at work in these spaces as they shift in purpose over time. There are no people in the pieces, but Keeley forces us to reckon with the ghosts and traces of human activity.” — Sarah Sharma, p. 111–112

The 15th title in the Power Plant Pages series was produced in conjunction with the exhibitions Shelagh Keeley: Notes on Obsolescence, curated by Gaëtane Verna, organized by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and presented 20 September 2014–15 May 2018, and An Embodied Haptic Space, curated by November Paynter, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto and presented 6 February–27 September 2020.

In Shelagh Keeley’s drawings, the gesture of her hand and physicality of her body are integral to her mark-making. Her work involves a high degree of physical effort and by working with the limits of concrete surfaces and the constraints of its architecture, Keeley defines a confined space within which she works within.

The publication features texts by Marc Mayer, Sarah Sharma, T’ai Smith, and Gaëtane Verna.

Editor: Gaëtane Verna

Designer: Pata Macedo

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Product Information

  • Publisher: The Power Plant
  • Year: 2020
  • ISBN: 9781894212809
  • Pages: 128
  • Illustrations: TBD
  • Dimensions: 19.5 x 15 cm, hardcover
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