Liam Coo’s photographic exhibition, Unexpected Space will be showcasing at the IMA Gallery from October 3 – October 25 , 2013
Unexpected Space presents a set of scenarios that appear both intentionally dull and unexpectedly strange. Each image acts as a performance set within the urban environment, a place where uncanny moments seem plentiful and familiar. Through these enactments and disturbances, the artist attempts to make light of the curious nature of urban spaces and the objects and figures that inhabit and move through them. Many of the images seem to invoke memories of our own meanderings through urban pathways.
We see a decontextualized shelving unit blocking an exterior doorway and a man obscured by a tree, gazing into a public swimming pool; the images present us with the banality of the city while reminding us that perhaps these moments are not banal at all, but rather, intensely odd and significant gestures made by human beings navigating through these spaces together, with us, leaving oddities in their paths.
While there is no physical evidence of the photographer intervening, the audience is left wondering about the ambiguous level of construction taking place. The scenarios are not necessarily made to be experienced first hand and, as photographs, their meanings shift toward a prolonged examination of the figures, objects, and spaces interacting with one another. While viewing these images the spectator is given to wonder at the narrative unfolding before them and is offered no conclusion but rather, further rumination.
Liam Coo is an artist and photographer working in Toronto and Montreal. He received his BFA from Ryerson University and is currently working on his MFA at Concordia University. His work tackles issues of representation in photography and the exploration of narratives created by images.