Explore the powerful confluence of art and domestic space in the newest exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery

Last updated: June 11, 2024

The Burnaby Art Gallery is pleased to present The Fireplace, an engaging solo exhibition by acclaimed artist Kelly Lycan, from June 21 to August 25, 2024. This exhibition invites visitors into contemplative spaces where art, architecture and history intersect.

With a longstanding inquiry of repurposed and recontextualized interiors, objects, and materials, Lycan’s exhibition, The Fireplace, looks at a host of occupants in the once-residential space of the Burnaby Art Gallery, mediating between the world of objects and the absence of its former residents. Lycan’s works reference previous furniture, decorations and styles that have passed through the gallery (a former domestic residence and monastery, amongst other uses), along with its prior inhabitants. Offering new glimpses of the gallery/home through reconfiguration, as well as drawing on her long history as a set decorator for film, The Fireplace is the staging of a home through a mythical conflation of time periods and stories, set in the present day.

Kelly Lycan is a photo-based installation artist whose work investigates how objects and images are placed and displayed in the world, and the resulting cycle of value they experience. Lycan holds an MFA from the University of Western Ontario and has exhibited her work extensively across Canada and internationally. Her works reflect a deep engagement with materiality, photography and the subtleties of the visual world.

Opening Reception, performance and book launch: Thursday, June 20, 6:30-9 pm
With musical performance by My Name is Del, 8:30 pm

Learn More: Kelly Lycan
Images: High resolution promotional images


Since 1967, the Burnaby Art Gallery has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting a contemporary and historical visual art program by local, national and internationally recognized artists.  As the only public art museum in Canada dedicated to works of art on paper, the Burnaby Art Gallery endeavours to represent a variety of techniques and practices from artists of diverse backgrounds. The Burnaby Art Gallery cares for and manages more than 6,500 works of art in the City of Burnaby’s Permanent Art Collection, as well as the City of Burnaby Public Art Collection.

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