sean mills

Sean Mills | Transparent Architecture as Support at Burrard Arts Foundation

Burrard Arts Foundation is pleased to present recent works by artist-in-residence Sean Mills (BFA 2010). Vancouver based artist Sean Mills’ recent practice has seen him meticulously exploring the materiality of paint to test the boundaries of its objectmaking potential. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2010, Mills has been methodically experimenting with the laborious accumulation and layering of material to create sculptures, three-dimensional paintings and works on unconventional surfaces that examine light, space, and time. Occasionally paralleling the concerns of institutional critique, his laborious work addresses ideas of transparency in both a literal and figurative sense.

During his three month residency at Burrard Arts Foundation, Mills has been using architectural glass as a support to repeatedly layer transparent paint. Installed away from the walls, the resultant works are viewable from all angles, denying a privileged viewpoint while being able to be seen through. The works alter with their environment: activity around the paintings becomes framed as subject and they become sites for events, movement and actions while the accumulated paint acts as a lens to simultaneously allow and distort looking.

Transparent Architecture as Support
Sean Mills
Burrard Arts Foundation
108 E Broadway Exhibition
open until June 20, 2015
Hours: Tuesday- Saturday, 12-5pm 

(text by Elliat Albrecht)

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