The Graey Art Collective: Kiel Torres

The Graey is an interdisciplinary, Vancouver-based youth artist collective at Satellite Gallery. Together, they travel the in-betweens and grey areas of the city’s diverse community of artists, trying to piece together their own voices. The collective responds to the artistic and cultural pulse of the city through public art projects, art interventions, and individual art explorations. Through the wide-ranging experiences that have shaped each individual member, they come together as a collective not only to make sense of it all but to engage in a conversation with their city, its art, and its public.
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Recently, the Graey has exhibited a public art piece in conjunction with Canada Line, entitled Tight City (2014). This photographic installation explores sustainable living conditions under economic pressure from the rising real-estate. Posing as urban residents, members of the collective play with illusion to stage a high-density living space that appears to fit inside a Canada Line exit shelter. The Tight City residents are positioned in reference to Edouard Manet’s painting, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863). Just as Edouard Manet was interested in depicting the economic and social transitions that resulted as 19th century France moved from agrarian to urban centres of production, Tight City points to the increasingly upscale movement in Vancouver real estate due to globalization.
Other past projects include a series of collaborative zines, a pop-up photo booth intervention, and an experimental film entitled Lost in a Moment.
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Lotusland will be posting the work of one artist per day from The Graey.

KIEL TORRES

My artistic practice is fuelled by random bursts of hyperactivity and my limited attention span. I’m inspired by awkward encounters, imperfect geometry, happy accidents, dreams about teeth, and found objects, and I’m currently studying Art History at UBC.

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