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2011

NEW VERNACULAR HOME

In this series of large format digital prints I am exploring the theme of transition with the idea of the arcology. I am using a sculptural approach to single photographic images in creating fantastical landscapes in the built environment of Montreal and surrounding areas.

The built environment is an important theme that threads its way through most of my work past and present. This work is a continuation of that thought process. I dialogued with a singular photograph as a self-contained object, re-sampling its present elements by cutting, pasting, twisting and bending in a non-traditional way of doing photomontage.

The prints in this series are of condominium constructions in transition that I pass by in my life. They border on the surreal, evoking notions of multiple realities that are in conflict, where one reality is in the process of being forgotten. Arcologies were first proposed by Paolo Soleri as a concept to develop compact alternatives to existing urban sprawl. It is a closed unit that is theoretically self-sufficien capable of growing its own food and recycling its own water in an effort to have a more efficient use of space and resources.

Dimensions : 36"x36" for all prints
Media : Printed on Arches acid-free rag paper using a 7 colour achival inkjet printer
Date : 2010 on going

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2009

TOGETHER SEPARATE

It is important to be intimate with your immediate environment, and trust what is around you. In this work I wanted to generate signs of intimacy with the everyday things that I have collected in my life.

These everyday collected objects are not ordinary things, they are charged with significance. They are personal relics that are collecting dust for the most part, but at the same time they are cultural icons that have a function along side the personal memories they evoke.

My body of work deals with interpreting these objects by re-making and activating them with their own logic and function. I am at the same time analyzing and interacting with these objects so that they can become something alive again, to produce signs of communication with the memory they evoke. It is a work of transition and transformation.

Title: Together Separate
Date: 2009
Medium: Video + Prints on acid-free rag paper using a 7-coulour large format inkjet, with ultra chrome archival inks.
Dimension: 27” x 39” for all prints

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2008

BUILDING FOSSILS

Through photography and print making I explore issues of space and time under the influence of modernity, observing how contemporary architectural monuments can quickly recede into representations of antiquity. The work is concerned with contemporary practices within the mediums of photography and printmaking.  It is printed on acid-free rag paper using a
7-coulour large format inkjet, with ultra chrome archival inks.

There are many ghosts and remnants from generations past that are on their way to be forgotten and replaced by the new generation of construction.  Much of what is built, especially now is not built to last, everything has an expiry date, a built-inobsolescence, and is expected to be replaced. We live in a somewhat disposable society, and that mentality is seen very clearly in the Modern architecture that has been build around us.  As the methods and materials of construction evolve some trace is always left behind.  An echo of the past is revealed for a short period of time in the form of “building fossils”, appearing in the interrupted spaces between buildings. 

It is in these transitional spaces that speak to how I see the urban built environment as an abstract eco system with complex cycles of life, death, and rejuvenation.

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Date: 2008
Medium: Printed on acid-free rag paper using a 7-coulour large format inkjet, with ultra chrome archival inks.
Dimension: 27” x 39” for all prints

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