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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