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Between the Sea and the Sky
… I had been led by some effect of sunlight to mistake what was only a darker stretch of sea for a distant coastline, or to gaze at a belt of liquid azure without knowing whether it belonged to the sea or sky. -- Marcel Proust
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present Between the Sea and the Sky, an exhibition of artworks by Luc Courchesne, Jérôme Fortin and Karilee Fuglem that evoke the natural world in new and unexpected ways.
Luc Courchesne presents a selection of works from his Shore Series featuring videos taken of coastlines from around the world. Highlighting the ebb and flow of water in a continuous loop, they draw attention to the ever-shifting boundary line that separates the earth from the sea. Courchesne’s signature panoscopic lens is employed here to create circular vistas where the land becomes indistinguishable from the horizon.
Plastic bottles washing up along the St. Lawrence Seaway were the original inspiration for Jérôme Fortin’s Marines. The artist cuts plastic bottles into undulating strips of colour and reshapes them into wall-mounted seascapes. In this way, Fortin symbolically gives back to the sea. The artist’s Soleils, a series of abstract wall pieces made from hundreds of strands of entwined telephone wire, are also on display. Circular in form, each one radiates with lines of colour calling to mind celestial bodies or colonies of aquatic life.
Karilee Fuglem presents Drift – an ethereal installation comprising over two thousand metres of fine nylon thread woven together and suspended from the ceiling. Eliciting associations to both air and water, it appears as either a mist or gossamer net. In addition to Drift, Fuglem is exhibiting a selection of her Water Drawings – sheets of vellum that have been subjected to small brushstrokes of water. Applied in small circles by hand, the water evaporates and causes the affected areas to swell up like goose bumps – altering the vellum’s surface into delicately textured, abstract landscapes.
Each of the artists in Between the Sea and the Sky transforms their source material in order to evoke the natural world and to explore the boundaries that define it. When seen together, their play of art, natural phenomena and perception reveals the inherent ambiguity of these limits.
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