19 July - 23 August 2008
ABOUT THE SHOW
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to announce a duo exhibition of photographic works by Isabelle Hayeur and Chih-Chien Wang in parallel to both artists' participation in the 2008 Quebec Triennial (Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal). Comprised of new and exisiting photographic and video works, the show will mark the first time these pieces have been exhibited in Montreal.
Hayeur’s work is militant in nature and it is interesting to see that the technique of composition of the image recalls an earlier militant period in art, the photomontages of the historical avant-gardes of the first decades of the twentieth century. There too, the essential mode of articulation was to bring together, on the same surface, cutouts from photographs of various realities and to let them produce discordant effects to reflect the class of forces of modern society. There is a difference, however, that time has made. Then the debate centered around the sharing of resources of a plentiful planet. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, when it looks as if Alfred Hitchcock is going to be in charge of the weather, it is the fate of the planet itself that is the object of debate.
-Serge Bérard, from the catalogue Inhabiting/Habiter, Oakville Galleries, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 2006, p. 34-35.
I preserve traces of time in my work, and I remove certain time from objects. If manipulating an object can be seen as removing time – its history – from it, then I create time carriers that carry time with hollows. Time has hollows because I tend to forget. The space contains ignorance, and the image I create preserves the process of ignoring.
In the act of creating images, I try to remove the dust of time, the ignorance of a civilized life that floats in the room and sticks onto the surface of my surroundings. I am learning to confront time. My work focuses on everyday experience. I use photography and video to recreate and to examine these experiences. Sometimes they are my understanding about people, sometimes they reflect the society and city in which I live, and sometimes they answer my doubt about the self. These issues happen so often that it seems normal not to notice them. However, once they trigger our consciousness, they open up a conversation within us.”
WORKS FOR SALE
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PHOTOGRAPHS BY ISABELLE HAYEUR
PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHIH-CHIEN WANG
VIDEO INSTALLATION BY CHIH-CHIEN WANG
OTHER NEW WORKS IN THE SAME SERIES BY CHIH-CHIEN WANG
(not in exhibition, viewing on request)
VIEWS OF THE SHOW(click on images below for larger view, please ensure browser pop-up blockers are disabled)
Jérôme Delgado. "Isabelle Hayeur et Chih-Chien Wang : avant, après et autres instants" Le Devoir (Montreal) 16 August 2008 (in French)
Jocelyne Lepage. "Isabelle Hayeur et Chih-Chien Wang : deux mondes" La Presse (Montreal) 9 August 2008 (in French)
Nicolas Mavrikakis."Entre-temps" Voir (Montréal) 31 July 2008 (in French)
Lorne Roberts "24 Minutes and four seconds" The Mirror (Montreal) 24 July 2008 (scroll down)
Isabelle Hayeur's official website www.isabelle-hayeur.com
Chih-Chien Wang's artist page on PFOAC website
click icon below to download recent C.V.s of the artists (adobe PDF)