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10 November - 22 December 2007
John Latour: Chimérique


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ABOUT THE SHOW

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present new works by Montréal artist John Latour in Chimérique from November 10 to December 22, 2007 . This exhibition of sculpture, text-based art and photography highlights three distinct but related bodies of work that reflect upon our tenuous links to the past.

Vintage found objects are source material for Latour's sculptural practice. Attracted to the sense of history attached to these items, the artist acknowledges that their original histories have been lost. Through alterations to their function and form, Latour makes the familiar strangely unfamiliar. He undermines any sense of comfort that we might come to expect from these objects.

The artist also presents new pieces from an ongoing series of text-based art taken from some of his favourite works of fiction. By applying layers of white paint directly on to pages from nineteenth-century Gothic novels, Latour erases the original stories and replaces them with new ones using the words that remain. Presented in antique frames and hung salon-style in the gallery, they resemble inspirational mottos from the past; although their current meaning remains ambiguous.

Chimérique provides the first opportunity to see a new production by Latour based on found photographs. Using flecks of white paint, he literally “blanks out” unidentified figures from old snapshots and portraits. This process of erasure points to the inevitable fading of all subjects over time.

By juxtaposing and combining these modified vintage objects, nineteenth-century stories and old photographs; Chimérique evokes a fragile past populated by elusive subjects.


WORKS FOR SALE

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SCULPTURES

  Heartland   Black Mirror
 
I lullaby

2007,
wooden lamp and baby carriage, child's umbrella, shoelaces, printed text on paper with acrylic paint
variable dimensions (work on paper: 20,5 x 12,4 cm)

 
I lullaby
(detail)
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
  Wet   Black Mirror
 
I became a shelter
2007,
wooden table with metal hinges, acrylic paint, printed text on paper with acrylic paint
sculpture: 80 x 70 x 41 cm; work on paper: 20,5 x 12,4 cm

 
I became a shelter
(detail)
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
  Wet   Black Mirror
 
Mother mother, father father
2007,
wooden rocking horse with metronome, printed text on paper with acrylic paint
sculpture: 36 x 66 x 22 cm; works on paper: 20,5 x 12,4 cm each

 
Mother mother, father father (détail)
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
  Black Mirror    
 
Mother mother, father father (detail)
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
   

TEXT-BASED WORKS

Sans-titre   Sans-titre   Sans-titre

He was not of this world
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
SOLD
 
Sometimes I wish
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
SOLD


 
O! miserable me
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
SOLD
Sans-titre   Sans-titre   Sans-titre

Others will guess that I was the twin
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
 
The heavens were depressed
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
SOLD
 
Thus the stars announced my destruction
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
SOLD

Sans-titre   Sans-titre   Sans-titre

I abstained from youth
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
SOLD
 
Enter the asylum
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
SOLD
 
To unread was not safe

2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
Sans-titre        

Six bells had enslaved the curtained city
2007,
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20,5 x 12,4 cm
   

PHOTO-BASED WORKS

Sans-titre   Sans-titre   Sans-titre

Young girl in white sitting on tricycle
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
15,3 x 10,2 cm
SOLD
 
Profile of woman in black coat with skiers in the background

2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
7,6 x 7,7 cm
SOLD

 
Young girl sitting on veranda between two older women
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
9 x 6 cm
Sans-titre   Sans-titre   Sans-titre

Man with dark fur coat and hat posing rather uncomfortably on snow-covered street
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
8,4 x 6 cm
SOLD

 
Older couple (or daughter and father) standing beside stone building
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
9,5 x 6,7 cm
SOLD

 
Finely dressed mother standing behind a fidgety child on chair
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
9,1 x 6,2 cm
Sans-titre   Sans-titre   Sans-titre

Small child (boy?) sitting on a stool with silhouettes of others (parents?) in foreground
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
9 x 6,4 cm
SOLD

 
Young woman in sweater and skirt smiling modestly
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
8,8 x 6,2 cm
 
Young woman in striped dress sitting on driftwood by the water's edge
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
8,8 x 6,4 cm
SOLD
Sans-titre   Sans-titre   Sans-titre

Father (centre) and two teenage daughters perched over a rock ledge
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
12,2 x 7,5 cm
 
Young woman in long skirt (white) with black buttons
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
9,7 x 7 cm
SOLD

 
Four close friends (two men and two women) kneeling for portrait
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
11,5 x 7 cm
SOLD
Sans-titre   Sans-titre   Sans-titre

Handsome couple
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
14 x 8,6 cm
 
Aged couple standing to the left of three middle-aged women (daughters?), Woman on far right holding infant

2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
13 x 9 cm
  br /> Well-dressed, young woman approaching couple with dog on bench
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
8 x 11 cm
SOLD

Sans-titre        

Three women and one man (centre) sitting on the grass in a field
2007,
found photograph with acrylic paint
7 x 11,3 cm
SOLD
 


 




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VIEWS OF THE SHOW

 

     
 




LINKS
Christine Redfern. "Whiting out history."The Mirror (Montreal) 6 December 2007
click here for John Latour's biography



ARTIST'S C.V.
click here for John Latour's current C.V.








HELD OVER IN PFOAC/ANNEXE

November 10 to December 20, 2007
Locus horribilis



Ed Pien
Subvertbia , 2007
Manipulated photograph on styrene
23.1 x 13.9 cm

From November 10 to December 20, 2007 Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain presents Locus Horribilis , a collaborative artists' project coordinated by Felicity Tayler and John Latour. This project is part of the Petite enveloppe urbaine series and was produced under the auspices of the Centre de recherche de Montréal ( www.crum.ca ).

This special display of small-format art brings together the work of nine contemporary artists or artist duos from Montréal, Toronto, and Vermont. Participants include Anadama (Dana Dal Bo & AN Soubiran) , John Latour , Christopher Lori , Logan MacDonald , Ed Pien , David Poolman , Mark Prent , Felicity Tayler & Chris McLeod , and Johannes Zits .

Locus horribilis is inspired by today's fascination for all things Gothic, a phenomenon that can be traced back to supernatural tales of the 18th and 19th centuries that invoke themes of terror, alienation, abjection, fragmentation, death and decay. These stories were often set in remote or foreboding places such as castles, cathedrals, and ruins; although more recent works of contemporary Gothic art are just as easily set in abandoned warehouses, suburban shopping malls, futuristic dystopias, etc.

The artists of Locus horribilis reinterpret the idea of the “horrible place” as an open-ended concept – a fictional place, a literal space, or a metaphorical site that explores the darker sides of the imagination. Individual works from this project reflect the rich and multi-faceted nature of the contemporary Gothic phenomenon.

No. 14 in the Petite enveloppe urbaine series, Locus horribilis is printed in a limited edition of 66 and will be available for sale during the launch of the project on November 10.

Outside of the Ordinary

This presentation of video and animated films by some of the participating artists of Locus horribilis also runs from November 10 to December 20, 2007. Outside of the Ordinary inaugurates the projection room of Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain and features new and recent works by Anadama (Dana Dal Bo & AN Soubiran) , Christopher Lori , Logan MacDonald , David Poolman and Felicity Tayler . Selected by John Latour for the imaginative ways in which they explore themes of alienation, marginalization, love and surgical interventions, these works fall somewhere outside of mainstream culture's representations of itself.

Programme:

Fault , 2007 (38 min 42 sec)
Christopher Lori

Isolated in ruins of passion HE and SHE confront THEIR proximity amidst incidences of ignorance, paralysis, empathy and danger … (CL)

13 Instances , 2006 (15 min)
David Poolman

Using a series of found video and sound footage, 13 instances investigates teenage rebellion and isolation through the online diaries of teenage death metal enthusiasts. (DP)

Lost Time , 2003 (5 min 20 sec)
Logan MacDonald

… a navigation through time, though still conveying a timelessness. (LM)

Belle-Pro , 2003 (40 sec)
Felicity Tayler

At the end of the block there was a cafeteria-style restaurant, it was where the sex workers hung out, and the limo drivers. This is the moment before the condos went up (FT)

Position 4 : Elizabeth and Barry , 2007 (1 min 46 sec)
Anadama (Dana Dal Bo & AN Soubiran) avec la manipulation de vidéo et la partition par Aysa

The correction of physical defects, the repair of injuries, and the treatment of disease. esp. by operation.



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