10 November - 22 December 2007
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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VIEWS OF THE SHOW
Christine Redfern. "Whiting out history."The Mirror (Montreal) 6 December 2007
click here for John Latour's biography
click here for John Latour's current C.V.
HELD OVER IN PFOAC/ANNEXE
November 10 to December 20, 2007
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.
Fault , 2007 (38 min 42 sec)
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)
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)
… a navigation through time, though still conveying a timelessness. (LM)
Belle-Pro , 2003 (40 sec)
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)
The correction of physical defects, the repair of injuries, and the treatment of disease. esp. by operation.