PIERRE-FRANÇOIS OUELLETTE ART CONTEMPORAIN
PRESENTS JOHN PLAYER AT VOLTA NY 2014


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VOLTA NY 2014
March 6–9, 2014

82MERCER
New York, NY 10012

Entrance at 76 Mercer Street

(between Spring and Broome Streets)

Booth 1.23

VIEWS OF THE SHOW  / ABOUT THE SHOW  / WORKS EXHIBITED   /  LINKS  / ARTIST'S C.V.


VIEWS OF THE SHOW

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Canadian artist John Player at VOLTA 2014.

There is a spare, minimal quality to John Player's work – a limited palette and often banal or uneventful subject matter. Distance appears on multiple levels. There is visual distance in his images, giving the viewer a sense of magnitude, and at the same time neutralizing them, making them into maquettes, objects of dispassionate contemplation as we view them from some safe vantage point. They illustrate a contradiction of our media-saturated world: the twenty-four hour news cycle instantaneously brings us closer to events, conflicts and tragedies happening around the world – brings them into our homes, but sanitizes them through the screen or the page – makes them seem contained and distant. This is conceptually important, as we are constantly alerted to looming crises that will affect our lives directly, yet simultaneously they become distant, commonplace, even unreal as they pass through multiple channels of mediation.

While undeniably influenced by contemporary painters like Peter Doig, Luc Tuymans and Gerhard Richter, his major inspiration is the internet itself. The internet, which allows for unprecedented levels of intercommunication, and yet is simultaneously alienating and almost authorless in its massive scope and information overload. Player's technique is inspired by the non-technique of the internet - amateur photos and videos, short news clips and the attendant digital artifacting that results from the downsampling and compression necessary to make photos and videos easily available online. The works invite a critical reflection on ethics and societal decision making, but they also offer a more open-ended meditation on our desires and their relationship to the media that make us who we are.

- from a text by Neal Rockwell

John Player was born in Victoria, Canada in 1983. He holds a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University and is currently completing his MFA in Painting and Drawing at the same institution. He lives and works in Montreal.

PFOAC would like to thank the Canada Council for its support to present John Player at Volta NY.

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WORKS

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Player   Player   Player   Player   Player
Stockpile
2013
oil on canvas
91 x 137 cm. ( 36" x 54")
  Drone
2011
oil on canvas
64 x 89 cm. (25" x 35")
  Ghost Drone
2011
oil on panel
30 x 41 cm. (12" x 16")
  Colony Expansion
2013
oil on canvas
76 x 122 cm. (30" x 48")
SOLD
  Community
2014
oil on canvas
91.5 x 122 cm. (36" x 48")


Player   Player   Player   Player   Player
Remnants
2013
oil on canvas
91.5 x 122 cm. (36" x 48")
  Prototype
2014
oil on panel
30 x 41 cm. (12" x 16")
  Detector
2014
oil on panel
30 x 41 cm. (12" x 16")
SOLD
  Joint Base
2013/14
oil on canvas
cm. (20" x 20")
  Untitled,
2014
oil on panel
30 x 41 cm. (12" x 16")
SOLD


Player   Player   Player   Player
Monitors
2013
watercolour on paper
18 x 24 cm. (7" x 9.5")
  Facility
2014
watercolour on paper
18 x 24 cm. (7" x 9.5")
  Aerostat
2014
watercolour on paper
18 x 24 cm. (7" x 9.5")
SOLD
  Airbase
2014
watercolour on paper
18 x 24 cm. (7" x 9.5")
SOLD


Player   Player   Player   Player
Data Complex
2014
watercolour on paper
18 x 24 cm. (7" x 9.5")
  HQ
2014
watercolour on paper
18 x 24 cm. (7" x 9.5")
  Reaper Target
2014
watercolour on paper
18 x 24 cm. (7" x 9.5")
SOLD
  Test
2014
watercolour on paper
18 x 24 cm. (7" x 9.5")
SOLD


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Landing Sequence 4,
2012
watercolour on paper
18 x 24 cm. (7" x 9.5")
SOLD
 
   

LINKS

- John Player's website
- John Player's page on the PFOAC website
- John Player at Volta
- Comment by Eloi Desjardins on our participation at Volta NY 2014 on "un show de mot'arts"


ARTIST'S C.V.

click here to download the artist's recent C.V. (02/2014)

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