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John Latour: Four Corners

12 July - 16 August 2003


ABOUT THE SHOW | WORKS PRESENTED | VIEWS OF THE SHOW | ARTICLES | LINKS


ABOUT THE SHOW

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present Four Corners, an exhibition of sculptures by Montréal artist John Latour. In recent years, Latour has been inspired by old-fashioned pieces of furniture and found objects as source material for his art practice. In this current exhibition, broken chairs, a chest of drawers, and a wooden cane are transformed into uncanny works that occupy four corners of the gallery space. Everyday furnishings become strangely unfamiliar; and nostalgia gives way to a tension that invites viewers to reconsider the manner in which these pieces are regarded.

Four Corners also includes examples of an untitled and ongoing text-based series that the artist began in 1999. Latour uses white paint to blank out entire passages of text from some of his favourite works of fiction, including Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As the original narratives disappear, new, and largely intuitive ones begin to emerge from the words that remain, such as This strange home (2002) and The steps were already suspicious (2002). Placed in antique wooden frames, these works resemble inspirational mottos like "Home Sweet Home"; however they are anonymous, and their new meanings remain ambiguous.

John Latour holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Ottawa. He has participated in several group exhibitions and special projects in Canada and abroad; and is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. His most recent solo show, Close Encounters/Rencontres intimes was held at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario in 2002; and will travel to the Glendon Art Gallery (York University) in Toronto later this year. The artist presently lives and works in Montréal, where he is pursuing a graduate degree in art history at Concordia University.


WORKS PRESENTED


   
John Latour, Untitled, wooden chair 85 x 40 x 73 cm. 2000 John Latour, Untitled, 2000 wooden chair, acrylic paint 85 x 40 x 73 cm John Latour, Untitled, 2000 wooden chair, acrylic paint 85 x 40 x 73 cm

 

John Latour, Untitled, 2002, wooden chair, acrylic paint 81,5 x 49,5 x 66 cm John Latour, Untitled, 2002, wooden chair, acrylic paint 81,5 x 49,5 x 66 cm John Latour, Untitled, 2002, wooden chair, acrylic paint 81,5 x 49,5 x 66 cm John Latour, Untitled, 2002, wooden chair, acrylic paint 81,5 x 49,5 x 66 cm

 

John Latour, Untitled, 2002, wooden drawer, found objects, acrylic paint 17 x 67,5 x 35 cm
John Latour, Untitled, 2002, wooden drawer, fake fur, acrylic paint 17 x 67,5 x 35 cm John Latour, Untitled, 2002, wooden drawer, found objects, acrylic paint 17 x 67,5 x 35 cm John Latour, Untitled, 2002, wooden drawer, found objects, acrylic paint 17 x 67,5 x 35 cm

 

 
John Latour, Crawlspace, 2002, wooden chest of drawers, acrylic paint
102 x 72 x 43 cm
John Latour, Crawlspace, 2002, wooden chest of drawers, acrylic paint
102 x 72 x 43 cm
 

 

Cursed  
John Latour, Fragile, 2002, wood, 204 x 15 x 3 cm (80" x 6" x 1.25"), 3/3
John Latour, Cursed, 2002, printed text on acid-free paper with acrylic paint, 20,5 x 24,8 cm - SOLD
 

VIEWS OF THE SHOW







ARTICLES

Willard, Christopher. "John Latour." Canadian Art 20 (winter / December 2003): 98-99

Lehmann, Henry. "Furniture and Fiction." Montreal Gazette 3 August 2003: B8


LINKS

-John Latour's website
-John Latour's page on the PFOAC website

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