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Posted Jun 9, 2010 in Arts | 0 Comments

Canadian Art

I thought I would mention a couple different artists this month. First up is photographer Joan Fontcuberta, known for creating images that question our belief in the realness of images. Orogenesis is interesting and deceptive take on landscape photography. At first his images appear as postcard perfect vantages of remote corners of the globe. Actually, Fontcuberta is using a terrain-generating program that he feeds with information gained by scanning famous works of art or parts of his own body.

Originally used by the army to generate three-dimensional terrain derived from maps, the program translates the scanned information into water bodies and landmasses, adds sunlight and atmospheric effects. The final images are strangely familiar and impossible at the same time.

On a very different note, I was also introduced this month to the work of Canadian art duo Daniel Young and Christian Giroux. The pair produces sculpture that investigates the legacy of twentieth century art and architectural forms. The forms themselves are produced from a combination of contemporary design techniques and the inherent forms of purchased mass-produced objects such as furniture and hardware.

Their most recent pieces combine modified IKEA furniture with brightly colored custom designed aluminum boxes.


Their past work was more rooted in the history of mid-century ideals with sculptural cold-war satellites and a Buckminster Fuller geodesic sphere.

Lastly, for those interested in artistic examinations of Modernism I would recommend the latest exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art titled Yesterday’s Tomorrows.  The show brings together ten artists, both Canadian and international, working on this theme and includes a variety of media including film, photography, drawing, sculpture, and painting.

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