EXHIBITION - Carnations
Wednesday, August 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Curator: Michèle Thériault
The Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery launches its 2017-18 programme with the exhibition Carnations.
Carnations embodies a first critical reflection on the work of artist Philippe Hamelin. In this series of computer-generated animations, begun in 2012, the exhibition questions the ambiguous relationship between what is real, living and digitally constructed. Textured models of human, animal and organic forms, at times interrupted by geometric shapes or videotaped scenes, make for a strange and eerie world, the viewer’s experience of which takes on an affective quality that is both intimate and distanced from it. In the hazy constellation of categories—human, real, true—it is this paradoxical quality governing existence itself and our compliance with its limits that here become the object of reflection.
Carnations' digitally constructed animations raise questions of liminality in perception, form, humanness and the real, to be interrogated by way of a responsive talk, a conversation between the artist and curator, multilingual tours, and an archives workshop.
Philippe Hamelin holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Concordia University and a major in Film Studies from Université de Montréal. His work has been shown in art galleries and in numerous festivals in Canada and abroad. In 2015, he was awarded the prize for the best art and experimentation film by the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois and Centre PRIM. He lives in Montreal and teaches at the Université du Québec en Outaouais and the CEGEP de l’Outaouais.
For more information on the exhibition and related events, visit the Ellen Gallery website.