Light & Variation is a new and ongoing body of photographic work that visually experiments with dimension, light, and materiality. Constructed in the studio and photographed with 4x5 and 8x10 cameras, the complex arrangements are grounded in analogue and hands-on processes.
Pierre/Paysage [meaning Stone/Landscape] is a collection of 10 photographic images that presents transformed representations of space. Printed as black-and-white C-prints, the images show layers of acetate cut into different geometric shapes that have been carefully placed and lit to construct formal arrangements. The images articulate the possible representational slippages in the visual language of cartography, topography, and three-dimensional models.
Pierre/Paysage, 2012 C-prints mounted on Dibond, variable dimensions from 17" x 12" to 30" x 60"
The photographic series Trait studies the grammar of the horizon line through temporal yarn forms drawn in space by the extension of the hands and arms. The traditional perspectival use of the horizon line, in addition to other colour compositions, suggests landscapes drawn flat in relation to the body.
Trait, 2006/2009 C-prints, 25" x 40"
Self Geste performs the reproduction of gestures applied to the body, demonstrating a desire towards a mastery of the working body itself. This video emphasizes a shift from an outward projection of effort to an internalized experience of work. The gestures reference grooming one’s self—from straightening a collar to fixing one’s hair. The actions are continuously repeated in ordered and remixed progressions, like a codified vocabulary of body language whose signification is lost in the manic repetition. What remains is a ritualized emptying of meaning.
Revisions is a 3-channel video that takes Dmitri Shostakovich’s factory-set ballet The Bolt as a point of departure. Through the performance of repeated choreographed sequences, the project expands on ideas of worker discipline through mechanical movement and the passage of the body from control to release. The audio component is a commissioned score for solo voice that converges musical elements of The Drayman’s Dance from The Bolt with Chubby Checker’s Let’s Twist Again. The musical reshaping brings in elements of sabotage through unanticipated and colourful forays into popular music.
Through rigour and humour, this work musically, choreographically and visually conceives of the body navigating between states of control and abandon. With contributions from Kelly Keenan [dancer], Mirko Sablich [composer], and Janet Warrington [voice].
Revisions I, 2011-2013 3-channel HD video, 13:00, 16:9, b&w, stereo sound
The second installment of Revisions, a project that indelibly seeks to revise itself, finds the dancer inhabiting a white space. Dancing a rigid choreography en pointe, the movements slowly situate themselves on the floor with the body twisting and turning towards exhaustion. Featuring Kelly Keenan and produced at an artist residency hosted by Espace Marie Chouinard.
Revisions II, 2011-2014 single-channel HD video, 11:00, b&w, stereo sound
In the video, I walk in a straight line at a steady pace down the centre of the Potemkin Steps in Odessa, Ukraine, made famous in Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent film Battleship Potemkin. The video presents a simple performative gesture as an approach to inhabiting a historically-charged site.