Saturday, August 6, 2016

Artist Talk

This coming Wednesday (August 10th) at 7pm we will be hosting an artist talk with the new artist in residence.

Meet and chat with Gros Morne National Park artists-in-residence Caroline Cloutier and Martin Désilets (Montreal, QC). After their 6 weeks in residency here these two photographers will discuss how the parks landscape has inspired them and how they used the natural light and fog to shoot new photographs and video.

The artists would like to thank The Rooms, Gros-Morne National Park and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for their support, Kirsten Ovarec and Cédric Davignon. Martin Désilets would also like to thank the Conseil des arts de Longueuil.

Caroline Cloutier — I am interested in the reflective function that inheres in specular and photographic images, and in their ability to evoke virtual spaces. During my strolls through the park, motifs will be selected for their textural poetry and for plays of light that they can set off at different times of day: an expanse of water, snow, cloud cover, or fog. This residency will be an opportunity to begin a new phase in my photographic research, using the mirror as a deconstructive device and as a way of staging the motifs that make up the park landscape.

Martin Désilets — My recent practice rests on an extensive examination of photography's fundamentals, and an exploration of its misuse(s). During my stay at Gros Morne Park, I will base my work on the territory’s singular, ever-changing ambient light and colours. At a remove from landscape art, isolating tenuous and ephemeral abstract events will enable me to subtly convey the park’s geological characteristics, its luminosity, and its immensity.

Credit for the visuals:

Caroline Cloutier, Déploiement 8, 2016. Digital print, 31 x 91 cm

Martin Désilets, La couleur du temps / 9.9 de 16860 secondes - working title (detail), 2016, digital print, 5 elements of 125 x 100 cm