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July 21 - August 18, 2018

John Latour
Therebefore and Hereafter

Opening Saturday July 21st from 3pm to 6pm
The artist will be present.

65 George Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5A 4L8



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ABOUT THE SHOW

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present Therebefore and Hereafter, a solo exhibition of work by Montreal artist John Latour.

An ongoing theme in Latour’s work is the idea of “the past”, and how our experience of it is mediated through objects, images and texts. More recently, the artist has looked to the history of spirit communications as a metaphor for dialoguing with the past.

The focal point of Therebefore and Hereafter is the artist’s Psychic cabinet (2010) an interactive installation based on the tradition of spirit cabinets – enclosed spaces created from furniture and curtains that were used by mediums of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to focus their psychic powers before or during séances. The presentation of Psychic cabinet in downtown Toronto draws attention to the city’s long and sometimes complicated history with spirit communications. Toronto was the locus of at least three Spiritualist organizations at the turn of the 20th century (the Canadian Spiritualist Association, the Spiritualist National Union of Canada and the Toronto Spiritualist Association); although as Stan McMullin notes in his Anatomy of a Seance, mediums in Toronto (and elsewhere) at that time could be – and were prosecuted through the Canadian Criminal Code under the Witchcraft section of the Vagrancy Act.[1]

Latour also presents, in Therebefore and Hereafter, a selection of modified, vintage found photographs from a series he began in 2007. Unidentified persons posing in old snapshots are erased through flecks of white paint applied to the surface of the photographs. Their disappearance suggests the eventual fading of all subjects over time. In some of his most recent works from this series, currently on display at Centre Space, the artist has painted text on top of the photographs to create new meanings.

On the occasion of the opening, Latour’s newest artist’s book will be launched. Re fictions (2018) represents a partial erasure (and re-telling) of his earlier collaborative publication Rétrofictions (2012) – where six authors (Jennifer Allen, Marina Endicott, Cynthia Imogen Hammond, Lea Nakonechny, Eduardo Ralickas and Jean-Éric Riopel) were invited to write short stories based on modified found photographs from his art practice.

[1] Stan MCMULLIN, Anatomy of a Seance: A History of Spirit Communication in Central Canada, Montréal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004, pp. 17-18.

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain and artist thank SODEC for its support.

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John Latour has a BFA in Studio Art (University of Ottawa), a MLIS (McGill University) and a MA in Art History (Concordia University). Solo exhibitions of his work have been held in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, and he has participated in group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. He has received artist grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseils des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Ontario Arts Council. His work is found in numerous private collections as well as the Hallmark Fine Art Collection (Kansas City), the Fine Art Collection of the City of Ottawa, and Le Méridien Versailles (Montreal).


WORKS PRESENTED


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Young woman in sweater and skirt smiling
modestly

2007
Found photograph, acrylic paint
9 x 6 cm (3.5" x 2.25")
  Middle-aged man in suit and tie seated with
hands together
2008
Found photograph, acrylic paint
11.5 x 7 cm (4.5" x 2.5")
  Man arm in arm with his mother “Avril 1951 April”
2008
Found photograph, acrylic paint
10 x 7.5 cm (4" x 3)


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Young man in crutches with well-dressed woman
2008
Found photograph, acrylic paint
10 x 7.5 cm (4" x 3)
  Five friends standing on the edge of a bridge
2011
Found photograph, acrylic pain
7 x 11.3 cm (2.25" x 4.53")

  Young adolescent girl with long curls and locket
with an open book in her hands
2015
Found photograph, acrylic paint
7 x 5 cm(2.75 x 2")


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Man in suit standing near the river’s edge with
head turned towards the camera

2015
Found photograph, acrylic paint
12 x 9 cm (4.75" x 3.5")
  Mother in white dress with young son in over- sized suit “17 août 50”
2008
Found photograph, acrylic paint
9 x 6.5 cm (3.5" x 2.5")
  Therebefore
2018
Found photograph, acrylic paint
13 x 9 cm (5" x 3.5")


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Hereafter
2018
Found photograph, acrylic paint
9.5 x 7 cm (3.75" x 2.75)
  Dame à la cloture / Woman at the Fence
2016
Found photograph, acrylic paint, wood
11.5 x 8.4 cm (4.5" x 3.25")
  Psychic Cabinet
2010
Found objects (wooden cabinet and foot rest), copper pipes and wire, plastic shower curtains, acrylic paint
multiple dimensions



LINKS

- John Latour's artist website
- John Latour's page on the PFOAC website
- Click here to download the John Latour's recent C.V.

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