LE MÉRIDIEN VERSAILLES IN COLLABORATION WITH PIERRE-FRANÇOIS OUELLETTE ART CONTEMPORAIN PRESENTS JOHN LATOUR: TIMEKEEPERS


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18 March - 31 May 2009

John Latour: Timekeepers

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1808 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, H3H 1E5
514-933-8111

ABOUT THE SHOW  / SELECTED WORKS



ABOUT THE SHOW

Le Méridien Versailles presents Timekeepers, an exhibition of sculpture, text-based art, and altered vintage photographs by John Latour. This new body of work reflects the artist’s fascination for the ways in which we connect to the past through objects, texts, and images. This presentation also represents the first in a series of collaborations between Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain and Le Méridien Versailles - Montréal.

Latour’s text-based works are derived from pages taken from some of his favorite works of fiction including the 19th-century Gothic English tales of Frankenstein and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The artist applies layers of white paint over most of the printed page, leaving only a few words visible, and then mounts them individually in vintage frames. Although sparse, the remaining words create new stories that resemble inspirational mottos from the past. Works such as The world was folly and She became an apparition are, however, often ominous-sounding; and their meaning remains ambiguous. In a similar fashion, Latour uses white paint to either completely or partially erase human figures from found snapshots taken in the 1930s, 40s and 50s suggesting the eventual disappearance of all subjects over time.


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SELECTED WORKS
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The world was folly   Young Child Standing

The world was folly
2009
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20.5 x 12.4 cm.
 
Young child standing in a toy wagon in a field
2009
found photograph with acrylic paint
9.2 x 6.4 cm.
     
My Past Was Gilded   Mother, father, adult daughter

My past was gilded
2009
printed text on paper with acrylic paint
20.5 x 12.4 cm.

 
Mother, father and adult daughter standing by barn door - young boy looking on from inside
2009
found photograph with acrylic paint
11.5 x 7.2 cm.
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