LANDSCAPES, interpreted

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM

Whether we are searching for the unknown in the furthest corners of the globe or attempting to understand the terrain upon which we have built our homes, the land has been a canvas for humans for millennia. In the exhibition, LANDSCAPES, interpreted, Jim Lamont and Richard Robesco use their cameras to interpret the land differently. 

An excerpt of Jim Lamont's statement for HURRICANE:

Destructive hurricanes and other extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. Scientists and statesmen are telling us that we face “hallucinatory climatic convulsions” in the near future if we do not find some way to halt global climate change caused by our burning of fossil fuels (Stephen Lewis, 2016). This exhibition is prompted by my experience of an actual hurricane on a small island off the west coast of Canada.

An excerpt from Richard Robesco's statement for ISLANDIA:

These pictures, selected from the ISLANDIA series, were taken in Southern Iceland in late 2016. On location, my spirit was immediately transported to places depicted in Nordic mythology and poetry. As is the case for most of my artwork, these images are emotionally charged and invite the viewer to reflect upon the sublime and strangely beautiful landscape.  

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MERGER | Christian Villemaire

These recent photographs are Christian Villemaire's interpretation of Hull, Québec, where he lives. Villemaire thinks about how his ten year old son may not be able to distinguish the old town of Hull from the new city merged with Gatineau. The old Hull is changing. Maybe his son will know about it because of these photographs and because his father talks about it. In the generations to come the town of Hull may be lost after being merged with Gatineau and other communities. In the new city there is a big diversity of people. Walking, driving, and venturing around Hull, Villemaire takes pictures of what he sees. He is curious but does not really know what he is looking for. He photographs places, buildings, stores, houses that needed maintenance, funky signs, and people. Hull has never been great at preserving its patrimony. Sometimes they will destroy a building to make a parking lot. The photographic work is ongoing. Villemaire remains curious about the people, places and stories in his town. He is always open to whatever he might find and intends to continue in this project. 

Christian Villemaire was born in 1979 in Aylmer, Québec. He received his Bachelor of Science in computer sciences in 2003. Three years ago, Christian decided to make a big change in his life and start a photographic career. He has completed the Diploma Program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa and is pursuing a career in both visual art and commercial photography.