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Recent Exhibition: She said I have a French Face

In She said I have a French face, the text drawing and large scale paper sculpture/drawings investigate the interstitial space between what we say (or make) and what we mean. In hole punched text, the awkwardness of assumed intersubjectivity is made plain. Inspired by interactions with friends and strangers in Montreal, the texts explore meanings behind the earnest, clumsy and odd things people say to each other. Considering the complications of translating between English and French, the shift from saying words to understanding meaning can seem like a small miracle. The paper sculpture/drawings exist in the same framework as language, with meaning and form found as much in the paper as in the intervals between. Attached to the wall in various configurations, single sheets of cut paper are lines and outlines. Like the artist Glenn Gould describes his process, these moments are about clarity and imprecision. Meaning is discovered and inferred through our peripheral vision.

photographs by Guy L'Heureux

She said I have a French face, hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013

 

Say what you really mean, hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013

 

I love you so much.., hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013

 

I should have known bikes are serious, hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013

 

detail of the hole punching, She said I have a French face, hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013

 
detail of the hole punching, Big Mistake, hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013
 
installation shot, FOFA Gallery (vitrine space), Montreal
 
installation shot, FOFA Gallery, the yellow chairs are the site of conversations in French and in English (en francais et anglais)
 
installation shot, text pieces on pins, FOFA Gallery (vitrine space), Montreal
 
installation shot, detail of laser cut pieces, attached to the wall with glue and pins
 

installation shot, detail of laser cut pieces, attached to the wall with glue and pins

 

installation shot, detail of laser cut pieces, in 1/2", 1/4" and 1/8" widths.

 

installation shot, detail of holes removed from text.

 
installation shot, one sheet of paper, cut alternately to make one long piece, attached to the wall with glue.
 
 
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