September 20 to October 7, 2017
Opening: Saturday September 9, from 2 to 5pm
EVERY LETTER IS A SOUND… EVERY WORD IS AN IMAGE
My artistic practice is focused on the development and the use of atypical means for representing the symbols of Language. Every letter is a sound… every word is an image features language-based artworks that can be read, heard, or looked upon. All of them differently represent the linguistic contents of hopes, fears, and disbeliefs about art, death, and the meaning of life. Multiple copies of the poetry book Death-free universes … points of entry illustrate how the thesaurus-like organized structure of English language can be used to create poetic thoughts. The book documents the transformations of sequences of interrelated English synonyms into poems.The sounds work Every letter is a sound demonstrates how thoughts that have been put in words can be transformed into sequences of non-speech sounds and experienced as musical abstractions. And finally, 12 digital prints from the series Every word is an image show how words, phrases, and sentences can be encoded as images. The prints have been created by manually combining thousands of visual motifs. Each motif stands for the letters of a specific word, phrase, or sentence and has been generated by custom software for language representation.
Krasi Dimtch is Ottawa-based multimedia artist who creates digital, conceptual, and sound art that encode linguistic contents and explore the structures of Language viewed as a repository of ideas. She was born in Bulgaria and holds a master’s degree from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in Poland. After immigrating to Canada, Krasi dedicated herself fully to the study of the generative powers of Language and its role in the thought-creation process. In 2013, she was granted a patent for methods for natural language generation (CIPO – Patent 2704163).
Krasi Dimtch has exhibited nationally and internationally. Some of the places she has recently presented her works are: Exhibition of the Winners of International Juried Competition, Los Angelis Center for Digital Art (USA, 2017); ArtVenice Biennale IV, (Italie, 2017)); LACDA Represented Artists Exhibit, Los Angelis Center for Digital Art (USA, 2017); Solo exhibit at gallery Luz, Montreal, (Canada, 2016); Red Dot Miami Art Fair (USA, 2017).
My recent work employs the medium of oil painting to explore various forms of urban waste and its relationship to overconsumption. This new series renegotiates painting as being part of a reactive commentary on environmental issues and representations of nature in contemporary society. Demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘materialistic world’ through these landscapes, I look to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria but rather are based on subjective associations and formal parallels. Working from photographs rather than actual memory, my process further enhances and questions this aesthetic of distance. How intimately do we know our surroundings? What do we choose to ignore? What is valued versus what gets thrown away? By exploring the concept of converting the grotesque into the beautiful, I draw attention to these questions and concerns inciting the viewer to make new personal associations between art, everyday life and mass culture.
Dana Edmonds has a multidisciplinary practice that is balanced between painting and graphic + web design. Born in Montreal, where she currently lives and works, Dana received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in fine arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax (1990). She has also studied Graphic Design at Dawson College and Art Education at McGill University. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the US, including One Earth, One Chance at the Rebecca Gallery, Toronto (2016), Show Your World at Gallery MC New York, New York (2016), the Ontario Society of Artists Exhibition at Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto (2016) and I am NSCAD at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax (2015). She is a recent recipient of an award from Canada Council for the Arts to produce a series of new paintings called “Garbage”.
The images presented here are integral parts of two collections of poetry published by the author, Elle vint en un lieu and Me suis éveillé, whose launch is held at the same time as the opening of the exhibition on September 23rd, 2017. These images result of close-up photographs of plane trees and eucalyptus barks, all taken in Portugal in spring 2017. They have been sufficiently retouched numerically to deserve the name “digital prints” rather than simply “photographs”.
Pierre Tousignant is a photographer and author of poetic texts. Since 2009 in Montreal, he participated in several solo and group exhibitions: Galeries Kaf Art, Outremont Art Gallery (Au parc les artistes), Galerie Luz, Galerie du Plateau, Galerie La Castiglione. Some of his works are permanently visible in the entrance hall of the Nordelec building, in the metropolis. Recently, he also dedicated himself to digital printing and photolithography.