Friday, October 05 - 9:00AM to 9:45AM
301 Design Building
Mathieu Grenier's work explores the history of exhibitions and/or specific artworks through re-enactment strategies and the observation of the exhibition space as a photographic component. Free Standing Images examines how art generates experiences within the gallery space and how art history shapes our perceptions of art and aesthetics. Through installation and photography, Grenier uses his personal background as audience and artist to express how we find ourselves engaged in a process of consciousness in art. His new bodies of work reflect various understandings of the photographic medium and its relevance in contemporary culture, with his current research focusing on digital imaging technologies and how this structures our perception of photography. Whether in the digital or physical realm, the image reveals itself through a defined space, which conveys a formatted and limited experience.
Bradley Marshall's presentation will trace two iterations of his MFA thesis exhibition, Hearing Through Walls, in two different gallery spaces. The exhibition space can serve as both a realization and presentation of a photographic project, but also a venture into spatial and experiential modes of thinking, where new meaning is found in the ways that two-dimensional works interact site-specifically and exist in tension with the rigid and modular nature of traditional gallery format. As spaces change, the work is given a chance to take new forms by conceiving adaptive pairings and sequences, and by incorporating the architecture of a space. The work in Hearing Through Walls emphasises figurative and bodily unease through the high and low placement of images, and the enjambement of images in corners and in proximity to one another.