Friday, April 13, 2007

Isabelle Hayeur

In a few short weeks, Montreal-based artist Isabelle Hayeur will transform the facade of the Drake with Untitled Legacy, a photograph that will stretch over 40 feet, across the front of the hotel. Untitled Legacy is part of Contact's Public Installations series, one of ten epic artworks situated throughout the city.

At first glance Untitled Legacy may appear to be a detailed reflection of the Queen West neighbourhood, surrounding the Drake. However, upon closer examination the view begins to unravel, revealing a composite image of the area so true to life as to constitute digital trompe l’oeil. Hayeur’s process of isolating landscape elements from various photographs and then fusing them together into a new, finely distilled image subtly reveals the tensions inherent in an urban neighbourhood in transition.

Below is a sliver of a detail, from Isabelle's monumental installation:

Isabelle Hayeur has exhibited extensively throughout North America and Europe. Recent commissions include projects for Noorderlicht Photography & Wall, Groningen, Netherlands, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Netwerk center for contemporary art, Aalst, Belgium. Hayeur is represented in Toronto by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.

Special thanks go out to Trinity Square Video, The Images Festival and The Drake Hotel for granting the artist a residency to work on the project. Also to The Contact Photography Festival and Beyond Digital Imaging for their assistance and support in seeing the installation through to completion.


Blogger Robyn said...

Hi Mia,

I think Geoff and Ed were discussing squash, and Ed said he'd been playing 2x/week. Tell Geoff for me that it's been against me and the boy. Jusst to put things in perspective.


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