Gagnon-Forest, Séquence aérienne — Élisabeth Recurt

[Summer 2021]

Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée, Montréal
13.12.2020 — 14.02.2021

Par Élisabeth Recurt

Here, the duo of Gagnon-Forest (Mathieu Gagnon and Mathilde Forest) presents a series of six large-format photographs (inkjet prints on film, backlit), articulated and paced by three dualities. Installed in the large windows on the lateral wall of Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée, on Rue Boyer, three black-and-white photographs of topographic surveys alternate with three blue-shaded colour photographs of landscape elements.

The black-and-white images are based on 3D digitizations made by the City of Montreal using LiDAR low-altitude aerial technology. Gagnon-Forest then took over, using decoupage techniques and changes of viewing angles, lighting, and contrast. Three sectors of the city are portrayed, from left to right: Montréal-Nord, Villeray, and Ahuntsic.

Gagnon-Forest’s work falls at the intersection of visual arts (the training of both artists) and social sciences (Forest being a researcher associated with the Centre de recherche sur les innovations et transformations sociales). In response to issues that link space and the collective imagination, the duo’s work skilfully weaves connections between sociological and aesthetic concerns…


See the magazine for the complete article and more images: Ciel variable 117 – SHIFTED