Raymond Boisjoly

1 March – 13 April 2013

Raymond Boisjoly

Catri­ona Jef­fries is pleased to announce the first solo exhi­bi­tion at the gallery by Ray­mond Boisjoly (b. 1981, Lan­g­ley, BC, lives and works in Van­cou­ver). Pre­sent­ing a new body of pho­to­graph­ic works titled Inter­vals, these large scale images con­tin­ue his inves­ti­ga­tion of the fugi­tive nature of pho­to­graph­ic medi­ums through a process of rup­ture. Sin­gu­lar images are both cap­tured and released, thus reveal­ing the pho­tographs abil­i­ty to gen­er­ate mean­ing from their own stri­a­tions of infor­ma­tion beyond the pri­ma­cy of their sur­face.

The pho­tographs which com­prise Inter­vals are con­cerned with tech­no­log­i­cal medi­a­tion, the rela­tion of pho­tog­ra­phy to time and how the polit­i­cal dimen­sion of cul­tur­al prac­tice is expressed, artis­ti­cal­ly or oth­er­wise. Cre­at­ed through the use of exist­ing video as mate­r­i­al in the pro­duc­tion of sta­t­ic images, Boisjoly has select­ed a trio of tele­vised per­for­mances retrieved from Youtube by the musi­cians Pat & Lol­ly Vegas (Write Me, Baby, 1965), Buffy Sainte-Marie, (He’s A Keep­er Of The Fire, 1969) and Sly & the Fam­i­ly Stone (Thank you, 1970). Each of these videos was played on sim­ple video play­back tech­nol­o­gy placed on a flatbed scan­ner. Dur­ing this process the scan­ner reg­is­tered the video in motion, cre­at­ing a dis­tort­ed and dis­fig­ured image where edits become com­pact fields of infor­ma­tion and RGB pulls and drips through rec­og­niz­able frag­ments of the orig­i­nal mate­r­i­al.

The cir­cum­stances of these images and the mate­r­i­al con­text of their pro­duc­tion also become vis­i­ble in the form of dust, fin­ger­prints and scratch­es on the sur­faces of the tech­no­log­i­cal com­po­nents used. The result­ing sur­face express­es the var­i­ous fil­ters through which the image has been pulled and recalls the process of Richard Hamilton’s Kent State pho­tographs of 1970 where the artist pho­tographed news images direct­ly off of a tele­vi­sion in order to trans­form an image with­out the inser­tion of his own sub­jec­tive hand.  Boisjoly’s works sim­i­lar­ly express the relent­less flow of sub­stance latent­ly present with­in images and engages a mode that allows the pho­to­graph to sur­ren­der to the com­plex­i­ty of the cul­tur­al mate­r­i­al it rep­re­sents.

Ray­mond Boisjoly (b. 1981, Lan­g­ley, BC) lives and works in Van­cou­ver. He has a forth­com­ing solo exhi­bi­tion at the Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty Gallery in April of this year and his project As It Comes is cur­rent­ly installed at the Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver. Select­ed group exhi­bi­tions include Beat Nation, Van­cou­ver Art Gallery; Pow­er Plant, Toron­to (2012); Tools for Con­vivi­al­i­ty, Pow­er Plant, Toron­to (2012); Phan­tas­mago­ria, Pre­sen­ta­tion House Gallery, North Van­cou­ver (2012); Devour­ing Time, West­ern Bridge, Seat­tle (2012); Ray­mond Boisjoly, Jordy Hamil­ton, Lau­ra Pias­ta: Stud­ies in Decay, Or Gallery, Van­cou­ver (2012); House Sys­tems: Fort Club, The Hedreen Gallery at Seat­tle Uni­ver­si­ty, Seat­tle (2010); How Soon Is Now, Van­cou­ver Art Gallery (2009).

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion or press enquires please con­tact Catri­ona Jef­fries or Anne Low at +1 604 736 1554.

Ray­mond Boisjoly will be giv­ing an artist talk on the occa­sion of his project As it Comes, Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver.

Mon­day, March 4, 7 pm
Emi­ly Carr Uni­ver­si­ty of Art + Design
Room 301, 1399 John­ston Street, Granville Island