Also featuring works by Tim Laurin
EXTENDED: On view for the weekend of April 13-14, 2013
February 27 - April 7, 2013
Reception: Friday, March 1, 6 - 9pm, artists present
Ephemeral qualities of recollection, transience and isolation...
Often working with oil on canvas and paper, Paolo Fortin has also embraced adhesive vinyl, wool duffle and northern sewing techniques to articulate the visual residue that is experienced while travelling. Dividing his time between studios in Norman Wells, NT and Peterborough, ON., Fortin researches and develops his works in various locations. Recent projects were an outcome of his many visits to Norway, Iceland, Japan and the Caribbean. Since early 2008, Fortin has focused on creating thin, ephemeral paintings that build upon the experience of the arbitrary absorption of images in our daily lives. Individually, Fortin's paintings aim to speak to the viewer of the ethereal images and sentiment that surround our existence while addressing the fatigued and transitory moments of travel.
Born in the Kawartha Lakes region of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Paolo Fortin has lived and worked in Inuvik and Norman Wells, Northwest Territories in Canada's western arctic since 2004. After studying at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Fortin concentrated on large scale sculptural constructions at Maine College of Art in Portland for his senior thesis. He spent a year in the MFA program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax before relocating to Inuvik.
Fortin has participated in numerous national and international group and solo exhibitions. A recipient of a 2011 Art Bank Purchase Award by the Canada Council for the Arts, Fortin has also been awarded Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council project grants (2002, 2005) and was the 2006 beneficiary of the Canada Council International Residency Program Award to work at CCA7 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. In 2007, he served as Artist-in-Residence at AIR Bergen at USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway and has twice been artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2005, 2009) and the Gil Society Akureyri Artists Studios, Iceland (2007, 2008).
Paolo Fortin is the owner and director of Evans Contemporary, a gallery dedicated to exhibiting internationally recognized artists in Peterborough. He also produces electronic music for "Barcino Sants" a musical collaboration with vocalist/poet/playwright, Denise Kumani Gantt. // Full Statement and Bio // Curriculum Vitae
Constructed Memories series
Memories are often cherished, but what if that memory doesn’t accurately reflect the past? If we alter our memory does that make old events new? I propose that if I adjust my memory, I alter my past.
Sifting through family snapshots and 8 mm film, I am reminded of stories told by my family; told to a younger self. Revisiting images and digesting stories, I begin imagining new narratives with new outcomes.
The multilayered fragments of my memory are mirrored in the processes of my printmaking. The scarring marks I gouge into the printing plate, coupled with applied pigments, ash and washes, causes history to be realigned.
The photographically based imagery is realized with the aid of Chine Collé, an applied translucent tissue that I preprint with images lifted from my family’s photo album. Before transferring the photograph to the tissue, I tear apart the printed image only to reassemble it - sometimes looking the original but often, it is altered. Like a puzzle taken apart and put back together, a new memory is constructed.
Tim Laurin graduated from Sheridan College School of Design, Mississauga in 1985. He furthered his studies in painting and printmaking at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, and also completed master classes with notable artists Joanne Tod, Tim Zuck and Eric Fischl. He has exhibited throughout North America and internationally, including a 2009 exhibition at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie. His award-winning work is included in collections of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass, New York. Originally working in sculpture and painting, Laurin’s current focus is on traditional and non-traditional print media. // Curriculum Vitae