suzanne joos | traces et empreintes urbaines
16 sep > 16 oct 10
residence 14 to 16 september
opening reception thursday 16 september at 5pm
at 174 elgin street, sudbury ontario canada
hours of operation tuesday to saturday noon to 5pm
The project Traces et empreintes urbaines is a reflection on urban space and how time leaves its mark on it. In questioning the notion of territory, my intention is to create a map room based on a new urban imagination. This involves taking an atypical and experimental look at this type of space, to reflect on it by combining in the gallery a wide view, through fictitious urban street plans, with a close-up view, through topographical plans of alleyways. Two memories are superimposed, one by the deformation of regular city maps, the other inspired by asphalt’s degradation due to wear and tear (depressions, cracks, potholes). In so doing, I overturn the relationships between what is durable and impermanent, close and far, microscopic and macroscopic.
This cartographical installation proposes a reinvention of the city, underscoring the random and ephemeral nature of all these temporal traces, thus indicating that the map will always have to be redrawn and reconceptualized.
Suzanne Joos lives and works in Montréal. She obtained her Master’s degree in visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal and her B.A. in history of art at the Université de Montréal. Her works have been presented in many solo exhibitions in Québec and now, for the first time, in Ontario. She has spent many years exploring the imagination of cartography, the notion of border, the limits between abstract and figurative, scriptural and pictorial.
The artist would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Art Council.
This exhibition is sponsored by Collins Barrow Chartered Accountants. Our season sponsors are, CBON, la Première Chaîne, Espace musique and Radio-Canada Television | Internet.