Opening : Thursday August 11, 2016 at 5pm
The work of artist Philippe Blanchard seeks to restore animation’s fundamentally marvellous and magical nature. He experiments with screen printing and installation in order to impart a tactile, spatial, and event-driven dimension to animation, pushing it beyond the limits of the screen. Working with light, as opposed to video projection, opens the door to new thematic resonances such as the symbolic weight of fire, which can be perceived as an archetypal form of animation. With its stalagmites and stalactites lit with stroboscopes and projectors, Nouveaux Troglodytes will transform the gallery into an animated, psychedelic space bridging the distant past with the future’s possibilities.
Philippe Blanchard is a multidisciplinary artist in Toronto who works in animation, screen printing, and installation. He studied Fine Arts and Cinema at the Université Concordia (BFA, 1998) and OCAD University (MFA, 2010). His video and installation work has been shown in Canada, North America, and Europe. Philippe Blanchard teaches animation at OCAD University. The artist wishes to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.Artist Profile