February 10 — March 2, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Out of this Light, into this Shadow


Opening : Friday February 10, 2017 at 5pm

Via the techniques of collage and assemblage, Juan Ortiz-Apuy explores the concept of Junkspace, which advances the notion of junk food to our entire built environment. The resulting animated sculptural landscape sets the stage for absurd “characters” that refer to past art histories and design languages.

On one of the structures fashioned from IKEA shelves, you can read the phrase “from bauhaus to your house”. And so the artist draws a straight line between the foundations of modern architecture and contemporary consumer cultures. The appeal of novel objects can be seductive, like the light from a Bauhaus lamp that attracts the dried moths placed here and there by Ortiz-Apuy.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Juan Ortiz-apuy was born in Costa Rica in 1980 and lives and works in Montreal since 2003. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Recent exhibitions include The MacLaren Arts Centre, SPOROBOLE Contemporary Art Centre, Gallery Birch Libralato, ARTSPACE, Eastern Edge, A Space Gallery and Quebec City Biennial: Manif d'Art 7. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Award.

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