Jocelyne Alloucherie: Climats (Climates)
Curated by Diana Nemiroff
06 September – 24 October 2010
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Climats (Climates) can be described as an “imaginarium of the north” that lies between fiction and reality. Blurring the boundaries between drawing, photography, sculpture, and architecture in her work, Montreal artist Jocelyne Alloucherie explores the mythic dimensions of space as it is experienced in memory and the imagination. For Climats (Climates) she has constructed three ‘landscapes’ comprised of quasi-abstract photographs augmented by sculptural and architectural elements whose forms work in counterpoint to the elusive images.
Terre de brumes (Land of Mist), Terre de sang (Land of Blood), and Terre de Neige (Land of Snow) are distillations of place; each communicates a general climate or feeling rather than a particular geographical location. Alloucherie’s majestic and tumultuous images of blowing sand and ancient icebergs shrouded in mist convey, in her words, “a space between the immediacy of physical experience and the memory of one or many elsewheres.”
Jocelyne Alloucherie’s work has been featured in major exhibitions in Canada, Europe, and the United States. She is the winner of a Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts (2000) and Quebec’s prestigious Paul-Émile Borduas Prize (2002), among others, and she has taken part in numerous international residencies. Her intellectual rigour and distinctive artistic vision have won her an important place in the visual arts in Canada.