Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Isabelle Hayeur, Untitled Legacy, 2007 (detail)
Isabelle Hayeur, Untitled Legacy, 2007 (detail)
2007 Public Installation

ISABELLE HAYEUR
UNTITLED LEGACY, 2007

May 1–31, 2007
Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W

Stretching across the facade of the Drake Hotel
during
CONTACT
2007 is Untitled Legacy, Isabelle Hayeur’s
monumental
portrait
of the West Queen West neighbourhood. The
hurried
passerby
may assume this a conventional photograph, or
perhaps even
a reflection, of cityscape.

However, upon closer
examination
the view begins to unravel, revealing a composite
image of
the area so true to life as to constitute digital
trompe l’oeil.
Hayeur’s process of isolating landscape elements
from
various photographs and then fusing them together
into
a new, finely distilled image subtly reveals the
tensions
inherent in an urban neighbourhood in transition.

For the last few decades, the cycle of decay and
renewal has
been
accelerating to breakneck speed along the Queen
West
corridor –
with the collision of viewpoints, theories and
planning –
throwing
off more than a few sparks along the way.
Hayeur’s image
stands
witness to this change not in the impartial manner
of a photo,
but in the mutable manner of a pixel, portraying
multiple sides
of
the story simultaneously. Here the artist invites you
to enter
the
image of these changing surroundings through
your own lens.

Untitled Legacy is included in the exhibition
Looking
The Other
Way
, along with works by Thomas Bangsted,
Jesper Just,
Andreas
Koch, Søren Lose, Sergei Sviatchenko, and
Penelope
Umbrico,
curated by Mia Nielsen.

Isabelle Hayeur also shows recent
photographs at
Jessica
Bradley Art + Projects - see Feature Exhibitions.

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