Raymond Boisjoly
(And) Other Echoes, 2013
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15

Raymond Boisjoly’s work investigates technology, Aboriginal identity, the relationship between text and image as well as the limits of the visible.

(And) Other Echoes comprises a series of twelve images and a parallel floor text after Kent Mackenzie’s 1961 film The Exiles, a chronicle of Native Americans − women and men − who have left the reservations of the Southwest for Los Angeles. These images were made by placing an iPhone or iPad playing the film onto a flatbed scanner, a process that creates abstracted and distorted images in which the disjointed relationship between still and moving image subtly echoes the difficulties faced by the subjects of the film used as source material.

The gradual collapsing of temporalities is especially potent: while The Exiles takes place over 24 hours, its running time is only 72 minutes, of which Boisjoly’s photographic instantanés capture a duration equal to the time the scanner takes to sweep across the surface. By face-mounting the images behind darkened acrylic, the artist further obscures them, drawing attention to the difficulties of transferring one image to another and evoking mainstream culture’s blindness toward urban First Nations communities.

Aphoristically toned phrases − the titles of each work in the series − are laid out on the floor. These parallel texts open another interstitial space, alluding to subjects, times and places.
—ML

Raymond Boisjoly (And) Other Echoes, 2013
installation: twelve screen-resolution LightJet prints face-mounted to gray-tinted acrylic glass and vinyl text 
 each print: 91.5 x 122 cm courtesy of the artist and Catrione Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver; photo: Blaine Campbell
Raymond Boisjoly (And) Other Echoes, 2013
installation: twelve screen-resolution LightJet prints face-mounted to gray-tinted acrylic glass and vinyl text 
 each print: 91.5 x 122 cm courtesy of the artist and Catrione Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver; photo: Blaine Campbell
Biography

Born in Langley, BC, in 1981, Raymond Boisjoly lives and works in Vancouver. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa (2014); Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver (2013); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013); Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver (2013); Forest City Gallery, London, ON (2012); and Lawrimore Project, Seattle (2012).

He has also contributed to numerous group exhibitions, including Beat Nation, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Dalhousie Art Gallery and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS; Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Vancouver Art Gallery; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC (2012-2014); Acquisitions and Archives, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013); Pleinairism, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2013); Fiction/Non Fiction, Esker Foundation, Calgary (2013); Tools for Conviviality, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2012); Devouring Time, Western Bridge, Seattle (2012); and Phantasmagoria, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver (2012). Boisjoly is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.

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Videos
BNLMTL 2014 - Panel with Adaptive Actions, Abbas Akhavan, Raymond Boisjoly, Anton Vidockle and Pelin Tan