Art Metropole was was pleased to host the launch of the new collaborative artist book project, The World As I Found It. Artist and writer Yam Lau was on hand to sign copies. The World as I Found It revisits Alain Paeiment’s photographic work Parages(Vicinity) 2002. The work is a visual map of the building at 5012, Boulevard St Laurent, Montreal: Paiement’s live/work space for the past ten years. Parages was originally presented as an installation of multiple suspended banners at Galerie UQAM in Montreal, and later at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York. The book is almost entirely comprised of full-page colour photographs featuring details of the apartment, studio, and the bakery on the ground floor of the building. The format is reminiscent of tourist guide design, including additional contextual information and a full size map of the site. The images, map, and the text by Yam Lau construct an open narrative of the architectural space, an artist’s practice, and the history of the occupants. The World as I Found It is part of Alain Paiement’s project at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery and is made possible through the initiative of Loretta Yarlow, Director of Exhibitions, Pratt Institute.
Yam Lau was born in Hong Kong and is currently based in Toronto, Canada. He received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Alberta. His creative work explores new expressions and qualities of space, time and image. His most recent works combine video and computer-generated animation to re-create familiar spaces and activities in varied dimensionalities and perspectives. Also, Lau publishes regularly on art and design and is active in the local art community. Certain aspects of his art practice, such as using his car as an on-going mobile project space, are designed to solicit community participation.
Lau has exhibited widely across Canada, United States and Europe. He is a recipient of numerous awards from the arts councils in Canada. Currently Lau is a Professor of painting at York University, Toronto. In addition to his teaching and research, Lau also serves on the board and advisory committee on two public galleries. His work is represented by Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto and Yuanfen New Media Art Space in Beijing.
Born in 1960 in Montreal. Lives and works in Montreal.
Since the mid 1980s, photographer Alain Paiement has shown internationally, making his mark in contemporary photography through a sustained exploration of the mediumâ€™s spatial deployment, depiction of architecture and construction of sight. In 1992, Paiement was the first Quebecer to show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in the exhibition â€œPower of the City/City of Power.â€ Subsequently his work has been the subject of numerous solo shows, including at the MusÃ©e dâ€™art contemporain de MontrÃ©al, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Darling Foundry. Two main bodies of work organize Paiementâ€™s production to date: photosculptures (1986â€“2000) and mappings (1996â€“2012). He is perhaps best known for his elaborate aerial views of various domestic and work spaces. His most recent photographs are opening up to more specific considerations of time and transience. Paiement was the 2002 winner of the Prix Louis-Comtois presented by the City of MontrÃ©al in conjunction with the Association des galeries dâ€™art contemporain de MontrÃ©al. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Photography Award.
2: A crowd gathers for the book signing.