Mar 012016
 

The Wall

I signed my name next to another Acadian’s, a tradition.


Accommodations in Helsinki

The biggest little apartment in town. So small, but so well organized. This is an actual Helsinki apartment.


What a month it has been. I have met some really interesting and great artists from all over the world in an amazing setting. It has been such a long time since I have been able to devote so much time and energy uniquely towards being creative; I feel honoured to have been selected among such a talented and charming group of people. I also feel honoured that my students and my employer (Grenfell Campus) were so gracious in allowing me this opportunity, this alone gave me the impetus to work hard and dedicate myself to doing what I had to do.

Much work has been created, most of it will be a framework to develop many future projects. Below is one of the pieces I left with my hosts at Arteles. It is relatively resolved, meaning I took some time and “performed” some sound to it. Of course this will evolve as I work with it more. I am hoping to gather my courage and propose an actual public performance in the near future.




A “final” version of this work made during a residency at Arteles Creative Centre in Haukijärvi, Finland. It is a reflection on how silence, awareness and existence co-exist in uneasy harmony. Silence is impossible, awareness is difficult and existence just is. The work is designed to be projected during performance of sound works, the soundtrack is one such “performance” played out while watching the moving images. Loops, reiterations and différence and répétition all thanks to Gilles Deleuze.


Across thee Silence version 03 /with sound from Pierre LeBlanc on Vimeo.

 

Feb 212016
 

Words for J.B.

From J. Baldessari- "I will not make boring art"

Still from J. Baldessari
“I will not make boring art”

Text based art can be fun, exhilarating since it calls language into question, gives it a form.

This is the most recent piece from my residency experience, inspired by conversations, materials at hand and time to be in tune with imagination.

There is a John Baldessari work that keeps rolling around in my head, it is about boring art and… not making it. [openculture.com/2013/08/john-baldessaris-i-will-not-make-any-more-boring-art-a-1971-conceptual-art-piecediy-art-course.html] I really love the piece in all its humour and thoughtfulness. This work is a reply to JB. It is an initial exploration and will evolve to something else at some point, with any luck.

Part of it is my attraction to slow art, art that simmers in the brain only to reveal its reality when least expected. This kind of art tends to be “boring” at first glance but it “explodes inside the head later on”, I am paraphrasing Baltz. This is why I find inspiration in conceptual art, Tarkovsky films, the images of Lewis Baltz and dronesounds.

Words for J.B. – with kindest respect from Pierre LeBlanc :: Vimeo.

 

 

Feb 202016
 

Earthworks

Two days ago we visited two ginormous earthwork projects. I love seeing art in unassuming places without the hype and glory of the museum/gallery setting. Somehow, this lets me respond to things in a more personal and direct way.

In both of these, it was thrilling to see how we (the group of residents) responded with childlike glee and playfulness to the pieces.

1- Tree Mountain by Agnes Denes [http://www.strataproject.org/agnes-denes.html]

A difficult piece to photograph because of its scale. So I am adding a satellite view from Google earth for some perspective; click on it to see a larger view (its worth the trouble).

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes - Google View

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Google View

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes - Pierre view

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Pierre view

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Pierre view

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Pierre view

Puuvuori - Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes

Puuvuori – Tree Mountain by Agnes Danes – Pierre view


What is most striking to me, as with many Earthworks, is that both these projects are about reclamation. The idea of the land reclaiming sites used for commercial or industrial purposes, over time, much much time. These works are interventions that bring the human scale into this process, not destructively but in some kind of balance with natural processes. Ultimately, the work is about optimism and a firm belief that the marks that humans leave on this planet will change, the Earth will persist despite human ignorance.


 

2- Up and Under/Yltä ja Alta by Nancy Holt [http://www.strataproject.org/nancy-holt.html]

A piece that was absolute joy to photograph, the possibilities were endless. We played and we played; an excellent field trip.

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt - Google Earth view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Google Earth view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt

Yltä ja Alta/Up and Under by Nancy Holt – Pierre view

I will let the work do all the talking today, it is worth listening to it.

Feb 182016
 

Petite tristesse – A gift of (e)motion.

Thank you Andrei, I think I get it.

Often, in our rush to “own” we forget something important. Everything seen becomes part of us; there is no copy[wrong]right in that space. Sometimes it just shifts perspective ever so slightly. Tarkovsky’s films are that for me, they remind me that the thing on my wrist or in my pocket that divides life into discreet units is just that. It is not about time, it is about duration; it is about giving existence a frame that we all somehow agree upon.

This is most probably the first and most fatal of conventions.

T’s Horse on a red sky :: Pierre LeBlanc :: Vimeo.