Every Night a World Created
July 7 to September 8, 2018
As part of Dion Fortie’s artistic process, he finds materials through daily walks along riverbanks, industrial outskirts and sites of refuse. At these sites, cast-off materials are detached from their intended purpose and found alongside unrelated objects. Fortie repurposes these finds, transforming them symbolically and formally in sculptural arrangements. The works take the form of assemblages, assisted ready-mades and installations that reference art history and design. They are often constructed to human scale, suggesting anthropomorphic forms that act as stand-ins for the human body.
For his new body of work, Every Night a World Created, Fortie developed a multi media installation of found objects and discarded materials to be installed in The Cube along with accompanying works sited on the artist’s walking route. Both the gallery and off-site works take into consideration the surrounding landscape and fringe quality of natural and industrial areas within the city. The sculptures fuse multifarious materials, both natural and manufactured, to form wall hangings and free-standing sculptures that reference the original purpose of the objects while giving them new meaning within the gallery space. The offsite sculptures stand alone when encountered by chance at their sites, but offer another dimension when viewed in relation to the work in The Cube.
Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.
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