January 13 - February 11, 2012
Opening reception: Friday January 13, 6-9pm | Artist talk: Saturday January 21, 2pm
Marc Audette’s photographic series, Art Class 010, emerges from a long-term engagement with both teaching and questioning forms of cultural indoctrination. Known for uncanny, almost cinematic photographs and installations, Audette is deeply invested in challenging what he calls “the dogma of the image.” For Art Class 010, he mines the great pedagogical themes of painting and drawing, filling his images with references to still life, life drawing, perspective, foreshortening, chiaroscuro, and drapery studies. Consisting mainly of a series of peculiar tableaux vivants composed and photographed in the university classroom where he teaches, this evolving body of work reminds us that the most effective and affective lessons of our lives may be learned anywhere, simply by valuing the abilities of our own minds and allowing them to engage freely with the world around us. – Emily Falvey, catalogue essay writer
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Marc Audette studied fine art at the University of Québec in Hull and earned a Masters in Visual Arts from York University. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Gallery 44, Toronto, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie and Digital & Video Art Fair (DiVA), New York. He is a founding member of L’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF), a national arts service organization that represents visual arts groups active in Francophone communities outside the Province of Quebec. In addition to having taught in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University’s Keele campus, Audette teaches in the Multidisciplinary Studies Department at the Glendon campus, and has been curator of the Glendon Gallery since 2001.
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond St W, #120, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8