January 2023
Sylvie Readman and Denis Rioux

From January 17 to February 21, 2023, Le Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle hosted the exhibition Porosities, by the artists Sylvie Readman and Denis Rioux.

The opening of the exhibit was Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 5 p.m.

Porosities was born of the meeting of two artists who, each in their own way, are interested in materiality, space, and light as primal conditions of photographic experience. Conjoining their voices, this project aims to relate their reflective territories and to create points of contact from which the images allow themselves to be permeated by a seemingly analog spirit of openness and balance between what is given to see and to think.

Sylvie Readman’s contribution revisits and updates the classic pictorial theme of vanitas, in the context of which photographic elements make up a reflective fable. Made up of evanescent landscapes, of memorials or funerary spaces, and references to long temporal cycles, this fable, haunted by the imaginary of the camera obscura, conjures up a set of open meditations on the passage of time, on the finitude of human existence, and on the complexity of our relationship to nature.

Denis Rioux explores the photographic as a distinct form of appropriation, along with the nature of the experience it involves. Is works are an operator that fosters thinking about space, the visible, and materiality, outside of what enables the naming of things. They give an account of the primal, tautological experience of the appearing in light, highlighting the contexture of objects in favor of their complex and entropic materiality.

Le Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, the City of Ottawa, AGAVF, Marcil Lavallée, and the Caisse Desjardins Ontario for their support.

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