UPwithART 2.0 - 24-30 May 2020

Title: Climate Record #2 (Black)

Troy David Ouellette is an artist/researcher specializing in Assemblage theory, technology and conceptual art. He received his PhD, in Visual Arts, from York University in 2014 and his M.F.A. from the University of Windsor in 2007. He has taught Design, Sculpture and undergraduate courses at various universities and colleges in Southern Ontario. From 1999 until 2006 he was the Sculpture Facilitator at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff Alberta. His work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Australia and the United States. He resides in London, Ontario. troydavidouellette.com

“In my recent carbon paper works, carbon itself became a means to suggest a connection to the carbon cycle and weather cycles by way of the Earth’s rotation, but there is also the allusion to a drop of rain in a puddle, the expansion of a source of energy, a tree ring or an ice core sample – each iteration remaking itself in a unique context of the studio. The resistant qualities of the wax-coated carbon paper yields unpredictable results and draws out the irony inherent in these material choices. Carbon paper was originally created, not to make copies, but to provide a means for the visually impaired to write with the aid of a machine. The fact that these works exist on a surface originally designed for replicating textual information is an important aspect of the composition. It resists the specificity that text wills into conception thereby signaling an exchange between different types of cultural production where visual and material properties are emphasized. Each work also points to an increased awareness of complexity and of our current predicament concerning climate change, overpopulation and habitat depletion.”