C’est l’hiver, ca. 2012
“In my paintings I am exploring the universal themes of the human condition and searching for meaning, understanding and hope in our self-centred, material obsessed society.”
Jean Michel Crettaz and Mark-David Hosale
Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator, 2012
The Quasar Series (2007- 2013), which included Quasar, Quasar 2: Star Incubator, and Quasar 3 [danger du zero], was an iteration of immersive interactive light and sound installations that explore the world that exists beyond our senses by converging light and sound events in a tangible architectonic sculptural object. The name of the series is derived from a more or less mysterious astronomical occurrence, called quasars, and are understood as extremely ancient and highly luminous events that occur in the furthest known reaches in our known Universe. The significance of quasars to the work is that they represent the edge of what can be seen and known, they are a demarcation of our epistemological horizon.
The main body of the installations were designed as an immersive landscape that formed a visually striking array of crystalline-like elements and fibre optic strands and acrylic structural elements that were supported by an intricate metallic substructure, whose form was inspired by quantum loops. The sculpture was embedded with scores of microcontrollers that controlled hundreds of LED’s that would light up the fibre optic strands independently. Sensors in the exhibition space would draw data from the installation’s surroundings and a multi-channel sound system integrated in the body gave a voice to the installation’s virtual life processes.
The data fields connected to Quasar were collected from a variety of sources that range spatially from very distant celestial to intimately local, and temporally in scope from years of data collection to the instantaneous event.
Shary Boyle and Shuvinai Ashoona
Universal Cobra Pussy, 2011
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton
Winter Enthusiast Eating an Icicle. Alpine Club, n.d.
Donald Roderick Cameron
Upset of Mail Stage Coach in Winter at English Coulé, en route to Dufferin Manitoba from St. Louis, c. 1872-1874
Alexander Cavalié Mercer
Effect of a Snow Storm, Lower-Town, Quebec City, 1828
Christmas cards, after 1915
"Huron Carol" stamps, 1977
The Huron Carol was created by a Jesuit missionary named Father Jean de Brébeuf in 1643 who worked among the Wendat (Huron). He wrote it in the Wendat language and set it to a 16th century song, Une Jeunne Pucelle. It tells the story of the birth of Jesus but replaces the wise men with Wendat hunters and the manger with a bark lodge.
Pte. Lyle Enright Returning from Overseas for Christmas, ca. 1943-1965
Canadian Women’s Army Corps Wrap for Christmas, c. 1943-1965