Karilee Fuglem January light, so light
January 9 to 31, 2015
Vernissage : Saturday January 10 at 2 pm
Artist’s Talk: Thursday January 15 at 7 pm
The McClure Gallery is pleased to feature the work of Karilee Fuglem in the exhibition January light, so light. Known for her large site-specific installations, the artist continues the trajectory of her investigations in which she “draws” in space with transparent materials, light and movement. The result is work that is at once ethereal and interactive, provoking in the viewer an attentive awareness and experience of space and time.
For over two decades, Karilee Fuglem has explored the subtlety of the visual world as a way of addressing embodied perception. Her recent work emerges out of an ongoing fascination with the way light is reflected through transparent or translucent materials and how our corporeal presence causes subtle displacements in the movement of air such that the viewer becomes a critical component of each piece. The installation in the McClure consists of almost weightless polyester film cut in strips and discs, suspended from walls and ceiling, some in front of screens that are back-lit to create shapes and shadows that shift in myriad combinations throughout the space.
The atmospheric shifts evoked by the viewer’s movement through the gallery are unpredictable, surprising, at times almost imperceptible. Fuglem speaks of making art, “to be seen through the body, in the manner of Merleau-Ponty’s ‘secret visibility,’ the physicality of the visual world felt as an echo in our own physicality.” The work makes visible what is normally invisible; it elicits an awareness of what is “here, now.” The title, January light, so light, underlines that even in the dark of winter, the most minimal of light can affect our sense of the world around us. The deeply experiential aspect of Fuglem’s installation emerges precisely from our perception of light and shadow as an almost visible whisper; it offers us a poetic moment embodied in ourselves in relation to our lived world.
Originally from British Columbia, Karilee Fuglem has made her home in Montreal since 1989, during which time she has presented solo exhibitions here and across Canada. Her work takes the form of installations, drawings, photographs and artist books. Recent group exhibitions include Apprivoiser l’espace, at Circa, Montreal, and Circling the Inverse Square at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in 2013; Anima at FOFA Gallery and the Biennale de Montréal in 2011 (as well as 1998), and Chimère/ Shimmer at the Musée des beaux-arts du Québec in 2010. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the National Gallery of Canada, and a permanent installation at the Cirque du Soleil headquarters. She is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain. The artist would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their support in the production of this current work.