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Nathalie Gosselin
Bodies of Light

September 8 to October 27, 2005

"Photographs inhabit a peculiar space between truth and fiction, objective fact and subjective speculation. I pursue an ideology of experimentation fuelled by philosophical inquiry, trying to change and alter photography from within, through its own idiosyncrasies."
ESPACE TROIS, Montreal, August 29, 2005. - Montreal based photographer Nathalie Gosselin has selected six bodies of work in which she explores the subtleties of light, that element so essential to the discipline of photography. The title of this exhibition, Bodies of Light, is taken from a recent series of photograms that the artist has created by placing the delicate intimacy of an insect body, a butterfly wing, a feather and other objects directly on light sensitive paper. Chosen for their ability to transmit light, this intervention results in the objects leaving their trace.

The intersection of reality with photographic representation is explored in a single image where real body hair emerges from the photographic surface, thus extending the reality of the image beyond.

Always attentive to the small rejected objects, that our society discards, the artist has the ability to transform mundane ordinary things that most people overlook into images of beauty. In Simulacra, she presents a life size reconstitution of a glass brick window common in the early taverns in Montreal. The photographs of individual bricks that make up this large installation depend on the ability of light to describe the most subtle nuances in surface and tonality. Each brick is unique and as a whole, the images have both diversity and similarity.

Light is a physical part of an installation that merges photography and sculpture. Gosselin envelopes her images in a tinted resin, resulting in a hybrid object that resembles specimens in amber. These sculptures are displayed on three light box shelves, and the light emanating from inside the boxes, allows the contents of these objects to glow and be revealed. In two other series, ordinary objects that Gosselin collects, conserves and preserves become mementos, both sacred and magical. Like a scientific study, they are isolated, contained in petry dishes or vaccum packed, and documented by being photographed with light shining through them as though lit from within.

Light is a constant and integral part of these images.

Vernissage: Thursday, September 8, 2005 from 5 to 8 pm
The artist will be present

Note: During the month of October, the gallery is open only Sundays 2, 9, 16, 23, Thursdays 6, 20 & 27 and Fridays 7, 14, & 21. in accordance with the Jewish holiday schedule.


Espace Trois is an exhibition space within the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts devoted to exhibiting work created by artists who teach in the School of Fine Arts as well as the advanced Atelier members.

Information: Doreen Lindsay, Coordinator of Exhibitions (514) 932-6688