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Jacques Perron

Study

Artist

Jacques Perron
Born in Ottawa in 1955

Title

Study

Date

1996

Materials

Videotape transferred to videodisk, projection, 1/3

Dimensions

18.5 x 2.4 x 10.3 cm

Credits

Purchase, the Canada Council for the Arts' Acquisition Assistance Program and Hugh G. Jones Fund, inv. 1999.29

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Perron’s studies in photography and philosophy have greatly influenced his work as a videographer. His art comprises numerous experiments that combine still photography with slide projections and videos. In these pieces, Perron aspires to instill a degree of ambiguity within the framework of his chosen media. His pieces come across as a series of variations on the limitations of images, vision and the presence of living beings.


In this work, Perron interweaves two images of the same size: a man’s face and a tree in springtime, its leaves dancing in the wind. The images alternate, with each one gradually superimposing itself on the other. Very slowly and with great simplicity, this twofold movement of appearance and disappearance, produces a hypnotic effect reminiscent of the act of breathing. Here the artist is inviting us to participate in meditation and reverie, to give ourselves over to our drifting thoughts.

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