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Fracture (DFN) - teaser

digital animation, 32sec
music : Julian Hou



Orbis (GNSS) - teaser

digital animation, 37sec
music : Julian Hou



Continuum Model

Western Front
September 13th - October 26th 2013


Excerpt from the exhibition's brochure :


Western Front Exhibitions and Western Front Media Arts are pleased to present "Continuum Model", a solo exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Sylvain Sailly. Sailly’s practice explores contemporary information systems through the intersections of technology and sculpture, exploring industrial modes of production to inform otherwise intangible socio-economic realities.

"Continuum Model" features new digitally animated works, in concert with sculptural objects, sound works and architectural interventions. This body of work is based around the diagrams and schematics often employed by technology and resource-based industries. Working with local artists Barry Doupé, Julian Hou, and Pietro Sammarco, Sailly represents abstracted images of industrial processes through a range of technologies, creating textures both virtual and concrete. This exhibition came out of intensive research into the way in which technical and environmental processes are made visible and accessible by governments, educational institutions and corporations. These images are both idealized and simplified, seductive and reductive, and point to complex slippages in representation between the virtual and the actual.

Sailly has taken diagrammatic images of two technical systems that are ubiquitous yet abstract — global navigation satellite systems and hydraulic fracturing— as source material. "Orbit (GNSS)" depicts the twenty-four satellites needed to orient objects moving across the planet’s surface for both military and civilian purposes, while "Fracture (DFN)" illustrates the waves of hydraulic liquid that permeate the earth’s crust, to extract natural gas. Sailly’s luminous animations and surrounding sculptures evoke industrial promotional materials, implicating viewers in an intimate vision that ultimately do not provide a deeper understanding of these powerful systems.


photo documentation : Maegan Hill-Caroll
from left to right



Continuum Model, 2013

installation view, Western Front, Vancouver



Continuum Model, 2013

installation view, Western Front, Vancouver



Continuum Model, 2013

installation view, Western Front, Vancouver



Continuum Model, 2013

installation view, Western Front, Vancouver



Fracture (DFN) - video 2, 2013

digital animation, 4min 5sec

Fracture (DFN) - standee 2, 2013

digital print on aluminum

Fracture (DFN) - video 1, 2013

digital animation, 4min 5sec




Continuum Model, 2013

installation view, Western Front, Vancouver


Fracture (DFN) - standee 2, 2013

digital print on aluminum



Fracture (DFN) - standee 1, 2013

digital print on aluminum

Column, 2013

aluminum pipe, wall paint

Wavy Curtains, 2013

heavy duty vinyl fabric



Fracture (DFN) - standee 1, 2013

(detail)

digital print on aluminum



Continuum Model, 2013

installation view, Western Front, Vancouver



Continuum Model, 2013

installation view, Western Front, Vancouver



Continuum Model, 2013

installation view, Western Front, Vancouver



Orbit (GNSS) - standee 1, 2013

digital print on aluminum

Orbit (GNSS) - video 1, 2013

animation, 4min 5sec

Orbit (GNSS) - standee 2, 2013

digital print on aluminum



Wavy Curtains, 2013

heavy duty vinyl fabric

Orbit (GNSS) - standee 1, 2013

digital print on aluminum



Orbit (GNSS) - standee 1, 2013

digital print on aluminum

Orbit (GNSS) - video 1, 2013

animation, 4min 5sec



Orbit (GNSS) - video 1, 2013

animation, 4min 5sec

Orbit (GNSS) - standee 2, 2013

digital print on aluminum



Orbit (GNSS) - standee 2, 2013

digital print on aluminum



Continuum Model, 2013

installation view, Western Front, Vancouver





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