435 King Street East, Cambridge, ON
Philippe Blanchard’s immersive installations use computer-controlled lighting and collage sculptures to generate the illusion of movement and to explore animation as an installation medium. This room-sized sculptural installation is inspired by architectural structures that deal with light or fire as cultural phenomena: ancient altars for burnt offerings, temples that house fire, modern buildings such as cinemas, devoted to the contemplation of pulsating light. In much of his work, Blanchard considers fire as an early visual technology and uses it poetically as a stand-in for animation. The immersive use of red, green and blue lights to animate constructed physical space addresses the optical nature of the moving image and its relation to our perception of time.
Friday Night Art Live Opening: Friday, March 27, 7:00pm
Philippe Blanchard is a Toronto-based artist, animator, teacher and curator. His diverse creative background (film production, digital visual effects, studio arts) has informed an interdisciplinary practice combining animation, installation, light shows, drawing, painting and printmaking. His recent projects include expanded animation installations for Chromatic Festival/C2MTL, the Power Plant and solo shows at Arprim (Montreal) and InterAccess (Toronto), all featuring screen-printed imagery animated by coloured light.
Philippe Blanchard's animation work has been shown at Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), Pop Montreal Festival, Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), The Kitchen (New York), RISD (Providence RI), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC), LACMA (Los Angeles), San Francisco Art Institute, Cal Arts (Valencia, CA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Impakt Festival (Utrecht NL), Center for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Ottawa Art Gallery, InterAccess, Angell Gallery and AGYU.
Philippe Blanchard also works as a commercial animation director, principally for Toronto-based studio Head Gear Animation. He has directed/animated spots for MTV, Oreo, Milk, Blistex, Sesame Street, and PBS.