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New Photography Exhibition at Uplands: "Continuum"

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--January 20, 2014.

Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre is pleased to present the photography exhibit: Continuum. The public is cordially invited to meet the two artists, Nathalie Ampleman and René Bolduc during the vernissage on Sunday, February 2, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Uplands, 9 Speid St. Sherbrooke (borough of Lennoxville). The exhibition will run until March 9, 2014.

Nathalie Ampleman and René Bolduc employ the photographic techniques that heralded the introduction of photography. This exhibit, Continuum photographic, provides a break from modern society’s need for speed, reproducibility, and immediacy.

2014 is the 175th anniversary of the birth of photography: in this exhibit, Nathalie and René offer continuity through time and space with an approach that takes into account the photographic medium in its entirety. By rediscovering traditional techniques and using them as a means of presenting modern concerns, Continuum questions established hierarchies, hermetic discourse and their underlying exclusions. The confrontation between images of various aesthetic origins, associated with the older photographic processes gives us several symbolic paths. It is a subjective, autonomous, photography taking its time, a personal exploration of reality. Through their settings and the interaction between the photos, the meaning of each is revealed.

Nathalie Ampleman, originally from Montreal, has lived in the Eastern Townships for the past 7 years. Trained as a photographer and with experience as an artist, she is a recent recipient of a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for her project “residual footprint.“ She has shown her work regularly since 2010 at local museums, artistic events, and galleries. As the second prize winner in the 2011 BNL MTL Flickr contest, her work was displayed at the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC).

Her photographic technique focuses on associating modern digital and traditional photographic processes. Inspired by her own life, her work shows the links between man and nature. Its urban landscapes, characters, and animals tell us a story, and suggest multiple layers. Through experimentation with gum bichromate and cyanotype processes, her aesthetic sensibilities allow her to enlarge the gap between pure photographic reproductions of reality and photographic art. Inspired by the transient nature of all things, her goal is to create worlds within her art.

René Bolduc hails from and works in Sherbrooke. Self-taught, he has been practicing photography for nearly thirty years. Using only large format cameras, his approach icludes the use of the “humid Collodion process”, a photographic technique developed in 1851. His mastery of this technique along with his skills as a portrait photographer, were used to produce images for artists such as Raoul Duguay, Richard Séguin and Joseph Arthur. Since 1993 he has exhibited his work in many galleries and museums, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke in which some of his photos form part of the permanent collection. He has led workshops in Montreal and Drummondville as well as at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts de Québec. A recurrent aspect of his work is his interest in strange and uncommon things. He is fascinated by the footprints time has left on both man and objects, and by places in a state of transition. Like humans, our environment and heritage have a spontaneous and temporary character, and this is what he hopes to immortalize by visiting places known and unknown, and looking for their ephemeral qualities to distill through the beauty of his 150 year old method.

Opening Hours: Uplands is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting February 2, 2014.