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Denis Farley Show In Sutton
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The arts scene in The Eastern Townships is vibrant and a never ending source of surprises. Most people expect major artists to expose their works in major centers like Montreal and Toronto but the many local art galleries in our area are often presenting incredible works of art in the idyllic setting of our small towns and villages. Visitors to Knowlton enjoy the newly renovated Knowlton Gallery and the Sutton Art Gallery is also a never ending source of high quality works from renowned artists.

For art loving residents of the region and visitors there is an upcoming exhibit in Sutton that shouldn’t be missed. Arts Sutton Gallery is pleased to present Déplacements, an exhibition by Denis Farley, from June 14 to July 15, 2007.

The large photographs of Denis Farley are awe inspiring and dramatic in scope and subject.
Denis Farley’s very large photographs frame the strange, ambiguous relationship of the human in the presence of inhumanly sized urban and contemporary architecture, versus nature. Colossal and often highly mesmerizing urban structures are juxtaposed with fragments of nature, excerpts and details of landscape.

The way light is used in these scenes of nature/culture tends to destabilize the viewer, who is not sure which part is actually real. The positioning of a character, often the artist himself, in a kind of minuscule self-portrait, invites us to question the gigantic buildings and complexes found in major capitals around the world. The photographic work being presented in Sutton offers a perspective on the connections we, as city dwellers, have with a constructed reality, compared to a certain pastoral representation of nature. These split-image works, stretching across the horizontal plane, encourage reflection and contemplation; yet while they are very beautiful, they are also disturbing, like the effect of a travelling shot on the viewer who may, in turn, feel like a stranger in this very real world.

Denis Farley has been active in the visual arts community for more than 25 years. He received his MA in visual arts from Concordia University in 1984. Farley has been awarded many provincial and federal art grants and has exhibited widely in Quebec, Canada and Europe. He has executed several public art commissions, including one for Dawson College of Montreal. Farley’s photographs are in major public and private collections, including the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa and the Fonds National d'art contemporain in Paris.

You are invited to meet the artist at the exhibition opening at 2 p.m. on June 16, 2007. The opening of this exhibition will be held Saturday, June 16 at 2:00pm. The President of the Gallery, Mr. Yves L.-Ph. Cousineau, will introduce the artist and Mr. Farley will make a presentation of his work at 2:30pm. Wine will be served, which makes it a good bet I will be there!

The show is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., until July 15.

The Sutton Gallery is in Sutton, a short drive from Knowlton, and is at 7 Academy Street. Information on this show and other happenings at the gallery can be had by calling 450-538-2563 or visit their website : www.artssutton.com

The artist has an intriguing website that showcases his many large photographs and unique installation pieces: www.denisfarley.net


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