All Things Must Pass (under the moon)

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Jellyfish (detail, video still) © Courtesy of the artist and Katzman Kamen Gallery
Swimmers (two breathe) , 2012 Digital Video Projection © Courtesy of the artist and Katzman Kamen Gallery
All Things Must Pass (under the moon)

86 Miller Street
Toronto M6N 2Z9
January 17th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2013
Opening: January 17th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Bloordale Village / The Junction
Tues. - Thurs. 11 am to 4:30 pm; Fri. - Sat. 11 am to 6:00 pm


The Katzman Kamen Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by gallery artist Alain Paiement, titled All Things Must Pass (under the moon). The exhibition runs from January 17 to March 2, 2013. An official opening will be held on Thursday, January 17, from 6 to 9p with the artist present. Alain Paiement will also be in attendance at the gallery on Saturday January 19th from 3 to 5p.

Still and motion photography record ephemera and events, moments in time.  In All Things Must Pass, Alain Paiement examines timely narratives, rather than spatial deconstruction.  The exhibition investigates substantial phenomenon, matter in movement, transformation and change. History’s narratives are understood from a phenomenological point of view: intertwined swimmers coexist with a sea of jellyfish, an ice drift, crowds walking in protest, coffee and milk remains, a ruined cover of a socialist paper with historical news, and some lunar photographs.

All of the works depict luminous figures against a dark, if not absolutely black, background. Most of them are double entendres: a simple juxtaposion of successive moments, a dissimilar mirror, an imbricated false stereoscopy, or a fusion of superimposed bodies.

Two videos of swimmers recorded one after the other in a prepared swimming pool. As the speed of each swimmer varies, the two bodies undulate and modulate between synchronization and disharmony.

All Things Must Pass is taken from George Harrison's 1970 album of the same title. The addition of (under the moon) in parenthesis suggests a mood of melancholia and nostalgia. But, this ensemble does not look back with sentimentality on a forgettable past. Rather, it composes a blend of anxiety and serenity relevant for today by combining stillness and moving irreversibility.