Time and Tides

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Rio Irogoyen , *excerpt from the actual film, 2013, edition of 7 Film 20 Hour Film © Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery
Etang de Pezières II , 2011 Stills 52h Film © Courtesy of the artist & Nicholas Metivier Gallery
stills from, Bay of Fundy, Long Island West , 2010 Film 12h13m © Courtesy of the artist & Nicholas Metivier Gallery
Time and Tides

451 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1K4
March 21st, 2013 - April 20th, 2013
Opening: March 21st, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

King West / Fashion District
Tue-Sat 10-6 or by appointment


Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce Time and Tides, an exhibition of recent films by Jeffrey Blondes. The exhibition will open on March 21 and will be on view through April 20 with a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 21 from 6– 8 PM. This will be Blondes’ second exhibition at the gallery.

Formerly a landscape painter, Jeffrey Blondes transitioned to making films of this subject in 2005. Since then, he has used this new medium to record naturally occurring cycles and phenomena such as the solstices, equinoxes and tides. Made in remote rural locations over time periods ranging between 12 hours to one year, the films provide an opportunity to share in a quiet meditation on the slow and poetic passage of time. In addition to their visual relationship to painting, the success of Blondes’ films is their long-format and high-definition, drawing viewers’ attention to even the smallest of movements in water or foliage.

This exhibition will feature six films by Blondes on the subject of water. Earlier this year Blondes traveled to Patagonia, a region he has always wanted to visit because of its untouched landscape and rumored mystique. Blondes was struck by the rugged, powerful terrain and foreign wildlife he encountered. The three films from Patagonia debuting in this exhibition present a “portrait” of a particular place. As the films run their course between sunrise and sundown, the passage of time is understood through the transition of light as well as the subtle movements of grass, water and animals.

The exhibition will also include two films shot in France as well as one film shot in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. Etang de Pezieres was made over the course of one year, filming each week from the same location on a pond in the Loire Valley. Over a 52-hour period, seasonal changes take place and the subtleties of nature are revealed. 12 Degrees is the longest and one of the most minimal works Blondes has created to date. It is filmed from several calculated points along the coast of France and documents the constantly changing sea over 74 hours. Long Island West records one entire tidal sequence from an elevated, fixed vantage point in the Bay of Fundy. As the water move gradually reseeds towards the horizon, the area’s characteristic red sand is revealed.

Jeffrey Blondes was born in the United States and lives and works in Touraine, France. His films have exhibited internationally including the institutions Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France and Sommerset House and Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England. His works are in many collections worldwide including Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.