Éole is a 4 minute video of a BASE jump I made in September, 2002. It consists of a curtained off enclosure, with a small TV and headphones. A booth accommodating a single viewer with headphones to listen to the soundtrack. With this installation, I am creating a space that allows the viewer to cross the boundary of fear that goes with finding or exploring new territory. I made the jump wearing a modified stethoscope and a microphone to collect both internal body and external ambient sounds.
Death is ten seconds away. Just enough time to do something simple and unimportant. In the context of extreme sports, the artist and his skydiving mentor invite spectators to consider the meaning of keeping control in dangerous situations.
Falling through the sky is a difficult place to do something ordinary. The fear of dying, of making mistakes, of not getting it right, or of simply looking stupid all come into play and have to be overcome in order to continue, to survive.
This exhibition, Turning Point, is a collaborative project between artist Paul Litherland and aerial performer Bertrand Cloutier. It is a video installation consisting of two synchronized video projections with quadraphonic sound. Viewers are mesmerized and destabilized by two skydivers in freefall (Litherland and Cloutier), signalling to each other and the viewer. Together they turn circles in perpetuity.
Hesitation is an outdoor installation of photographs along boulevard St- Laurent (“The Main”) in Montreal. They are photographs of the artist and other actors printed and mounted to metal supports identical in size and shape to parking signs and are attached to light posts on each side of the street between Sherbrooke and St. Viateur streets. The exhibition was coordinated by Galerie B-312.
The images are studio lit portraits of actors, with a simple coloured backgrounds. In this series the artist plays out examples of awkward relationships that encompass racial, class, gender and institutional realms. For example, one of the pairs of signs depicts the artist as undergoing some kind of medical intervention, where a masked surgeon is about to perform some act on a waiting patient (the artist). The institution meets the individual.
From Kevin deForest’s text for the exhibition:
Paul Litherland’s “Hesitation” activates the urban visual fabric of identity by the installation of photographs on light posts through the Main. Mounted to metal backings, they resemble traffic signs in their scale and the shape of their rounded off edges. A graphic clarity is maintained by the simple format of the imagery – figures from the ankles up posed in front of monochrome backdrops. But unlike the crosswalk ‘marching man’ found at pedestrian crossings, the subjective, funky presence of identities and social situations counter the state provided sign system, and their design of transparent order and protection…. Read the complete text here:
Photographs, wood, fur, hair and velvet make up the materials used in this series of works that explore ideas of the body in landscape.
The works were produced at the the artists centre est-nord-est in St-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec, home to a large community of wood sculptors, who produce works in wood from kitsch to critical.