The Légaré Project:
Légaré and the Walker Court, AGO

In 2008 for my exhibition Façade at the Modern Fuel gallery, Kingston, I referred to the work of Joseph Légaré. A Quebec artist working at a similar time period to that of the MF building‘s construction, Légaré painted the iconic work, Fire in the Saint-Jean Quarter, Seen Looking Westward, 1845.

Later in 2012/13, for Légaré Project: Légaré as Légaré, I referred to the the Légaré paintings, Fire in the Saint-Jean Quarter, Seen Looking Westward and L’Incendie du quartier Saint-Roch, both1845, in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec, Quebec City, respectively.

Following this I looked at ways to make work that positioned my Légaré images in the context of the AGO’s collections. As often in my process I looked on line. After some experimentation an early image of the Walker Court found on the AGO’s website seemed like the best entry point.

Using an image from the Légaré as Légaré work I digitally moved my image into the Walker Court image. The colour disappeared, much to my surprise. This seemed fortuitous and I embraced the potential for the work, Légaré and the Walker Court, AGO.

 

Légaré and the Walker Court, AGO 01, 2013
digital print on paper, variable size

 
   

Légaré and the Walker Court, AGO 02, 2013
digital print on paper, variable size

 
   

Légaré and the Walker Court, AGO 03, 2013
digital print on paper, variable size

 
   

Légaré and the Walker Court, AGO 04, 2013
digital print on paper, variable size

 
   

Légaré and the Walker Court, AGO 05, 2013
digital print on paper, variable size