For the last ten years, I have dedicated the majority of my interdisciplinary creative activities to animation, installation, textile and printmaking. My conceptual focus has been to deepen my understandings of animation by endowing it with a spatial and experiential dimension, beyond the limits of the screen, through the use of media not usually associated with the moving image. By doing so, I aim to provide the viewer–who has become indifferent to their unceasing exposure to moving image media–with an unfamiliar experience of what constitutes an animated image.
After researching the historical origins of animation – a hybrid medium arising from the combination of magic lantern spectacles, illusionism and puppetry – I had the urge to recast animation in its original role, fundamentally marvelous and magical, based on illusion and the belief in a deeply uncanny experience.
Inspired from stage design techniques and theatre lighting, I developed installations (Time Tunnel, New Troglodytes, Structured Light) where I illuminate screen-printed images in red, green and blue with computer controlled LED stroboscopic lights. Recently, I have opened this body of work up to hand-dyed knit and tufted textile pieces, lending the work a newfound tactile and sculptural dimension.
Another body of work developed through the Nick Novak Fellowship at Open Studio in 2016, experiments with animating screen-prints installed in space through stop-motion animation, juxtaposing the repetition of the printed image to the repetition of the photographic image being played back in time, proposing a reflection on how time and space and represented through the encounter of two disciplines.
1974 | Canada.
Works and lives in Toronto, Canadá.
2010 | MFA (Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design), OCAD University. Toronto, Canadá.
2005 | Diploma (Visual Effects for Film and Television), Seneca College. Toronto, Canadá.
1998 | BFA (Film Production), Concordia University. Montreal, Canadá.
Currently Chair of Integrated Media and Experimental Animation, and Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto, Canadá.
Recent projects include a textile work at TextielLab (NL), and expanded animation installations at Atelier Circulaire (Montreal), Open Studio, TAIS, Ontario Place (Toronto), and Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury).
Sinan Mansions (Shanghai); Festival Chromatic (Paris); Centro de Artes de Guanajuato, San Pedro Museo de Arte in Puebla, the National Museum of Print in Mexico City (Mexico); Glendon Gallery (Toronto), Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge ON), and ARPRIM (Montreal), all work featuring screen-printed imagery animated by computer-controlled coloured lighting.
On Wednesday, December 18th, at the last aceNITE of the year, Philippe Blanchard presented Hopscotch, a project that uses screenprints to animate them from numerous photographs in exterior and interior spaces, and then he used them create a stop-motion.
Artists in Dialogue
The formal opening of artists in residence DOROTHY YOON (South Korea) and PHILIPPE BLANCHARD (Canada) took place on the last ´aceNITE of 2019. As a closing event for the year 2019, we received an important audience composed mostly by artists, curators, writers and public.
At our house´s entrance hall, there was a work by Blanchard that consisted of a stop-motion film made from a large series of screen-printings during his residency at ´ace. In the Poliglota room, Yoon´s installation and video projection titled “The eye of Borges” took us into the writer imagination and Yoon’s fantasy. Finally, Mariana Rodriguez Iglesias, as a guest curator, selected the work of an Argentine artist called Cecilia Soldano that was exhibited in the Transversal Space.
The three artists who presented their works in the last event of 2019 have something in common: fantasy. Dorothy Mi Yeon Yoon sublimates elements of her life and experiences lived through magic and mysticism; Philippe Blanchard plays with the appearance of geometric shapes in time and space as if a spell gave brought them to life; Cecilia Soldano manipulates, and at the same time represents, elements of the earth in a manner close to alchemy. The three exhibitions together made an interesting reflection about how to create fantasy in a conscious manner.