Champs magnétiques no.3 by Denis Farley
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From the series "Cosmologies"
Archival inkjet print
Signed, au verso
24 x 19 inch | Edition of 5 (#1/5)
36 x 28 inch | Edition of 5 (#1/5)
Denis Farley lives and works as a professional artist and photographer in Montreal. He completed a Master’s degree in fine arts at Concordia University in 1984. His work is exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe. Farley is part of several private and public collections including those of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Photography in Charleroi and the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain in Paris.
For over thirty years, Denis Farley has been working on several bodies of mostly photographic and mixed media works. His eclectic yet coherent approach intermixes elements of nature with concepts of measurement, observation, surveillance, and most recently with data transmission. In a recent monograph with an essay by Vincent Lavoie (2018), it becomes clear that Farley is using different photographic techniques, ranging from using a tent camera obscura to remote controlled self-portraits, or composite images in order to convey his vision. One that is intrinsically tied to our dependence and fascination both to observation of nature and technology.
Cosmologies – Denis FarleyThe recent works in the series "Research and Development (R&D)", "Satellites", and "Cosmologies" are created in the studio to simulate an optical and electronic laboratory environment characteristic of those found in research centres. These labs, which are extremely controlled and difficult to access, are the scene of new "inventions" which are shaping our new relationships with the world, with information and with power.
This is an opportunity for me to revisit various means of representation in connection with technology, with economy, and with the reality of companies that share a very strategic market associated with the observation of the planet. For several years now, I have been interested not only in optics and its history, but also in a recurring form: that of the dome. The dome is used here as a receiver of waves and therefore of information and images.
Denis Farley: Tracking the Unseen, by James D. Campbell
Le désir d’immatérialité dans l’oeil de Denis Farley, Le Devoir, March 3, 2018
Denis Farley, Espaces aériens-Photographs Like Clouds, Ciel Variable, Issue 106, Spring 2017