Denis Farley

(Quebec, Canada)

Denis Farley

A solo exhibition by Montreal artist Denis Farley transports the spectator through time and space. His Irradiations II is a series of black and white photographs and projected video images. Farley enters the photographic space wearing a red and white checkered suit. In this costume, he haunts the Diefenbunker, once a nuclear shelter for Canadian political leaders and support staff, now Canada’s Cold War museum. The artificial light of the bunker and this strange figure are reflected on the walls, a contradictory effect that suggests the futuristic aspirations and fears of a time long past. Two monumental landscapes escalate the tensions between nature and culture, freedom and ideology.

Denis Farley lives and works in Montreal. He has exhibited his work in Quebec, Canada, Europe, and the United States, and it has been acquired by major institutions, including the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain à Paris, the Musée de Charleroi à Bruxelles, the Musée du Québec in Québec, and the Canadian Museum on Contemporary Photo- graphy in Ottawa. Irradiations fits into an ongoing series of self-portraits in which Farley stimulates the curiosity of the spectator by donning a red and white checkerboard suit that heightens his presence on the landscape.

Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges
5290 Côte-des-Neiges
(514) 872-6889
Denis Farley. Irradiations II
August 31, 2005 – October 2, 2005
Tuesday & Wednesday 1:00-7:00PM, Thursday & Friday 1:00-6:00PM, Saturday & Sunday 1:00-5:00PM
Opening Sunday September 11, 2005 at 3:00pm, Denis Farley will speak at 4:00pm

Denis Farley, from the series Irradiations (2002-5). Courtesy of the artist