Galerie Trois Points, Montreal, Canada
November 21 – December 19, 2015
“Galerie Trois Points is pleased to present Reconstitution, the fist solo exhibition in the gallery by John Boyle-Singfield The young Montreal-based artist offers us a new video work that continues to reflect on issues of ownership and authenticity, thwarting mediation strategies oriented towards the novelty of the works.
Reconstitution intents to represent the mass-media appropriation of bare life done by big companies, and also issues a statement on the ontology and distribution of today’s cultural production. As a perfect example of the migration of the aura, the poor jpeg has rapidly transformed into a slick and effective element of semiocapitalism, thus raising questions on authority, legality and institutionnal power. This work aims to address the consequences of the paradigm shift that happened when the internet stopped being a possibility.
Through the democratization of technology and the ease at which we can all photograph and film the same sites and points of interest, is there today a genuine and authentic original work? By comparing the stills of the movie Baraka to those discovered on websites such as Gettyimages and iStockphoto holding an image bank coming from various authors and sources, Boyle-Singfields research unfolds around the notion of authenticity and ownership in a society in which effects of technology and late capitalism have been absorbed into our body and have altered our vision of the world.”