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Local artist Raymond Boisjoly, in his current exhibition at the Catriona Jeffries Gallery, presents photographs that run figures from popular culture through the treadmill of contemporary media.

Extracting his source material from Youtube videos, themselves derived from televised musical performances, Boisjoly has mutated these sources through different tools to create monstrous images, which on first encounter can seem to erase the artist’s presence altogether. The images seem to have been let loose through processes of recycling and re-formatting, haunting the technologies containing them. The ghostly presence of figures mediated through technology remind the viewer that sometimes accidents, even annoying computer glitches, can be beautiful.

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The images you will see in the show are derived from performances by the following musicians: Pat& Lolly Vegas (Write Me, Baby, 1965), Buffy Sainte-Marie, (He’s A Keeper Of The Fire,1969) and Sly & the Fam­ily Stone (Thank you, 1970). The videos were played on sim­ple video play­back tech­nol­ogy, then placed on a flatbed scan­ner. The Red-Green-Blue chunks in the resulting images come from the transfer of the videos to the scanner flatbed.

As you peer closer to the images, the influence of technology recedes, with scratches and fingerprints hinting at the artist’s presence and process.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie, (b. 1941, Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian-American Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. Her work has notably focussed on issues concerning indigenous peoples of the Americas. Here’s a tune you won’t hear in the exhibition, although you might recognise glimpses of Buffy from the source material video:

The exhibition is on until 13 April 2013. You can see more exhibition photos here.

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