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Mitch Mitchell

Exposition

Mitch Mitchell

Berth

07.06 — 29.07 / 2012

© Mitch Mitchell, Berth (détail), 2012.

Vernissage 7 June 2012 – 17h

Berth

Mitch Mitchell’s prints and in situ installations present series of staged images of manipulated landscapes that evoke the extent of the constraints imposed on different environments by major construction projects. Without any visible reference to human habitation, they have the poetic and haunting appearance of the transformation process of industrial abandonment.

The artist’s recent works are marked by a deliberate change of scale, which provides the observer with a moment of disorientation and physical separation from space. Mitchell associates this feeling with some research trips during which he visited large construction sites, where the differences in scale between the territory in the distance and the body seem almost senseless and unreal. Without a familiar reference point, it is impossible to differentiate between large and small, micro and macro, masses and empty spaces. This loss of scale leads the observer to situate the imagination somewhere between an illusory landscape and the topography of a more intimate plane, both of which ultimately exist in a domain of the unknown.

For BERTH (berth), its new print-based facility, Mitch Mitchell has created an elaborate visual construction that reflects the industry’s global requirement for perpetual commerce, material distribution and waste generation. BERTH, made of thousands of hand-printed, folded and stacked miniature containers, suggests a correspondence between this mass of transport containers and the stone mountains of a quarry. The claustrophobic and playful relationship revealed by this two-part conversation becomes a poetic metaphor for mass production and the priority of needs and desires on a global scale, and for the link between these issues and those of population density, territorial development and the widespread exhaustion of raw materials.
Link to the page of the peripheral activity of the Berth exhibition.

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Crédit photo : Jocelyn Riendeau

Biography

An interdisciplinary artist specializing in printing art, Mitch Mitchell was born in the prairies of the Midwestern United States, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University before receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Alberta. His studio practice ranges from 2D prints and photographs to 3D installations based on prints. His series of works offer an emotional and sublime interpretation of the landscape in its relationship to the body, as the movements and transformations imposed on the territory by the mental strategy of development unfold. Mitchell, whose work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, has also been chosen to represent Canada at the Douro Engraving Biennale in Portugal (2010 and 2012) and the Contemporary Canadian Engraving Exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Chongqing, China. His works, which have won him numerous national and international awards, are part of museum and private collections, including those of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Alberta Museum of Fine Arts.

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Useful links :
www.mitchmitchellart.com