title : headlines
year : 2017
presented by : ellephant (january 2017)

the “headline” series, painting and newspapers, acts as a reflection of where we have been. a reminder of our recent past that is now covered over with the “new” news.

i can never cover it all. there is too much going on that should be, that deserves to be, chronicled: the conflict in gaza, the plane shot down over ukraine, the ferry sinking in korea, the murder of tina fontaine in canada, the 42 missing students in mexico – and on and on. i am always behind, playing catch-up to a world on the move… and yet, i insist on the slow and labour intensive methodology of applying acrylic to linen using the grid as organizing schematic.

(click on images to enlarge – all photos by guy l’heureux)
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title: le devoir, 8 janvier 2015, ils étaient charlie
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 30 x 30 cm.

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title: le devoir, 31 decembre 2014, pollution : 400
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 30 x 30 cm.

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title: le new york times november 27 2014, after disputed verdict
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 46 x 46 cm.

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title: le devoir, 23 octobre 2014, pétrole sur le
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 46 x 46 cm.

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title: the toronto star, october 23 2014, under siege terror
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 46 x 46 cm.

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title: the national post, october 22 2014, soldier slaying in
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 46 x 46 cm.

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title: le devoir, 13 avril 2014, “nous ne reculerons
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 30 x 30 cm.

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title: le devoir, 22 mai 2014, mines d’uranium
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 46 x 46 cm.
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title: le devoir, 22 juillet 2014, snc lavalin
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 30 x 30 cm

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title: the sunday star, august 24 2014, trudeau slams pm
medium : acrylic on unprimed linen
size: 46 x 46 cm.

i am addicted to news.
first thing in the morning i open my laptop and surf the sites of le devoir, le monde, and the guardian. then i go to the new york times. i scan the headlines, click on stories, look for updates, read. after my morning fix of coffee i head out to the studio stopping to buy a newspaper from the local corner newsstand. once at my studio i turn on cbc radio one. the news is my constant daily companion.

the newspaper i bought at the newsstand serves as the source for the headline i will map onto a grid and transcribe using acrylic paint (black, red, blue and yellow, straight from the jars,) onto unprimed linen. there is something satisfying about a newspaper held in the hand, the act of smoothing the paper out flat, the turning of the pages. these hardcopy newspapers are kept, collected, forming an archive of the project.

the cultural weight granted to painting and the object nature of “a thing to be hung on a wall,” alters the “now” nature of news. the project “headlines” fixes a moment in time and insists on this moment, this event, as something of enduring value. the painted headline is first removed from its signifying markers (i.e. date and name of newspaper) and it is the headline alone which requires a deciphering, a reading. however, the title of the works give back the date and name of the newspaper; for example the title of one work is: “the guardian, september 13 2014, uproar in.” the title re-situates the work within a geographical and chronological framework – time is “pinned down” and reflects back to us these tiny moments of our shared passage.

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