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Journal (Dead Man’s Bay)

Jason Paradis


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This painting was created for an exhibition that brought me back to my undergraduate university town, several years after graduation. As a student, one of my professors had made an assignment to complete 100 small paintings by the end of the semester. No one made it to the goal – however, I completed 91 paintings (almost there, just ran out of time...) Out of the 91 paintings, I had 6 left in my possession when asked to have the exhibition. I made "Journal" with the remaining 6 oil paintings surrounded by other surrogate panels where I applied my post-college method of painting. The underlying star map image is the sky above Dead Man's Bay, the area where I painted as an undergrad along the shore of Lake Ontario.

78"H × 124"W × 2.5"D
Mixed Media
Acrylic, spray-paint, and oil on 91 panels (6 from 1994 & 87 from 2012)
Installation instructions provided. Must be installed in order on a grid.


In my art, there is a sense of contemplation or of reverie that speculates on fundamental mysteries – this being the result of a lot of camping under an expansive sky in the northern Canadian wilderness. There, questions emerged regarding the existence of something much larger than the immediate world. I am very interested in a moment where the past, present, and future collide. Modes of my current environment, laced with reflection, memory, and speculation, filter into the development and translation of the work. This disjunction demands a layered approach in both the meaning and implementation of the artwork. The pieces end up feeling like some sort of phenomenon (either natural or supernatural) has occurred, or is occurring. They are at once primitive, timely, and futuristic.

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