The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies

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Dream House - Philippe Blanchard


Dream House
Philippe Blanchard
Expanded animation installation: Metal frame, machine-knit textiles, strobe lights – loop (20:00), 2016
Tufting and Music by Brett Zadravetz
Knitting by Corey Moranis


Inspired by the informal architecture of Mexico City market stalls, Dream House consists of machine-knit and tufted hand dyed cotton yarn, stretched on metal structures. Blanchard reiterates his use of computer-controlled light and pigment to generate the illusion of movement in expanded animation installations. Playing with the chromatic building blocks of computer graphics—red, green and blue—this piece uses MIDI data to establish the “in-betweens” interpolating between these primary colour “keyframes”, the cycle generating a sense of motion in depth as layers of coloured yarn are hidden and revealed in turn.


Philippe Blanchard is a Toronto-based artist, animator and teacher. His diverse creative background (film production, digital visual effects, studio arts) has informed an interdisciplinary practice combining animation, installation, light shows, drawing, painting and printmaking. His recent projects include pieces for in/Future (Ontario Place, Toronto), TAIS (Toronto), National Museum of Print (MUNAE, Mexico City), Chromatic Festival Paris and the Power Plant. He has recently had solo shows at Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury), Open Studio (Toronto), Arprim (Montreal), Glendon Gallery, Cambridge Galleries and InterAccess (Toronto), all featuring expanded animation installations. Blanchard’s animation work has been shown at Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), Pop Montreal Festival, Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), The Kitchen (New York), RISD (Providence RI), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC), LACMA (Los Angeles), San Francisco Art Institute, Cal Arts (Valencia, CA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Impakt Festival (Utrecht NL), Center for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Ottawa Art Gallery, InterAccess, Angell Gallery and AGYU. 


Philippe Blanchard would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting the development of the work presented in The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies exhibition.




The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies

November 10, 2016 – December 16, 2016

Featuring new works by:

Becka Barker
Leslie Bell
Marten Berkman
Philippe Blanchard
Stephen Broomer
Sabrina Ratté
Nicolas Sassoon

Curated by Madi Piller, with an essay by Clint Enns

Presented with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Initiatives


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