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Loly Darcel
From April 23rd 2004 to May 29th 2004
Trait d'union, du fleuve à la rivière

There is neither past nor future, only a succession of presents, a path endlessly destroyed and continued, in which we all advance.
- Le Temps ce grand sculpteur, Marguerite Yourcenar

I walked the island of Montreal from one river bank to the other, as if hyphenating the two, capturing the inner traversal on video, and the time it took through the continuous journey. Melded with the movement of the city, of passersby, trying to synchronize body, mind, and breath.

Then, without moving, I observed and captured the island's exterior.

In the gallery, and in as much as I physically can, I attempt to re-do the duration of the traversal time while walking on the spot,accompanied by two video projections.

I make time, and/or I am all the times shown here.

Loly Darcel's work is articulated around the constitution of the visible, of time, of the dramatization of the body, in which endurance and fragility establish tensions and oppositions in the investigation of the real through an inner and outer play of representations of thought and knowledge.The significance of her work is manifest in invested city spaces, and in actions undertaken with people met in experiences of the unknown and of the present moment. Modes of expression she favours include video and photo installations, actions, performances, and artist's books. Her production testifies to an interest in in situ art and often tends to mesh with the social and urban fabric; "le blanc des yeux", 2003, Le Lobe, Chicoutimi, "les vagues", 2003, Lorient (France), "lifesavers", 2001, Hôpital, Articule, Montréal, "La chimie des corps", 2003, Centre Vu, Québec, "changement d'aire" , 2000, Lièges (Belgium), "petite histoire, naturelle, fragile bis", 1999, Lorient (France), "boulevard de l'effacé", 1997, Montreal. Also, many of her pieces are permanent works of public art in Quebec.