Pascal Grandmaison: I Lost You in the Desert
This minimal yet contemplative exhibition consists of 12 pieces of dark rock from Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame, two islands that float in the beautiful St. Lawrence river running through Montreal, Quebec. What makes this exhibition particularly engaging is how each piece challenges our traditional ideas of natural light and shadow. Canadian artist Pascal Grandmaison paints one side of each rock in varying shades of black, creating an optical illusion of the sun hitting the pieces as if they were outdoors. He visually creates shadows where there are none. This mysterious illusion is maintained by the placement of the rocks in a very specific order which creates an indoor geographical landscape of sorts, complete with peaks, valleys and ranges.