Beacon is a site-specific drawing on the articule gallery windows that becomes automatically lit from within at sundown. The resulting nocturnal effect is a drawing made of light. The lines are based on organic flows of energy, the blueprints of nature. This is meant as an antidote to our long and dark winter nights.
Light is an obvious symbol of life, hope and celebration. But beyond being a powerful metaphor, light as a thing in itself is utterly fascinating. Light travels like radio waves; infinitely outward from its source, transmitting energy and information. By transforming the articule window into a giant lightbox, it becomes a visual broadcasting station to the neighbourhood.
Beacon is the fourth installment in the EPHEMERA series in which the artist explores the intersection of light and drawing.
Nadine Faraj studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montreal's Concordia University in 2002. She has taught art at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts and apprenticed with the renowned artist Y. Chaki. In 2008, she attended the invitational Dubai Art Symposium. Since 2007 Faraj has been the Director of the Senvest collection of New Canadian Art. In 2009, her first public art installation Dessins Éphémères sparked the ongoing À LOUER project administered by UMA, La Maison de l'image et de la photographie.
Participating Artists: Nadine Faraj
Credits: Support of the Ephemera project : UMA, La Maison de l'image et de la photographie