© Eve K. Tremblay

Operation laser, 2005
C-print, 40 x 50 inches

Eve K. Tremblay
Tales Without Grounds

Buia Gallery is pleased to present "Tales Without Grounds", the debut New York solo exhibition of photo-based Canadian artist, Eve K. Tremblay. "Tales Without Grounds" presents a series of photographs exploring the psychological realm revolving around a cast of characters in a hydroponic lettuce cultivation complex. Uncanny, and slightly disturbed, Tremblay's work accesses techniques of literature and film to develop an elusive semi-narrative.

Eve K. Tremblay's "Mémoire anticipée d'une jeune fille derangee" (2004) (the anticipated memoirs of a deranged girl) plays off of Simone de Beauvoir's "Mémoire d'une jeune fille rangee" (the memoirs of a dutiful daughter). Her corruption of the title elucidates the twist that takes place in the image. Why, for instance, does the girl cover her face - and why with lettuce? Why does the girl hold the lettuce in such a way? Like many of her works, Tremblay's "Mémoire anticipée d'une jeune fille derangee" takes place in a hyper reality where physical and psychological worlds coincide and the objects in the image potentially function as extensions or doubles of the subjects. In this case, for example, the girl perhaps echoes metaphorically the lettuce? Or, as per the thinking of D.W. Winnicott, does the lettuce and this made up world of exploration function as an intermediary land of play concocted by the girl to negotiate, learn, and come to terms with the adult or "real" world?

"Tales Without Grounds" continues the examination of Tremblay's multilayered images. Sometimes they are close-ups with one figure. At other points, the lens pulls back and a landscape, sometimes with multiple figures, unfolds. A passage of time is evident even while the chronology is impossible to unfold; and the viewer, understanding a cast of characters in staged scenes, becomes wrapped in a Brechtian psychological world - ever considering the links between the works and actively assembling in his or her head the possible essence at hand.

Eve K. Tremblay received her BFA in photography from the Université Concordia, Montreal in 2000. Recently, she participated in "Canada Dreaming", curated by Justin Hoffman, in Wolfsburg and "Faking Death", curated by Penny Cousineau-Levine, at Jack Shainman Gallery. Tremblay will have five solos shows this year at spaces in Quebec, Strasbourg, New York, and Berlin. Last fall, she had a solo show at White Space in Zurich. Recent grants and residencies include a CEAAC Artist Residency in Strasbourg, a cultural immersion grant from the Goethe Institut of Berlin, and a CALQ grant artist residency in Basel.

Tremblay has participated in two past group exhibitions at BUIA and has exhibited widely internationally. Recently, she was a featured artist in "Image and inscription, an anthology of Contemporary Canadian Photography" published by Gallery 44 and YYZ of Toronto. Her own monograph, "Tales Without Grounds", was released in January.

Exhibition: March 25 - April 22, 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10 am - 6 pm or by appointment

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