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Evening in the Living Room, Ottawa

Leslie Hossack
  • $750

Pigment ink on cotton paper 
15 x 20 in. / 38.1 x 50.8 cm 
Edition of 3 (+ artist proof)

"My intention is to fashion images that reveal what I believe the architects originally designed. I feel compelled to take historic buildings back to a specific moment in time - to set the stage for the protagonist to enter. In post-production, I remove people as well as the chaos and clutter of contemporary life. My process is subtractive. I compose the scene within the frame of the camera; I remove unwanted elements in post-production; and finally, I may crop the image. Hammershøi was very aware of the photographic process. As a painter, he would start by composing the scene within the frame of his canvas, and then he would paint in the elements that he wanted to appear in the work. His process was additive. He did not need to remove people and clutter after the fact. However, he often cropped the finished piece by wrapping part of the painted canvas around the back of the frame, hiding elements he wished to eliminate.
"Inspired by Vilhelm Hammershøi’s artistic process, aesthetic and motifs, I photographed the interior of our home in Ottawa. Recreating the intimacy, silence and light found in his interiors, came naturally to me. However, before photographing my home, I made a set of guidelines, based on Hammershøi’s interiors. “Work from a seated position. Include little of the ceiling, more of the floor. Set the stage. Arrange the furniture. Position chairs flat against the wall. Select/place props. Feature objects you already own and enjoy. Use the same tables/chairs/dishes/books repeatedly. Rearrange paintings hanging on the wall. (I used framed pieces of my own work in each composition.) Consider every door: open/closed, with/without hardware. Determine whether movement in the picture will be through an open passage or blocked. Treat the sunlight on the wall/floor as the main character in the room.” "
- L. Hossack
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