josé luis torres | géographie informelle

18 sep > 16 oct 09

opening reception friday 18 sep at 5pm
exhibition 18 sep au 16 oct 2009
hours of operation tuesday to saturday noon to 5pm
174 elgin street, sudbury

an informal spatial
reconfiguration traces the
irregular contours of a
spontaneous landscape

In his “informal geography” project, José Luis Torres provides us with a glimpse into his nomadic experience. Growing up in Argentina, Torres was already alternating between two quite distinct spaces: his family life in a rural setting and his student life in an urban setting. Later, as a young immigrant to Canada, he often travelled due to his research, his touring exhibitions and his trips back to his native country.

Relating to another culture, finding ways to associate with it, building a space inside another space… such preoccupations are at the heart of this artist’s work. His creations stand somewhere in between the formal landscapes of urban architecture and the precarious, informal spaces of shanty towns.

In Sudbury, the GNO will serve as the formal space that harbours the artist’s informal landscape. Upon entering the gallery, the spectator will proceed from the peripheral space to the work’s central space, from the outside to the inside of the artist’s landscape.

“This work provides imagination with a refuge, a welcoming land.”
– José Luis Torres 

José Luis Torres studied in Cordoba, Argentina, where he obtained his B.A. at the School of Fine Arts and did graduate studies in sculpture and drawing at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, followed by courses in landscape architecture at the National University of Architecture. His works have been showcased in exhibitions, residencies and symposiums in South America, North America and Europe.