Marie Lannoo, Artificial Aurora, 2017
Billboard by Marie Lannoo
Activated by wind and sun and dependent upon the cycle of light throughout the day, with its multiple curves over the 50 foot expanse, Artificial Aurora reflects the colours of the spectrum onto the white billboard. Colours spill into the space above and below the curves and are highlighted on the material itself. In the absence of sunlight, shadows create an undulating contour drawing of the shape. The structural material used to create the curves interacts with light and wind to allow the curves to shift and undulate imitating the dancing lights of the aurora in an urban setting.
Raised in Delhi Ontario, Marie Lannoo has lived in Saskatchewan since 1975. She studied at York University, University of Saskatchewan and the Banff School of Fine Arts and attended several Emma Lake artists’ workshops. She has exhibited in Canada and abroad. Selected exhibitions include Hong Kong Arts Centre, Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa ON, the Lightbox, NYC, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie ON, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Edmonton Art Gallery. Selected public collections include Canada Council Art Bank, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Remai Modern, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada House, London, UK and the Canadian Embassy, Hong Kong. Selected corporate collections include Holt Renfrew, Bank of Montreal, New York, St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, Four Seasons, Dubai and Shangri La Hotel, Doha, Qatar. Her work is represented in private collections in Canada, the US, Britain, Asia and the Middle East. Lannoo’s work is included in Abstract Painting in Canada by Roald Nasgaard and in New Acrylic Essentials Sourcebook by Rheni Tauchid. In 2010, Lannoo opened 330 Avenue G South, a studio space for artists and in 2012, she opened 330g, an independent exhibition space in the Riversdale neighborhood of Saskatoon.