Laura St. Pierre
Urban Vernacular : Residency & Billboard Project
Residency: February 19th to 28Th
Opening Reception for Billboard Project: March 1st, @ 7 PM 2013
Urban Vernacular is an ongoing project that imagines a series of cobbled together dwellings located on the fringes of urban spaces. Plastic bags, deli containers, Styrofoam packaging – the detritus of consumer culture – become construction materials, tenuously assembled and decorated by an unseen hand. The sculptural constructions are installed in urban “junkscapes” and photographed. The end result is a large-format, panoramic print that draws on the pictorial and the haptic, the photographic and the sculptural, the hand made and the digital, to reflect an interdisciplinary approach to image making.
St. Pierre’s billboard image presents a unique opportunity to bring her photographic work into public space, where the sculptural constructions originate. The references to advertising, or more specifically real estate advertising, that would result from placing the work in this context will be very engaging. During her residency St. Pierre employed the gallery space as a studio within which she arranged and photographed various urban detritus for the image exhibited on AKA’s billboard.
Laura St. Pierre would also like to express gratitude to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.