Daniel Corbeil

From re-created artifacts of travel and technology, Canadian artist Daniel Corbeil constructs fictional narratives about the paradigm shifts that accompany progress. In 1990 he suspended a full-scale model of a kayak—animal skins stretched over its wooden frame, the whole varnished with tar—in midair above a bed of smooth stones; it was accompanied by an archival photograph of two kayaks beached on a rocky northern shoreline. In another project, a full-scale aluminum-and-wood model of a small plane was carried out into the bush, where it became a prop in a series of photographs of a staged crash. Corbeil has also shown photos of his replica of a mine site in northern Quebec (his home region, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, is a rugged area of resource industries, native communities, and pristine forest) made to scale out of industrial detritus.

In the installation on view here, Balénoptère: simulacre

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