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Human Constructions: Photography by Julie Lévesque-René

A photographic diptych of an old man in his homeSolitaire, numbered print

Our featured artist for today is Julie Lévesque-René. Julie is an artist and photographer from Montreal, focusing on human constructions, movements and the passage of time. She expresses these concepts primarily through photography and printmaking.


A photographic diptych of an overgrown empty lotTerre Boileau (diptych), numbered prints on semi-gloss paper

A screen capture of Julie Levesque-Rene's art websiteThe front page of Julie's website

Much of Julie’s photographic work is focused on how time effects buildings and cities, whether it’s through the decay of individual spaces, or growth of urban centres as people migrate across the landscape. I’m quite fond of Julie’s photographic presentation, particularly her use of diptychs, where two different but similar photos show the progression of change. The subject matter of her photography is often empty, over-grown lots, and construction sites. Those sites that are pictured as barren, snow-covered hills in the winter are especially inviting, as they express a certain icy appeal.


Julie also experiments with portraits – unlike the polished model photography of other artists, Julie focuses on capturing candid moments and personalities. 


A collection of paper plates with drawings and seriagraph prints on themPorcelain Actuelle, drawing, seriagraphs and acrylic varnish on paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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