Cate McGuire is a Toronto based artist with an extensive and varied background in art and design; having graduated with both a bachelor of fine arts degree from Concordia in 1989, and a post-graduate degree of architecture in 1995 from UBC.
McGuire uses her own photography, found images, paint, and bits of paper to piece together images that create an architecture that is a stand in for the built world we live in. The goal is to skew places to make us remember, or cause us to notice what we may take for granted about how we choose to live and what we build.
The ‘widescreen’ images are architectural spaces but they are really places. All of the collage pieces come from disparate sources but the goal is to put them all together to make something that feels like a particular place and time. The black frames are reminiscent of a movie formatted for television. The screen provides a layer of distance from the image, so that you have the illusion that you are looking into them.
Space and time are inextricably woven. A two-dimensional work exists on a flat surface, but the picture plane can be manipulated in many ways. Perspective can be thought of as a set of ideas rather than a given rule. What we accept as “real” perspective is actually just one expression of it. In these pictures, altered perspective and shifts in the picture plane are constructed to show more of the picture than you would see using conventional perspective, to show a shift in time or point of view or both.
Maybe it is a kind of nostalgia, but the fragments of the printed magazines that compose much of these images, position you in time because of the way they have been printed. Older magazines have a particular colour quality and a slight blurring. The newer glossier bits have an intense perfection. In the end it became intrinsic to the project to make the images entirely out of printed magazine pieces. That they are composed of parts makes spaces that are fractured, but because they are made up of photos, they have a reality to them that makes them believable and cohesive in their own right.
//THE ANNUAL// is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual independent contemporary art event, offering an open and fertile ground for engaging and emerging practices. Over the course of four days, //THE ANNUAL// brings together artists, curators, and collectives to present new work and site-specific installations.