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The Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Montreal artist André Martin. Martin has exhibited widely in Quebec and France. He has recently opened an exhibition at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris where he participated in the Mois de la Photo. This is his first solo exhibition in Vancouver.
André Martin is both a photographer and novelist. The photographic installation Darlinghurst Heroes includes large-scale photographic diptychs, sculptural elements and text. Based on an award winning novel of the same title and authored by the artist, the exhibition is a poetic interpretation of a trip to Australia to research photography and to visit a doctor who works with people living with AIDS, and with whom the narrator had an affair in Paris. The photographs present enigmatic patterns suggestive of constellations, calligraphy, tattoos, mycosis, or braille. These patterns are in fact displaced sand from burrows made by beach crabs as part of a mating ritual which results in their death. Combined with text in the form of excerpts from a letter and crumpled pages from the novel, this installation explores the ways that desire and vulnerability co-exist, and raises questions regarding the nature of faith.