Collage, Booth 922
Hugo Cantin is a Montreal-based artist, designer and film collector. Cantin creates linear-patterned collages using vintage film stock, which he illuminates in light boxes. His work achieves a keen, sophisticated aesthetic from a design standpoint, even as Cantin weaves highly intuitive historical narrations into his splicing of found film. Inspired by the psychedelic and by mid-century figures and movements, Cantin effects dream-like meditations on some of the twentieth century's most captivating and iconic images, enticing the viewer with the pleasurable sensations of the "hypnotic" and "vanishing ephemera". Although his light boxes distinguish themselves as decorative objects of taste and style, it is Cantin's sensitive, finely-tuned rendering of time on a flat surface which lend his works their luminosity and depth.