A QUIET NOOK / UN COIN TRANQUILLE
Originally from Newfoundland, Glenn Gear lives and works in Montreal. A graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, he is currently completing a Master's degree in sculpture at the University.
lt is my hope that the collections of objects and images will reflect my personal feelings of the (queer) narratives that are often woven into the land, and also articulate broader social and cultural issues of territory and collective memory. G.G.
Through his artistic production, Glenn Gear seeks to develop various strategies in order to inscribe his subjectivity within a reflection on the notions of landscape, territory and land. The concept of memory as a representation and cultural object, in relation to the idea of territory, creates, for the artist, a work space conducive to the elaboration of new narratives. Coming from a specific story and place, these narratives with an intimate and playful character circulate inside objects that appeal to desire, memory and imagination. This circulation also proposes a reflection on certain collective questions relating to sexual identity and culture. Stepping into the exhibition leads us to evolve alongside objects and images that co-exist as strange winks to territory and identity, charged with both humour and nostalgia. Some of the objects are sections of landscape constructed in the manner of scale models, others take on the appearance of travel souvenirs to finally form a set of relationships that lead us not only to rethink our relationship to the land, but also to history and maritime imagery as having homoerotic qualities. The representation of the land of origin, marked by a romantic approach to the territory, turned away by scale plays and by childish, decorative or tasteless aesthetics, allows the artist to materialize his interest in the blending of reality and fantasy, of lived bodily experience and imagination.
Translated from a text by ANNIE POULIN