Amélie Laurence Fortin, SUNBURST (video stills), 2020. Courtesy the artist.
Amélie Laurence Fortin’s exhibition SUNBURST at Künstlerhaus Bethanien is the result of a months-long experiment with solar energy. Durign this time, using nothing but a length of red foil and objects, she could find in the kitchen, the artist staged a solitary performance, playing with the beams of light that entered through a skylight into the attic room of an undisclosed apartment—eventually returning with a camera to produce the video piece displayed in SUNBURST.
Alongside this work, Fortin has also produced a kinetic object, which is based, like many of her recent sculptural works are, on nature shapes. Made from stainless steel and spot lit using colored foil, the sculpture revolves at a “hypnotic” pace in a non-linear fashion, its movement led from data from forecast reports of solar and geophysical activity. Seen together, this new body of work represents Fortin’s continuation of a “cycle” of work about the sun, in particular, solar storms and other natural phenomena.
Amélie Laurence Fortin *1980 in Canada, is currently based in Berlin. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions, and art fairs throughout North America and Europe and is in the public collection of a number of prominent museums around the world. She is also the artistic director of Regart, an artist-run center dedicated to contemporary art in Lévis, Canada. Amélie Laurence Fortin is a grantee of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec and the Québec Government Office in Berlin. The exhibition is kindly supported by WERKTANK, Les Productions Recto-Verso and Canada Art Council.
Photo: Amélie Laurence Fortin