Nicolas Ruel : Inox
Nicolas Ruel
Inox
Emcie, September 30, 2005
Photographers working 150 years ago printed on metal plates. Harking back to these origins, artist Nicolas Ruel has produced an impressive collection of large format prints on stainless steel. His exhibition, entitled Inox, needed a suitable location, and so the new Caisse de Dépôt et Placement (CDP) was selected owing to its 10,000 sq. ft. common space, called the Parquet, enclosed in a spine-like atrium with 125-foot high glass walls and  hardwood floors. The consortium of Gauthier, Daoust Lestage Inc., Faucher Aubertin Brodeur Gauthier, and Les architectes Lemay et associés, designed the CDP with this luminous, beautiful and balanced space, which creates an interior bridge linking the restaurant Toqué! and the Hotel W.

Nicolas Ruel - Montreal, Canada, 2006
Nicolas Ruel - Montreal, Canada, 2006


Nicolas Ruel - Montréal, Canada, 2006
Nicolas Ruel - Montréal, Canada, 2006


Nicolas Ruel - Montreal, Canada, 2005
Nicolas Ruel - Montreal, Canada, 2005


Nicolas Ruel - Moscow, Russia, 2000
Nicolas Ruel - Moscow, Russia, 2000


To date Nicolas Ruel is one of the few artists who has been invited to exhibit in this space. The show will display some forty of his prints, suspended high in the passageway, floating in space. These works capturing images and moments  from around the world, lend themselves perfectly to their surrounding space. The colour photographs give off the effect of painted canvasses, while the black and white images possess a shimmering and iridescent effect as if bathed in natural light. The stainless steel appears to restore the original lighting. As well, there will be a metal cube installation within which abstract images of movement will be projected on stainless steel surfaces.

Nicolas Ruel - Moscow, Russia, 2000
Nicolas Ruel - Moscow, Russia, 2000


Nicolas Ruel - Venice, Italia, 2003
Nicolas Ruel - Venice, Italia, 2003


Nicolas Ruel - Chicago, USA, 2005
Nicolas Ruel - Chicago, USA, 2005


Nicolas Ruel - Angkor, Cambodia, 2005
Nicolas Ruel - Angkor, Cambodia, 2005


Nicolas Ruel - Angkor, Cambodia, 2005
Nicolas Ruel - Angkor, Cambodia, 2005


Taken together, Inox’s images of Cambodia, Bali, Moscow and Prague, become an ode to creation and humanity. The subjects are mesmerizing but not disturbing. The architectural photos avoid postcard cliché, and are secretive, revealing selected elements of the structure. Departing from the urbane, these stainless steel plates celebrate the minimalism the photographer achieves with the play of light and movement of the camera.

Nicolas Ruel - Montreal, Canada, 2006
Nicolas Ruel - Montreal, Canada, 2006


Nicolas Ruel - New York, USA, 2005
Nicolas Ruel - New York, USA, 2005


Nicolas Ruel - Venice, Italia, 2003
Nicolas Ruel - Venice, Italia, 2003


This Canadian premiere, a unique exhibition and look at Nicolas Ruel’s work, lasts just seven days (October 1-7, 2005). So little time to see so much before it moves to New York and Splashlight Studio’s North Hall Gallery. A must see.

Nicolas Ruel - Toronto, Canada, 2006
Nicolas Ruel - Toronto, Canada, 2006


Nicolas Ruel - Venice, Italia, 2003
Nicolas Ruel - Venice, Italia, 2003


Nicolas Ruel - Bora Bora, Polynesia, 2000
Nicolas Ruel - Bora Bora, Polynesia, 2000


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