A Gathering of Shifts

running time: 5 triptychs of 5:21 ea.
edition of 5 + 2 AP each
HD / Color / 16:9 Widescreen / Stereo

from Station Independent's Press Release

Pierre St-Jacques video work explores transcendent moments in everyday life and the expressed gestures that connect us. As these ordinary yet extraordinary moments transpire, a small door opens into a large new world that lets us glimpse what it means to be human.

St-Jacques' current series of five video works, A Gathering of Shifts, investigates how a series of small gestures, like a dance between individuals, can lead one astray or bring people together. Subject to an invisible slope that gives the characters motion and intention, some of these characters are in full control of their environment, while others have let the sway and momentum consume them and have lost control. St-Jacques' selection of gestures and themes come from past work where, often accidentally, the intentions of the characters would be hinted at, but not explored in depth.

These new works mark a departure for the artist and are more experimental, abstract and explorative. St-Jacques states: "I've found that there is no forcing what the piece will eventually become. What started as a concept then gets changed and altered by the process of making." In many ways the theme explored in this series of five works is also present in the making of the work.

Olga Alexandrovskaya, samantha Barnard, Ali Boulemdarat, Jolynn Carpenter, Nikki Casseri, Juan Carlos Diaz, Michael Donaldson, Alenka Kraigher, Caitlin McInerney, Matthew Napoli, Adriana Romanov, Maximillien St-Jacques, Murat Yesilova.

Production Coordinator: Corey Williams
Stylist: Jenni Shaw
Choreography: Karen Graham
Original Score: AerialCreatures

Exhibition History:
  • Group Show #1, Artscape Wychwood Art Barns, Toronto.
  • ISE NY Art Search 2013, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York City.
  • A Gathering of Shifts, Station Independent Projects, New York City.