Linda-Marlena Bucholtz Ross photos for sale
The work of this Montreal artist focuses on the now completed monumental construction of the MUHC that has become one of Quebec’s 21st Century urban icons. Other transformative structures, such as Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal and Habitat ’67 gave important iconic meaning to this city, setting it on the world stage in urban architecture.
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Linda-Marlena creates a visual narrative of the changing landscape of this grand teaching hospital. We see industrial sized works-in-progress with a hidden aesthetic; an ephemeral beauty revealed before it disappears. The photographer exalts in the beauty of chaos, creating complex images as the MUHC takes shape. She inspires us to look at the construction site through a different lens, recognizing that each site has its own temporal agenda.
As the physician looks to the internal workings of the human body, Linda-Marlena looks beneath the skin of the architectural structure to reveal a hidden urban landscape rarely acknowledged by passers-by. This is generally off-limits and completely out-of-bounds for the viewer. The artist creates an appreciation for an impromptu aesthetic within a construction site, catching a slice of time before it is altered. These underpinnings below the surface, like armature to sculpture, map the change and evolution that transforms the city.
The transformation of this monumental structure creates spontaneous ruins and emerging sculpture, revealing a rich urban tapestry so easy to overlook. These skeletal structures are now covered and few will remember or particularly care. Only when a construction project is finished does the MUHC really exist in the mind of the beholder. This is a missed opportunity for the viewer.
These photographs capture the memory and perspective of what went before. The artist presses the viewer to pierce the veneer, to be aware of the unintentional beauty and see the traces under the skin of our city before they disappear.
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Linda-Marlena Bucholtz Ross, is a lens-based visual artist/photographer living in Montreal. She is a recipient of the research and creation award, given by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, (2011-12) and winner of The Concrete Contemporary Prize for Photography, (2011) awarded by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery of Oshawa, Ontario; Women in Photography International 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include La Maison de l’architecture du Québec, La Maison du développement durable, Montreal; La Galerie McClure, Montreal. She has exhibited in the United States, Canada and France.