In his first exhibition, Paul Lavoie explores the vast array of populist expression found online with questions on authorship, originality, plagiarism, craft, anonymity, and intimacy.
Lavoie makes connections between disparate thoughts and images. The work meshes expressions that are sometimes laboured, sometimes off the cuff – but all material was created by ordinary people attempting to make a connection with the world.
Random Tweets and images found online were reproduced and assembled by strangers: canvases were painted in a Shanghai factory; the typography was set digitally in Montréal; and the text was stencilled onto canvases in Peterborough. Lavoie met none of these collaborators.Yet, like the online world, the viewer participates in an intimacy that is completely anonymous.