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Juan Ortiz-Apuy, La Guaria Morada, 2016. Humidificateur industriel, déshumidificateurs,
peinture Skylla, orchidées Guaria Morada (aka la fleur nationale du Costa Rica), éclairage et système de chauffage, dimensions variables | Industrial mist humidifier, dehumidifiers, Skylla paint, Guaria Morada Orchids (aka the national flower of Costa Rica), lighting and heating systems, variable size.
Crédit | Credit: Paul Litherland.


Juan Ortiz-Apuy
From January 19th 2019 to March 16th 2019
La Guaria Morada

Opening, Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 3PM to 6PM
Saturday with the Family: January 26 and March 16, 2019.
“Ortiz-Apuy’s installation is certainly a gesture to the invisible forms of labour and care that drive artist-run spaces: moving like cycles of evaporated water, infinitely extracted and re-released in the air.” Sanader, Daniella. “Room Temperature.” Canadian Art, Fall 2018, p. 144-145.

In La Guaria Morada, tropical orchids, an industrial humidifier, dehumidifiers and sky-blue paint are assembled to form an artificial environment in a perpetual state of negotiation and precarity. Dependent on the gallery’s lighting, heating system and staff to sustain them, the orchids parallel not only the art object—maintained via mechanisms that aim to foster and nourish artistic practice—but artist-run centres as well, equally requiring perpetual effort and negotiation in order to survive.

Like a Sisyphean trope of absurdity and repetition, the installation functions as a metaphor for situations caught in similarly uncertain conditions. Centred around the national flower of Costa Rica, Juan Ortiz-Apuy regards this work as an homage to his country of origin. La Guaria Morada is a fragile ecosystem. Like Costa Rica, and more generally the developing countries of the region, the orchids are caught in the push and pull of forces in a cyclical struggle to develop. The humidifier and the dehumidifiers are literally those forces pushing and impeding the orchids in their efforts to bloom, forces that are metaphorically as much about economics as they are about foreign influence, corruption, and control.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Launch at OPTICA of the magazine ESPACE art actuel n° 121 (winter 2019)
"Animal Point of View".
(under the direction of Bénédicte Ramade).
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 3PM to 6PM.
Available at OPTICA, 11$

Guided tour by the artist
March 2, 2019 from 8 PM to 10 PM (eng, fr, spa)

PRESS RELEASE (pdf)


REVUE DE PRESSE

DELGADO, Jérôme. «Nature, urbanité et autres lieux à revoir», Le Devoir, January 12, 2019.



Juan Ortiz-Apuy has lived and worked in Montreal since 2003. He hold a BFA from Concordia University (2008), a Post-Graduate Diploma from The Glasgow School of Art (2009), and an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2011).
His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally in venues such as les Abattoirs Museum - Frac Occitanie Toulouse (France), IKEA Museum (Sweden), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), Owens Art Gallery (Sackville), Truck Contemporary Art (Calgary), Museum London (London), Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto), The MacLaren Arts Centre (Barrie), and the Quebec City Biennial: Manif d'art 7 (Quebec).