A Meeting of the School Trustees

Robert Harris
A Meeting of the School Trustees (Detail), 1885
oil on canvas
102.2 x 126.5 cm
Purchased 1886
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6)

Nicolas Baier: Pareidolias

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Nicolas Baier: Pareidolias.

Since the early 1990s, Montreal artist Nicolas Baier has been challenging photographic convention with his elaborately constructed digital imagery. This intriguingly titled exhibition features a selection of large photographic works that represent the artist’s most recent production. The word “pareidolia” refers to the practice of ascribing an image, a meaning or a name to phenomena despite the absence of any true correlation; for instance, the game of transforming clouds into other objects. It is a way of looking at things that opens the mind and extends the imagination – with the works in the exhibition, Baier invites us all to play along.

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