Illusory Constructs

Jonathan Luckhurst, Canada (2015)


Title: Illusory Constructs
Artist: Jonathan Luckhurst (b. 1979, Canada)
Medium: Three pigment prints on Honen paper, mounted on salvaged Douglas fir panels; steel rail ties
Dimensions (H x W x D): 175 x 127 x 3 cm (69 x 50 x 1.25 in);  133 x 175 x 3 cm (52.5 x 69 x 1.25 in);  175 x 117 x 3 cm (69 x 46 x 1.25 in)
Weight: Unavailable
Location: Panorama Trail at the Sea to Sky Gondola in the District of Squamish (A temporary installation from July to October 2015)

Inspired by the Vancouver Biennale’s 2014 – 2016 exhibition theme Open Borders/Crossroads Vancouver, Luckhurst pushed personal and societal boundaries through the use of projection and photography. During the Biennale’s 2015 international residency program, Luckhurst provoked engagement and discussion by inserting three large-scale constructed interventions into nature, while reflecting on the split between urban and natural environments and the resulting ecological crossroads that confront us. Working with blocks and cubes and the mediums of photography and projection, Luckhurst brought his own constructions and arrangements of these forms into both urban and natural environments. The artist saw these repeating cubic structures as analogous to a particular kind of utilitarian, human-made environment.


“We depend upon the natural environment but at the same time we exploit it. This paradox is the central motivation for my work.” – Jonathan Luckhurst


This project was supported by Alberta Foundation of the Arts.

Special thanks to the following:  British Columbia Timberframe Co, David Crewson, District of Squamish, Fraserwood, Masahiko Masuda Woodwork Studio, Quest University, Sea to Sky Gondola, and Squamish Academy of Music.


Guest Blog

Read a guest blog post from Jonathan where he discusses his residency project and the influences that inspired him to create it.

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