Art Toronto

at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre, October 25-27 2019

with Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montréal

Back to you (Receptive Series 1) 2019
Polyester matte and transparent films; steel rods; thread; wood frame with plexiglass (sanded front), ambient light and air; 34 x 30 x 6 in 






in situ project and collection of video sketches
projet in-situ et collection de séquences-vidéos


at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montréal, Qc

Immersed in the daily life of the gallery for four weeks I made something that won’t last (nothing lasts) but in the clear understanding that we must keep making things, as a way to focus delicately but with fierce determination on where we are (I am) now.
It’s made slowly, changes continually with changes in daylight and air, is responsive.
The marvel is what’s always, already here, all around us. 

article de Marie-Ève Charron, Le Devoir, 21 avril 2018



see also / en plus :

existing conditions / conditions existantes


existing conditions / conditions existantes

Solo exhibition at Centre d’art Expression, St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, 2017.

“In this room, a skylight, a big door with a sun motif lintel, and a stair apparently not going to or coming from anywhere but the wall and ceiling. Already so much to contemplate, the air trickling or rushing past us, the sun pouring in one day, subdued the next. I’m thinking about this room, its sometimes wildly circulating air, and how we make things move or appear to move by our own passage through this place, changing everything a little just by being here.

At the core of this, existing light and air. Existing light the name for taking photographs without flash or floodlights, a practise I followed at first because I couldn’t afford flash or floodlights, and eventually came to prefer the changeability and mood swings of natural light.

There’s a web of thread that remembers a body’s contours, made while mourning my mom, and a series of ongoing photographs where I try to capture what it is to be with my aging dad, moments translucent with conversation during my brief visits. A wall of interleaving tissue wafts gently when you pass by, sensuously responding to your presence. A cycle of video clips take us back to the observed world where shadows and light project like ongoing movies onto everything, all the time.

And here I am, and here you are. I want to hold us all still for a moment, slow things down a bit. So hard to see what is always here, wherever here is. So hard to pay attention to everyday things that seem like nothing, but are everything.”

Karilee Fuglem, May 12, 2017


Booklet with text by Andrew Forster  (In English and French/ en anglais et français)
Fuglem-Existing Conditions – brochure


by Jérôme Delgado, Le Devoir, Montréal:

by Olivier Dénommée, Le Courrier de Saint-Hyacinthe:




Air de réflexion

Permanent installation at the new Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal, 2017

A network of lines, each the length of outstretched arms, form an entity with its own weight, logic and reflectivity. Its internal structure is a path marked out by Ursa Major and Minor over the course of thousands of years, as they would be glimpsed above us, midwinter night. Waiting in a hospital feels like forever, while out there stars move so slowly compared to us they may as well be eternal. We recognize them wordlessly, call them by names from Greek and Arabic, our many languages bringing us closer than they push us apart. 

Stainless steel. Manufactured slowly by hand with the help of Lalie Douglas and Jo-Anne Balcaen. Thanks also to Louis Dumontier, Ariel Dumontier and their team, and to Lucas Fuglem, Adèle Fuglem and Louis Barrette.


What I see each moment I’ve never seen before

At Pierre-François Ouellette’s Centre Space gallery in Toronto I adapted two installations which have been seen in earlier incarnations in 2015: because something lightens in us at DNA Artspace, London, Ontario, in Patrick Mahon’s A Gust of Wind in October, and Vie étendue (feelers) at the McClure Gallery, Montreal, January (January light, so light). A third installation, Vent, is particular to this place (its title a wave to Patrick’s project last fall). During the two weeks of installation I was in good company, surrounded as Centre Space is by Feheley Fine Arts and its continually changing presence of art by northern artists, notably Shuvinai Ashoona, whose drawings, and collaborative drawings made with Shary Boyle, were on view to mark the launch of their fantastic artist book Universal Cobra.

Four artists helped see this through. Many thanks to Shellie Zhang for installation assistance on site, Lalie Douglas for preparation assistance in Montreal, and Phil Baljeu who built and programmed a dimming light fixture so Vie étendue can be seen in both natural and artificial light. Thanks also to Toni Johannesen, who took time away from her Studio Antico to help Shellie and I with interminable threading of polyester strips.


A Gust of Wind

Group exhibition at DNA Artspace, London, Ontario
October 2015
curated by Patrick Mahon

This group exhibition and panel discussion was organized by artist Patrick Mahon, whose work was presented in the exhibition, along with mine and that of Canadian artists Sean Caulfield (Edmonton, AB); David Merritt (London, ON); Tegan Moore (London, ON); Francine Savard (Montreal, Q.C.), and Norwegian artist, Elida Brenna Linge.
“Through photography, painting, sculpture, print media and video, the artists respond to the wind through a range of visual strategies that remind us of its power and its delicacy. They also show us that we may often know the wind less through our eyes than through its touch and its effects on physical materials.” PM

I spent a few days installing two installations and an intervention, if you want to call them something, although I prefer the titles, which I borrowed from Fernando Pessoa’s Keeper of Sheep poems, written under the heteronym Alberto Caeiro. (see below).

Much gratitude to Randi Aiken for her assistance in London.

i find it so natural not to think that sometimes I start laughing, all by myself*
With the slightest air movement, these things turn slowly and send reflected lines of light in fast spin on surfaces around them.

because something lightens in us**
A drawing composed of strips of transparent and reflective mylar responds to air displaced by someone walking past. Shown here in daylight, and with one halogen light positioned overhead.

Pessoa sources:

from A Keeper of Sheep


I find it so natural not to think
That I sometimes start laughing, all by myself,
About I don’t know quite what, but it has to do
With there being people who think…

What does my wall think about my shadow?
Sometimes I wonder about this until I realize
I’m wondering about things…
And then I feel annoyed and out of sorts with myself,
As if I’d realized my foot was asleep…

What does one thing think about another?
Nothing thinks anything.
Is the earth aware of the stones and plants it contains?
If it were, it would be a person,
And if it were a person, it would have a person’s nature, it wouldn’t be the earth.
But what does all this matter to me?
If I thought about these things,
I would stop seeing the trees and plants
And I would stop seeing the Earth,
Seeing nothing but my thoughts…
I would grow sad and remain in the dark.
The way I am, without thinking, I have the Earth and the Sky.

(from  A Little Larger than the Entire Universe, edited and translated by Richard Zenith)


Those soapbubbles that kid
Amuses himself with by blowing them from a straw
Are transparently a whole philosophy.

Clear, useless and fleeting like Nature,
Friends to the eyes like things,
They are what they are
With a little round airy precision,
And nobody, not even the kid who’s making them,
Pretends they’re more than they appear to be.

Some are hard to see in the clear air.
They’re like a breeze that blows and barely touches the flowers
And we only know it’s blowing
Because something lightens in us
And accepts everything more clearly.

from Alberto Caeiro: Complete Poems: Fernando Pessoa

January light, so light


polyester, mylar, steel wire
in situ

During January’s brief days three installations respond to available light and air movement at the McClure Gallery.

In Spinning World (version écran), installed near the large front window, a subtle show of lines of light appear most of the day. This bit of light is cast onto frosted mylar panels from assemblies of cut polyester attached to curved wires which turn slowly with any breeze from the opening gallery door. But between 3 and 3:30 pm on sunny days, light reflecting off windows across the street illuminates these spinners which in turn cast bright trains of light across the mylar panels.

Sans titre (light study 01/2015) is a simple assembly of mirroed mylar panels suspended to respond to changing air currents, in turn reflecting even the slightest glimmer of daylight onto a sheet of paper hung nearby. Even days of heavy snowfall days cast light “shows” on the paper.

A few halogen lights, however, help illuminate Vie étendue (feelers) on a wall where the only daylight reflects off the white surfaces of those adjacent to it. Strips of polyester film are suspended from wires inserted into this wall, which is hung with backdrop paper. The strips move gently with changes in air from the door opening or a visitor walking past, reflecting incongruously curved lines of light on the paper.

Galerie McClure, Westmount, Quebec