Doug Dumais

Photography

Doug Dumais

Biography

Doug Dumais is an emerging photographer, art educator, and poet, living and working in Montreal. His photography elucidates the nearly imperceptible networks of temporal, cultural, and social influences within physical, virtual, or textual spaces. Layering images with poetry, references to the history of art, or materials from books and construction sites, he explores the potential of photographic materials to speak to intangible concepts.

A self-taught artist, Dumais holds a Masters degree in Art History from Concordia University (2019). He self-published a book of photographs and poetry titled Shroud Lines in 2017 and he looks forward to publishing his second, Aux Miroirs / To the Mirrors, in the fall of 2020. His work is held in private collections in Ontario and Quebec, and his scholarly writing, photography, and poetry have been featured in arts publications across Canada, including, most recently, Opal Magazine.
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Artistic approach

Doug Dumais uses photography to elucidate the temporal, spatial, and cultural inter-relations that are active in physical or immaterial spaces. He starts by carefully observing locations undergoing drastic changes such as construction sites and buildings slated for demolition, or navigating intangible spaces found in fictional texts and digital software.

In the studio, Dumais reintroduces his images into a state of change by physically or digitally altering them. He juxtaposes photographs with historical paintings, layers them with poetry, or adds objects like book pages or construction materials. This process draws out hidden narratives within his images and transforms them into material conduits for abstract concepts such as time, meaning-making, or the influence of one’s surroundings on the formation of identity.

His approach materializes the invisible connections that exist between places and their inhabitants, artworks and their viewers, or texts and their readers. Dumais’ manipulated photographs of the ambient spaces humans occupy, traverse, or overlook are footholds in a process of becoming more deeply aware of the overlapping histories and subjectivities present within the built environment.
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