Contact 2011 Photo-a-day: Alain Paiement
To produce his bizarrely vertiginous images, Alain Paiement uses something called axonometric projection technology, a type of 3-D modelling software typical in most architects’ toolbox. This partly explains why the images he produces are uncanny, in the true sense of the word: They’re beyond anything the eye could ever see itself. His pictures have no vanishing point, which produces an unnaturally perfect balance. That he uses the technique to capture prosaic interiors and scenes — his neighbours, mostly, caught up in daily routines in their unremarkable apartments — further amps up the tension between his subjects and the irreconciliable form they inhabit. Public installation, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St. To June 2.
ABOVE: Alain Paiement’s Arrangement According to Nature (Madame), (detail of triptych), 2010.