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Somewhere. Something. Sometime.


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Somewhere. Something. Sometime. – Matt Trahan at Deluge Contemporary Art

March 22 to April 26, 2024

Opening Friday, March 22 @ 7pm

636 Yates St, Victoria | http://deluge.ca | WedSat noon–5pm


My work explores the possibilities and outcomes of cumulative mark-making, as well as the accidental beauty of found objects, detritus and chance. The slow accumulation of marks, which is common across the majority of my work on paper, transforms a drawing from an image into an object by way of process—sometimes arduous and mechanical, other times meditative and arbitrary. The labour invested in each piece imbues the work with a kind of humanity and the process/time spent returns my focus to the immediate present. In many ways, the work is a meditation on time and a conscious attempt to create something that doesn’t participate in a utilitarian system of meaning.


Matt Trahan holds a BFA from the University of Western Ontario (2009) and an MFA from the University of Victoria (2012). In 2019, he opened an independent art gallery in Victoria called Empty Gallery, which held 13 solo exhibitions by various emerging and mid-career artists from across Canada before closing in 2021 due to the pandemic. He currently lives and works in Victoria.

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