Depicting two interconnected padlocks, Realia Series: Lovers I (to AB) intimates, through the small and mundane, the paradoxical effects behind security and trust. Drawing parallels between territorial conflict and interpersonal relationships, the work explores enclosure and safekeeping as two sides of the same coin, resulting in the estrangement that stems from the need to define borders and secure ourselves. After all, something that protects you can also bind you and lock you in.
Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Costa Rica in 1980 and currently lives and works in Montreal. He has a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, a post-graduate diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and a MFA from NSCAD University, Halifax. Recent solo exhibitions include the MacLaren Arts Centre in Barrie, Ontario, Sporobole Art Centre in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and galerie antoine ertaskiran in Montreal. In 2012, his work was shortlisted for the Art Gallery of York University’s ABotM; he won the 2011 Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Award. His work has been reviewed and published in various magazines, newspapers, and books. Notable examples include The Brave New Avant Garde by Marc James Léger and reviews in Canadian Art, Le Devoir, the Montreal Gazette, and the Barrie Advance.
Ortiz-Apuy’s work is in numerous private and public collections in Canada, among them the NSCAD University Visual Resources Collection and the Halifax Regional Municipality. Upcoming exhibitions include ARTPRIM, ARTSPACE, Eastern Edge, A Space, and the 7th Quebec City Biennial Manif d’Art.