Etienne Labbe, ‘Through the Wetlands’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Etienne Labbe, ‘Through the Wetlands’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Etienne Labbe, ‘Through the Wetlands’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Etienne Labbe, ‘Through the Wetlands’, 2015, Oeno Gallery
Etienne Labbe, ‘Through the Wetlands’, 2015, Oeno Gallery

Long dark grasses and cattails form a patterned lattice through which the fall sky pushes through. This atmospheric photograph that captures the essence of a wetland is created in two pieces.

In Labbe's work, movement is used as a creative and transformative force by which ordinary landscapes are altered. This particular series is taken with a slow shutter speed, while the photographer is in motion. The large format chromogenic prints are on archival paper, mounted on dibond (an aluminum composite on panel) and faced cleanly with acrylic. A stainless steel channel is mounted to the work on the back for easy installation.

Each print is unique. Labbe only makes 3 variations (cropped in different proportion) from each photograph. Québec born Etienne Labbé trained as a molecular biologist in Montréal and Toronto. As an artist he has worked in several mediums – sculpture, watercolour, mixed media and photography. His work consists of rapidly shifting explorations of scale, colour, light and mood. Movement is used as a creative and transformative force by which ordinary landscapes are altered. Labbé’s work is held in several private collections across Canada.

About Etienne Labbe