Dominique Petrin Creates Immersive Installations Using Digital Kitsch

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Hotline installation. Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba. 2013. Photo by Larry Glawson.

While many speak of the Internet as an alternate reality where, through a carefully-crafted persona known as a social media profile, we go to escape, Montreal-based artist Dominique Petrin creates immersive installations that recreate the digital experience in the physical realm. The Internet Petrin refers to is one of the bygone era of dial-up, AOL chatrooms and MS Paint. She collages the digital kitsch of yore (clip art and CMYK color palette included) into an abstract amalgamation of jarring, pixelated shapes and colors. Her work is screen-printed on paper and wallpapered on gallery walls, transforming them into otherworldly environments. Petrin has an avowed interest in hypnosis, which comes across through the dizzying array of psychedelic patterns that envelope the viewers who experience her work.

Hotline detail. Photo by Larry Glawson.


Hotline detail. Photo by Larry Glawson.


Hotline detail. Photo by Larry Glawson.

Hotline detail. Photo by Larry Glawson.

Hall of Fame installation at SNAP Gallery in Edmonton, Canada. 2014.

Hall of Fame detail.

Hall of Fame detail.


Gala installation at Arprim, Montreal, Canada. 2012. Photo by Caroline Cloutier.

Gala detail. Photo by Caroline Cloutier.

Gala detail. Photo by Caroline Cloutier.


Gala detail. Photo by Caroline Cloutier.

Palazzo installation at Les Katacombes, Montréal, Québec, Canada. 2012. Photo by Geneviève Massé.

Rear view of Palazzo installation at Les Katacombes, Montréal, Québec, Canada. 2012. Photo by Geneviève Massé.

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