Artist Multiple: Dominique Pétrin and Jon Vaughn
BlackFlash Magazine has teamed up with AKA artist-run to commission a joint project between Dominique Petrin (QC) and Jon Vaughn (SK). During Pétrin’s Fall exhibiton The Living Room and Other Displays at AKA, Vaughn experimented with an installation entitled Chasm Drifter in AKA’s new project space. The similarities between their visual arts practice connect directly around the use of found imagery, the silk-screening process and hypnotic patterning and colour selections. The artists also share a connection to experimental and electronic music; a clear influence on their visual practices.
Dominique Pétrin is a multidisciplinary artist born in Montreal. In visual arts as well as performance, her interests converge towards producing altered states of conscience and perception, be it through cognitive or visual illusions, or, for her performances, the use of hypnosis. A former member of the band Les Georges Leningrad, she also collaborated with such renowned artists as Sophie Calle and Pil & Galia Kolletiv. She staged performances at the Frieze Art Fair in London, at the Désordres Festival in Lille, MUTEK, Viva! and Rouyn-Noranda’s Performance Biennale. She was rewarded with an artist residency in Nunavik by the Quebec Council for the Arts, participated in the 29th Contemporary Art Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, and was selected for the last installment of the Quebec Triennial at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.
Jon Vaughn is a visual and audio artist born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1981. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History. His visual artwork has been featured in many publications and group exhibits around the world including France, Germany, Italy, Beligum, Japan and Argentina. Vaughn is currently one of the two curators of the online exhibit Guardie which has roots in Italy but has tentacles stretch that across the globe, and continues to operate his publishing house Ecstasy Editions, his video store Videonomicon, and record label Pop Quiz Records. He releases, performs and DJs experimental and electronic music as VC Vibes and Phlegm Gadget, as well as playing in the noise band Slime Street with his friend Dallas Kruselnicki aka Greenmist.