Occurrence

Open Air Museum

John Dohan

Chosen in the professional Saint-Lambert artist category by the selection committee, John Dohan presents a work from his “Midway” series. 

At the foot of Mount Royal, La Renommée, a winged female figure, sits atop the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier, silhouetted against the horizon of the mountain’s Côte Placide. The striking view of this sculpture is part of Montrealers’ collective imagination. The angel activates in an encounter with a passer-by who, unknowingly, finds himself momentarily juxtaposed with the divinity, resulting in an astonishing complicity of the profane and the sacred.

The artist dedicates this work to Leonard Cohen.

THE ARTIST

Landscape architect John Dohan approaches photography as a magical realism. The recipient of several grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), he interprets a site from a conceptual point of view, combining the familiar with the strange in an ecology of the gaze that seeks to enchant. 

Factsheet of the work

  • Photograph, from the “Midway” series, 2013