After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1982, Alain Paiement undertook graduate studies in Europe. In 1987, he returned to Montreal to complete a master’s degree in visual arts at UQAM, where he has taught since 2004. The first Québec artist to be invited to show work at the Whitney Museum in New York in 1992, he has been known since the late 1980s for his sculptural, or “plastic” photographic work. Having had works in numerous international exhibitions, he is considered a mainstay of Canadian contemporary photography.
YULFLY evokes the point of view just before landing or at the moment of take-off. The mural is a matrix of hundreds of photographs, and its tilt angle produces a perspective effect suggesting a bird’s-eye view above an urban street grid. The mosaic is composed of vertical views at distances ranging from a satellite’s point of view to that of a microscope.