RaphaÃ«lle de Groot, Collections (E27), 2012. Digital print. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Graff
RaphaÃ«lle de Groot
8 November â€“ 8 December 2012
at Galerie Graff, MontrÃ©al
Le poids des objets [the weight of objects], first initiated in Lethbridge in 2009 and then expanded over a series of artist residencies and group exhibitions, now returns to Montreal under the guise of a full-scale solo exhibition, video and performance. The countless and varied objects gathered by the artist over the past three years, long forgotten by their many owners, have gained new life and purpose through their integration of RaphaÃ«lle de Grootâ€™s work. As their new caretaker, she holds, sorts, photographs, handles and carries each and every one them; they are now her collection. [read the full text here]
A series of “Comic Strip (orange)” (2011) inkjet print. Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Graff. Â© 2011 GwenaÃ«l BÃ©langer
Canadian artist GwenaÃ«l BÃ©langer works in close, critical observation of phenomena which lie at the limit of perception for the naked eye, but are enhanced using mainly photographic and other lens-based processes. In creating tension between what audiences see and expect to see, BÃ©langer finds his creative arena, where perceptive deceptions, constructions and manipulations flourish.
M-KOS interviewed BÃ©langer in occurrence with â€œBroyer du Noir + Color Breakâ€, his latest solo exhibition at Galerie Graff in MontrÃ©al, which featured some of his latest experiments in photography, glass and colour, plus a few surprises.
M-KOS: Can you tell us if any specific event triggered you to produce this new series of works?
GwenaÃ«l BÃ©langer: This is the first solo show I organized since being awarded the Pierre Ayot Prize. Thereâ€™s no direct connection with the works I entered for that submission, but a specific sum in that prize was dedicated to the promotion a forthcoming exhibition, which is this one.