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.