From October to November 2012, Montreal hosted the first installment of “Montreal/Brooklyn”, initiating an exchange in visual art events between the two titled cities, thus capturing important media and audience attention towards the art scene of the Quebecois metropolis. In an interview with M-KOS, Montreal coordinators Claudine Khelil and Yann Pocreau mention their delight at all the positive feedback received in Montreal, but remain alert for the final chapter of the project that is yet to come, over to the state side of the border. As it is now Brooklyn’s turn to host the next part of this event, indicated by the reversed title (Brooklyn/Montreal), the categorical test for Montreal artists will be about how they are received by New Yorkers, their critics as much as their art enthusiasts. Will there be any buzz?
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“One Eye Open” (2011) three-channel video HD projection. Installation view at Galerie René Blouin. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie René Blouin.
Pascal Grandmaison’s latest exhibition “Projections” is currently on view at Galerie Réne Blouin, for the inauguration of his new space on 2020 William Street, Montréal with two recent video works. A soundless three-channel HD video projection, “One Eye Open” (2011) meticulously depicts a bouquet of plastic flowers illuminated in pseudo-natural beauty, and “The Neutrality Escape” (2008) looks into the history of cinema, with another, single-channel HD video. M-Kos interviews Grandmaison about these and other projects.
M-KOS: Can you tell us a little bit about “Projections” your latest exhibition at René Blouin?
Pascal Grandmaison: The work we are seeing today is a follow up to a succession of projects I’ve done around the concept of daylight, I worked on several projects this year, I was really trying to look at the diverse facets of how we receive sunlight, how we interact with light arriving as a physical phenomenon, how light travels in space, and how it may affect us day-to-day. Read more
Currently on view: Luxemburg
At Casino Luxembourg / Forum d’art contemporain
29 January 2011 – 1 May 2011 / 29 janvier 2011 – 1 mai 2011
Exhibition view ©courtesy of the artist
[Press release EN]
With Half of the Darkness, Pascal Grandmaison (born in 1975; lives and works in Montreal, Canada) is enjoying his first solo exhibition in Europe, having mostly previously exhibited in Canada and the United States.
The title of the exhibition refers to the eponymous imposing artwork installed in the former ballroom of Casino Luxembourg and composed of 356 photos in black and white placed on four low plinths. Half of the Darkness condenses the artistic discourse of Pascal Grandmaison in recent years and weaves links with other (series of) artworks through a subtle game of formal and conceptual analogies.