Currently on view: MontrÃ©al
Kent Monkman: The Atelier
at Pierre-FranÃ§ois Ouellette Art Contemporain
14 May â€“ 23 June 2011
Installation view. Courtesy of the artist and Pierre-FranÃ§ois Ouellette Art Contemporain
â€œThe Atelierâ€ is Kent Monkmanâ€™s current exhibition at Pierre-FranÃ§ois Ouellette Art Contemporain, transforming the entrance of the gallery into an open artist studio, furnished with antique dÃ©cor including RÃ©camier, wall paper and thick embroidered drape curtains partially covering a theatre window. Placed at the centre of this mise en scÃ¨ne (although exclusively for the pleasure of those at the private view) a winged male nude poses next to an easel, canvas and used paintbrushes, piles of drawings and etchings of reference materials cluttered on the adjacent wall. Mimicking the romantic ideal of a 19th Century European studio, Monkman invokes the artist as creative genius, bastardized with contemporary paraphernalia such as a Louis Vuitton handbag and photographs of Princes William and Harry. Monkman opens the studio door for his audience to take a quick tour of the creative process in his new series of fables.