May 6 – 27, 2017IN MONTREAL — 6345, boul. Saint-Laurent H2S 3C3
May 6 – 27, 2017
The gallery Lacerte art contemporain (Montreal) is pleased to present Gris Google – a selection of recent paintings by artist Thierry Arcand-Bossé.
Sensitive to tradition in painting as well as to the presence of technology in our lives, the painter proposes here a reflection on the meeting of these two distinct universes. Omnipresent in his practice, the appropriation of images guides, this time, the entirety of his recent production. A priori disparate, the works could be divided into two separate corpuses, although complementary.
A first series of works are thus gathered under the theme of landscape. Essentially created from images captured by webcams that are posted to the four corners of the globe and accessed via the Internet, these paintings multiply their references to a certain pan of romantic painting. But here, it is not without irony that the quest for the sublime slackens in a landscape deliberately banal and without relief.
In a completely different way, the artist is inspired by the chromatic movements generated by his computer in standby mode. As can be seen from their common title – Screensaver, these paintings could be considered as abstract as well as figurative, the figurative character being based on the idea of representation – reproduction – of what ‘screen. Here, the wide planes of colors merge harmoniously into one another, creating infinite and hypnotic spaces.
It is thus assumed that Arcand-Bossé favors a decor that is boring and deprived of human presence, as is that of an anonymous ski resort during the summer season, or that it applies to reproduce its screensaver. Raised at the level of a work of art by the activity of painting, paradoxically slow and tedious in the case of the artist, these insignificant images raise the question of the meaning and profound value of the image – and, Extension, those of the work of art – in a context of speed, hyper-production and hyper-consumption. What can really resonate in us in this “Google-bordel”, where everything is side by side on the same plan, the best as well as the worst, and where everything seems to be worth? From a more global perspective, we live in a time when we no longer have to fear the presence of technology in our lives, but rather question our most complete subservience to it.
Thierry Arcand-Bossé was born in 1976 in Quebec City, where he lives and works. He received a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at Université Laval in 2003. His work has been shown in a gallery and several artists’ centers in Quebec, in L’Œil de poisson (Quebec), Espace Virtuel (Chicoutimi) And L’Écart … place of contemporary art (Rouyn-Noranda). The artist has also participated in various events including Orange, Saint-Hyacinthe’s current art event, the Manif d’art de Québec, the Baie-Saint-Paul Contemporary Art Symposium and the Liverpool Biennial at UK. Since 2006, her work has been recognized and supported by the Quebec Arts and Letters Council through several research and creation grants. His works are part of numerous private collections, as well as the Loto-Québec Collection of artworks from the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec.
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