Prémices / Open-Ended
Curator: Emmanuel Galland
At the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance St., # 103, Montreal
INFORMATION : 514 982-1812
Opening and guided visit:
Thursday, March 29 – 5 pm
March 29 - May 5
''Surrounded by a dozen or so of his new paintings in various stages of development, I couldn't help but notice an immense growth in his work.''
Stephanie Nazywalskyj, ARC – Art - Recognition - Culture sur la Caraïbe
Manuel Mathieu's exhibition presents a deconstructed and stripped down world inhabited by the fractured and the fragmented. This new body of work consists of a series of paintings as well as works created in direct response to the gallery space. Prémices / Open-Ended suggests a post-cataclysmic atmosphere, an atmosphere of reconstruction, where characters in the process of mutating—quasi-abstract, quasi-figurative spectres—morph along a path leading to renewal. This image-based installation sparks a fertile dialogue, especially for those marked by trauma. The Prémices / Open-Ended exhibition is presented in collaboration with Rallye Expos 2012 of Vues d'Afrique.
Since 2009, the emerging artist has presented his works abroad, most notably at the Galerie Bourbon-Lally (New York), la Maison des artistes (Paris) and la Galerie Marassa (Miami). In 2011, his works were shown with other artists' at the African American Caribbean Design Dispora (London), at the Agwé Gallery at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. This past year, Mathieu completed a residency at Studio Béluga in Montreal in addition to participating in the studio's Locate Me / Repérez Moi exhibition. In 2012, Mathieu will present a joint exhibition at the Musée du Montparnasse in Paris.
Born in Port-au-Prince in 1986, Manuel Mathieu lives and works in Montreal where he received a combined Bachelors in Visual and Media Arts at UQAM. His works have made their way into several private collections.
For images and more information, contact :
Christine Roy, 514-982-1812, ext. 227, firstname.lastname@example.org