Increasingly Empty Forms: 1928-1999 (detail), 2009. 12 digital c-print, ed 3 + 1 AP, 30 x 24, (collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton)
Pascal Grandmaison was born in Montréal in 1975 and holds a degree in visual art from Université du Québec à Montréal (1997). He is known for the contemplative themes of his large-scale photographs and works in film and video. Grandmaison has exhibited extensively in Canada and Europe, including recent solo exhibitions at Galerie René Blouin, Montréal (2010), Art Gallery of Hamilton (2008), Carleton University Art Gallery (2008), National Gallery of Canada (2008) and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2006). Grandmaison’s works have been acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, National Portrait Gallery, Ottawa.
I Feel Cold Today (film still), 2007. 16mm transferred to digital colour, sound (Collection of Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec)
Patrick Bernatchez is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist whose work spans the media of painting, drawing, sound, installation, video and photography. Since 2006 he has been working on a number of large-scale multi-media projects that incorporate industrial architecture as the place settings for explorations of metaphoric metamorphosis, the changing nature of industry and power and reflections on death, decay and entropy. His work has been shown internationally in solo exhibitions in The Netherlands, New York, and Paris. In Canada his work has been exhibited widely at public art institutions including the Prairie Art Gallery (Grand Prairie, Alberta), the Centre des arts actuels Skol (Montreal), Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and in forthcoming exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Galerie de l’UQAM (Montréal). He lives and works in Montreal.
Usine de sapins, 2009, Bois, peinture, cannes de peinture et matériaux divers, dimensions monumentale
Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière make up this Quebec City-based trio, who met while studying at Laval University. For over a decade, BGL has created sculptures, prints and installations that critique the commercialism of contemporary culture – often using humour. Having also explored larger themes such as death, truth, and the role of art, BGL aims to make the viewer fascinated and uncomfortable at the same time. Bilodeau, Giguère and Lavadière hold Bachelors of Visual Arts from Laval University (1996) and live and work in Quebec City. BGL was included in the Montreal Biennial (2007), la Bienal del fin del Mundo in Ushuaia (2007), la Havana Biennial (2006), sous les ponts with the Casino of Luxembourg (2005). Recent group exhibitions include Maniobres at Ton Tàpies Gallery in Barcelona (2009), Caught in the Act: Viewer as Performer, National Gallery of Canada (2008-09), and On Being an Exhibition, Artist Space, New York (2007).
Earthly Delights, 2008, HD video, video produced with the cooperation of the Prado Museum, Madrid
Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971 and grew up in Israel, London, and Vancouver. He earned a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver (1998) and an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal (2004). He currently lives and works in Montreal. Hannah is best known for his video-recorded tableaux vivants of models holding poses for extended periods in order to undermine the verity of the photographic images. His recent projects include the Prado Stills series, shot in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, and The Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House), which was produced in a small community in British Columbia with a cast of high school students and a large set measuring three-stories high. Hannah has recently exhibited at Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2009), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008, 2009), Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berline (2008), and was also featured in two public art projects as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver.
Miss Chinatown, 2009. 8.83 x 6 x 4.5 m
Born in Montreal in 1977, Karen Tam earned her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University (2000) and an MFA in Sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2002). She is currently a doctoral candidate at Goldsmiths College’s Centre for Cultural Studies, London. Recent exhibitions were held at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, CUE Art Foundation, New York, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and New Art Gallery of Walsall, UK. She is perhaps most well-known for her recreations of Westernized Chinese restaurants in museums and galleries. In these non-functioning restaurants, which mimic the family-run establishments found throughout North America, and of course have nothing to do with those found in China, “she deconstructs and reconstructs the Chinese restaurant to see which elements signify meaning for the public, and, thus play a role in influencing Western perceptions of the Chinese.”