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Alexis Vanasse

Bio

Originally from Drummondville, I am a young emerging artist who began his multidisciplinary undergraduate training in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. Following this wheelbase, I am continuing my undergraduate academic career at Laval University where I am currently in the process of obtaining my diploma in visual and media arts. Having, first of all, attended a number of training and workshop courses in Los Angeles, Paris, and Montreal, these multiple experiences have greatly contributed to this versatility through various subjects and practices. Deeply rooted in eclecticism and in anecdotal representation, I offer playful universes where the allegory of the image wishes to engage in an intimate dialogue with the viewer.

Statement

Through a multidisciplinary practice that is articulated by the pictorial, sculptural, technological and performative approach, my poetic and anecdotal visual proposals wish to question the limits of normative and rational reading. In a subversive way, I collect, gather, adorn and connect mundane elements in order to create spaces and universes where the illusion of control and acceptance mutually animate. Soft and tenacious, these offerings, like alter egos, seek to express a constant ambiguity between this deep sincerity and the omnipresent secrets that inhabit these fictional places. All driven by the shift in memory that is perpetually veiled, these puzzling stories are inspired by lived experiences and spaces that I have physically lived in and visited. My narrative concepts are to link personal introspection with this chaotic theatricality presenting nebulous and elusive universes. The spectator becomes his own narrator, dedicated to telling himself by trying to elucidate a mystery which, ultimately, is a phenomenon that the viewer naturally nourishes. Thus, the allegory of the image wishes to engage in an intimate dialogue with the viewer. I therefore question the balance of power that exists between the artist, the spectator, the art object and the politicized space of the exhibition spaces. Through enigmatic, even unintelligible assemblages and microcosms, I want to challenge the validation systems used to justify the intrinsic value of the work of art as well as its conformity on an intellectual scale.

CV

Education Background:
  • 2019-2021- BFA Laval University, Arts-Visuels, Québec / Québec
  • 2018 - Papermaking Atelier Retailles, Montréal / Québec
  • 2017-2019 - BFA Université Concordia, Beaux-Arts, Montréal / Québec
  • 2016-2019 - Stone carving at Michelle Lavoie, Montréal / Québec
  • 2016 - Cégep de Drummondville, Visual Arts, Drummondville / Québec
  • 2014-2015 - Atelier Terre et feu, Paris, France
  • 2013 - Painting classes Ann Bridges, Los Angeles / California
  • 2013 - Ceramic class Tanya Ragir, Los Angeles /California
  • 2012 - Atelier Terre et feu, Paris, France
  • 2008-2010 - École des Beaux-Arts “Artus”, Montréal/Québec
Collective Exhibitions:
  • 2021 - Conversation, Mayten’s Projects, Farnoosh Talaee, Toronto
  • 2021 - My magic reality, Marilyne Bissonnette et Anne Jano, Galerie Jano Lapin, Montréal.
  • 2020 - Inconfort, Berirouche Feddal et Elisabeth Perrault, Galerie Marc Gosselin, Montréal
  • 2019 - Alain Piroir, Atelier-Galerie A. Piroir, Montréal
  • 2018 - Sophie Voyer, Atelier Retailles, Montréal
Stages et Formations:
  • 2021 Atelier Retailles, Montréal / Québec
  • 2018 Atelier Retailles, Montréal / Québec
  • 2016-2019 Stone carving Michelle Lavoie, Montréal / Québec
  • 2014-2015 Atelier Terre et feu, Paris, France
  • 2013 Painting classesAnn Bridges, Los Angeles / California
  • 2013 Ceramic workshop Tanya Ragir, Los Angeles /California
  • 2012 Atelier Terre et feu, Paris, France
  • 2008-2010 École des Beaux-Arts “Artus”, Montréal/Québec
Techniques and Mediums:
  • Construction, stone carving, papermaking, textile art, metallurgy, wood carving, screen
  • printing, molding, digital art, performance, installation, drawing, painting
Relevant Experiences:
  • 2021 Exhibition installation at Michel Guimont gallery
  • 2021 Papermaking Atelier Retailles, Montréal / Québec
  • 2020 Les Encans de la quarantaine
  • 2018 Atelier Retailles, Montréal / Québec
  • 2016-2019 Stone carving Michelle Lavoie, Montréal / Québec
  • 2014-2015 Atelier Terre et feu, Paris, France
  • 2013 Painting classes Ann Bridges, Los Angeles / California
  • 2013 Ceramic workshop Tanya Ragir, Los Angeles /California
  • 2012 Atelier Terre et feu, Paris, France
  • 2008-2010 École des Beaux-Arts “Artus”, Montréal/Québec