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La tulipe est ostensible et l’artiste trivial

The blooming of the ostensible tulip and the trivial artist

June 30th - July 27th, 2022

Alexis Vanasse

b.1994, Montreal


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Through a multidisciplinary practice articulated by a pictorial, sculptural, technological, and performative approach, my poetic, anecdotal visual proposals question the limits of normative and rational readings. In other words, their subjectivity...

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La tulipe est ostensible et l’artiste trivial (The blooming of the ostensible tulip and the trivial artist) combines pictorial, sculptural, and collage compositions to expand the boundaries of the still life trope. The photographs’ starting point is the traditional still life, specifically blooming white tulips in vases. But past that, tradition shatters. An inventory of kitschy objects (a retro souvenir knife of Halifax or an eighties Micro-Lite toy microwave oven) found sculptural pieces (a black reproduction bust or an ornamental potted plant), and altered quotidian materials (rope, paper, or foam tubing) transform still lives into poetic sculptural tableaus. Alongside these are uncanny surreal elements—scraps of wigs or a disembodied plaster hand. This array of incompatible objects evokes humour, tension, and enigma. Such juxtapositions channel those magical moments of real life poetry when the unusual eclipses the ordinary. These moments raise the possibility that there may be no singular rational interpretation of the photographs, thus establishing an open-ended intersubjective dialogue between viewer and artist. Vanasse’s odd juxtapositions convey an irrationality that questions the Enlightenment’s linear logical reasoning.


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Alexis Vanasse

b.1994, Montreal


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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...

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