Selection of works from the collection — Winter 2019
KAPWANI KIWANGA, NICOLAS LACHANCE, CAROLINE MESQUITA, JON RAFMAN, ERIC YAHNKER
This winter, Arsenal Contemporary Montreal presents a new selection of works from the collection. Come and discover our exhibition space, transformed to show imposing works, in size and in content.
Rafman’s work explores the limits and imbrications of real and virtual worlds, and asserts the prominence of technologies in our time. The artist creates a virtual universe displaying the rather dark sides of internet, a “place” that the artist describes as a platform for emancipation with sometimes disturbing expressions.
First trained as a journalist, Californian artist Eric Yahnker multiplies references to the American pop-culture. Using caricatures and irony, his practice fully grasps the contemporary sociopolitical Zeitgeist.
Caroline Mesquita’s work mainly consists of sculptural installations with human forms, which she uses to explore the complexity of humans’ behaviors. She infuses a vitality in her assemblages, which probe the notion of action through a theatricality.
The works of Nicolas Lachance are widely presented across the country. Working with paint, he questions the specificities of the medium through the trace and the print, two sources of dialogue central to his pictorial research.
Kiwanga’s training in anthropology and comparative religion permeates her artistic practice. Respecting a rigorous method, the artist’s works are a continuation of her research, exploring power relations through the symbolism of certain objects or materials.
Arsenal Contemporary Montreal is proud to present an artwork from the Giverny Capital Art Collection: Pink-Blue by Kapwani Kiwanga, recipient of the 2018 Sobey Art Award. The presentation of this work was made possible thanks to the Giverny Foundation for Contemporary Art.
Above : Eric Yahnker, The Long Goodbye…, 2017 (Photo credits: Romain Guilbault)