EXHIBITION - Jason Cantoro
Exceptionally open to the public Saturday, March 4 from 7 p.m. to midnight as part of Nuit Blanche 2017, and on Thursday March 23 for an exhibition tour.
Ubisoft's gallery presents a solo exhibition by Montreal's visual artist Jason Cantoro.
His work, which originally gravitates around image creation thru silkscreen printing, now goes beyond the flatness of the second dimension. The current exhibition is a series of work depicting the process of transition that his imagery took in order to be presented on the particular sculptural support he developed. The anamorphic 3D pieces, he calls “macro-lenticular” structures, have been modelled from a origami fold. The intention is to propose a creation that sits on the meeting point between architecture, industrial design and visual art. In the past few years, the artist multiplied his presence in the public art field. « Art makes most of it’s sense in the fact that it has the quality of creating a web of references upon which people can identify. I think it is important to create artwork in which people can relate. I believe that creating a guideline shall not be the concern of today’s artist. The world is changing fast and point of views are multiplied. The planet is shrinking as internet speed increases. This life goes to fast for someone to be anchored to a narrative or position, in other words, to be limited. We are in a post-truth era where alternative facts are considered as funny. May only boredom and tiredness be the limit to creation. My work is defined by spontaneity. When creating images, I strongly feel that thinking is overrated. To do is to play, and playing is the highest form of research. My artwork calls for imagination and I please my self to think that we can always go back to see it with a fresh approach: that there’s always more to discover.»
The show evolves around the theme of play and diversion. Precisely here, the optic system created by Cantoro invites people to walk in front of the sculpture. Most will be triggered to get a full view of the different orientations and image possibilities offered by the particular way the structure is conceived. Regarding the 2D pieces, we can notice the push and pull effect offered by a play of opacity and transparency which creates an illusion of depth. This very research with geometrical abstraction constitutes Cantoro’s first steps towards the study of the third dimension, off this later resulted the sculptures.
Since 2015, Ubisoft has commissioned Art Souterrain for the annual programming of its exhibition space in the heart of its Mile-End premises. Each exhibition has its own theme and guest artists. Its artistic orientation encourages discovery and stimulation and puts forward new approaches to artists and their practices. While the building is usually reserved for employees, the exhibition space is exceptionally open to the public as part of the Art Souterrain Festival.
Exceptionally open to the public Saturday, March 4 from 6 p.m. to midnight as part of Nuit Blanche 2017
Laurier metro station