Peinture Canadienne IV
Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf is a visual artist and author. Since 2006, his work has been presented in several artist-run centres, galleries and museums in Quebec, such as the Centre CLARK, l’Œil de Poisson, Musée régional de Rimouski, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery and Optica. He has published three books of poetry with Le Quartanier, éditeur. He lives and works in Québec City.
Artistic project : Peinture Canadienne IV
Made with hockey cards, Canadian Painting is a pastiche of Jean-Paul Riopelle 1950s’ oil on canvas. While the famous painter constructed his paintings with a spatula covered with paint of many colors and crushed on the canvas, Canadian Painting takes up this performative construction of pictorial space: hockey cards deploy a vast system of forms and colors, mimicking a surreal hockey game, with absurd parameters.
The cards have been chosen for their attributes, they present players in action, grimacing, screaming, or sporting a vintage look. The work carries a double play of reading – an overview and thousands of details to scrutinize –, while activating a pleasant memory for the viewer, since the sport card inspires, for most people, nostalgia.
Audioguide : Listen to the artist's refelxion about the theme "Play and Distraction"
© Jean-Marc E. Roy