L’ART S’AFFICHE

From June 1 to August 31, 2022

Montreal artist Nik Mirus’ FROM A TO B presented on the façade of Ubisoft’s studio in the Mile End

Art Souterrain
Ubisoft

Art Souterrain is proud to present the fourth edition of L’art s’affiche, in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal.

From March 7 to May 31, 2022, Ubisoft will host a solo exhibition of works by artist Nik Mirus in Mile End, on the exterior façade of its studio at the corner of Saint-Viateur and Saint-Dominiquestreets. With the objective of democratizing art in the public space, this unique project is part of the Art in Workspace program, whose mandate is to integrate art into the professional environment.

L’art s’affiche has three main objectives:

  • To provide opportunities for emerging artists to be recognized and spotted by art lovers and professionals in the visual arts community;
  • To familiarize and encourage reflection on contemporary art through new encounters and discoveries in the visual arts and thus strengthen the employees’ sense of belonging through this different activity;
  • To offer visibility and accessibility to visual art in all its forms and to create an embellishment of the neighborhood for the citizens.

Art Souterrain is thrilled that Ubisoft is involved in supporting young emerging talent and we are pleased to announce that a regular program will be held every three months on their studio’s façade. This is an incredible opportunity for emerging artists to present a solo exhibition to the general public. It’s also a great opportunity for passersby, curious people and art lovers alike to discover new talent and fully immerse themselves in the artist’s world!

Nik Mirus

FROM A TO B – du June 1 to August 31, 2022

Biography

Originally from Winnipeg MB, Nik Mirus studied and graduated from the Dawson College Institute of Photography in Montreal. Along with maintaining a personal artistic practice, Mirus shoots commissioned projects for a variety of commercial and editorial clients both in Canada and abroad. He has been featured twice in Flash Forward, the Magenta Foundation’s annual compendium of emerging photographic talent, was shortlisted for the Jen Beckman Hot Shot Competition and has won numerous awards for his commissioned work. He currently lives in Montreal with his partner, their daughter and is represented commercially by L’Eloi.

Artist statement

As a photographer, I am interested in how simple objects can be stripped of their original purpose and meaning. By focusing on their form, line and materiality they become building blocks to create new and unexpected compositions. My photography is studio-based. It is a space where I am in control of the environment and allows me to build my pictures piece by piece. Making preliminary sketches, mocking up and building sets, are all part of the experience. It is a generative and iterative process wherein mistakes are made, ideas are scrapped or re-worked and new ideas are conceived. It is this process that drives me, sometimes even more than capturing the final image itself.

Œuvre de l'artiste Nik Mirus pour l'exposition L'art s'affiiche chez Ubisoft Montréal

SHADOW PLAY SERIE 01 à 04

Digital photographs, 2021

In collaboration with Camille Boyer

These images were created to fulfill a need to break away from our more complicated and often restrictive commercial projects. By using found objects, simple lighting techniques, we were free to experiment with these materials, manipulating them to create playful, sculptural compositions.

Œuvre de l'artiste Nik Mirus pour l'exposition L'art s'affiiche chez Ubisoft Montréal

DEBRIS SERIE 05 à 07

Digital photographs, 2018

Using bits of debris and printed backgrounds, these photographs are intended to breathe new life into discarded pieces of detritus. By combining photography techniques with set design elements often reserved for luxury goods, I invite viewers to appreciate the importance of being able to see the beauty in the mundane and banal objects that we pass by daily.

Œuvre de l'artiste Nik Mirus pour l'exposition L'art s'affiiche chez Ubisoft Montréal

SMOKE AND MIRRORS SERIE 08 à 12

Digital photographs, 2020

In this series, transparent and reflective materials such as mirrors and acrylic are combined with the fluidity of water. Shot entirely ‘in camera’ will minimal digital manipulation, these multi layered scenes explore themes of perception and illusion.