October 8, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Opening Reception: October 17, 2018.
Michèle Provost creates uncanny juxtapositions that help to unravel the layers that make up our society, from pop-culture and commercialism to the hierarchical structure of our cultural landscape. With her meticulous hand-crafted multimedia practice, the Gatineau-based artist presents an ambitious installation that uses the aesthetic developed by twentieth-century Canadian artist-icon, Jean-Paul Riopelle, as a basis for a Martha Stewartesque home collection of décor and goods. Riopelle (1923-2002) was one of a handful of Canadian artists who became a household name and achieved international recognition. In combining this study of his legacy with marketing strategies commonly used to entice us, Provost continues her investigation of both the “star-power” found in the art world, as well as the all-pervasive influence of consumerism.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.