#FANART, idiphi, Montréal, 2015, Photos © idiphi, Toma Iczkovits
This installation was the central piece of my 2015 show at idiphi. Entitled #FANART, it was centered around a small fan from which a large quantity of paint splattered over all the room. Only my trademark flame let the light pass through the window. At one corner of the room, a paint roller is against the wall as if a painter had left it while on a break. This refers to my Whitewashing series, which shows painters covering generic abstract paintings... an act on censorship if you will. These were hanging on the opposite wall made of the room, against old wood planks. The whole piece is a nod to my Fan Art screen print series, three of which were hanging at one entrance of the room. Taken literally, #FANART could be "art" made with a fan, but it's also a big online movement in which artists from all over the world draw and paint their favourite characters from pop culture. One could argue that I am, for the most part, a fan artist.
Ficticious Science, Centropolis, Laval, 2014, Photos © La Centrale des Artistes, Emmanuel Laflamme
This installation was created for the Cubicule project, an ephemeral exhibit organized by La Centrale des Artistes in Laval. We had 24 hours to plan it out and 24 hours to build the installation, which was shown for 24 hours. My piece combined hieroglyphs, occult symbols and pop cultural references, offering a new take on some of the most famous paranormal phenomenons from the past century.
Illumi-NATION, Fresh Paint Gallery, Montreal, 2014, Photos © Adrien Fumex
Upon entering the room, it feels like the fourth of July in America. The Stars and Stripes of the American flag are everywhere. This abundance of patriotic symbols seems a bit excessive to be innocent however... The eagle has two heads, the Catholic cross is merged with the $ sign and the eye above the pyramid seems to be watching us. The enigmatic maxims listed here and there and the various staged objects invite us to reconsider the history of the United States through its unknown facets. The American people are proud of their country's values, they like to display the emblems of the nation. But are the foundations of America so well-meaning that its people believe them? -Yann Meurot
Execution, Fresh Paint Gallery, Exposition Éphémère, Montreal, 2012, Photos © Adrien Fumex
The word execution can evoke different meanings. The first one that comes to mind is a firing squad. This symbol was used to represent a committee who refused an artistic project on which I had worked for months, so I created this concept to show them as they destroy my efforts. The second meaning I see is related to action; the execution of a task, like painting a mural for example. One word, two different visions: destruction and creation. I transformed a negative experience (the refusal of a project) into something positive: the creation of my first mural.
How to Fake Salvador Dali's Signature, L'Espace Créatif, Agrégat, Montreal, 2012, Photos © Emmanuelle Néron
This is a participative installation for which the public was invited to learn how to imitate Salvador Dali's signature by following a diagram on a canvas. The piece refers to the large amount of fake Dali's circulating on the art market, but also to an article published in 1985 which revealed the artist had signed thousands of blank sheets for the black market.
Mouse Trap, Fresh Paint Gallery, CEASE IT #2, Montreal, 2011, Photos © Kevin Murphy, Emmanuel Laflamme
For this participative installation, the public was invited to throw darts at the artwork, on the face of Mickey Mouse which was covered by a painted dart board. The piece was built on house insulation panels in order to let darts penetrate easily. The background is covered with dozens of original sketches of Disney characters, which I made when I was teaching myself cartooning. One could argue the piece represents a critique of the Disney Corporation, but the act of throwing darts represent my efforts to reach my goal of working in cartoon animation.