Alexis Vanasse’s first solo exhibition
La tulipe est ostensible et l’artiste trivial (The blooming of the ostensible tulip and the trivial artist)
June 30 – July 27, 2022
Opening Reception: June 30, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Mayten’s is proud to present Alexis Vanasse’s first solo exhibition La tulipe est ostensible et l’artiste trivial (The blooming of the ostensible tulip and the trivial artist) expands the boundaries of the still life trope, transforming traditional still lives into poetic sculptural tableaus comprising unusual, sometimes surreal juxtapositions of found and altered objects. Defying immediate rational interpretation, they engage the viewer in an intersubjective dialogue with the artist over potential meanings and ultimately challenge the Enlightenment values of rationality and reason.
La tulipe est ostensible et l’artiste trivial opens June 30th, 2022 and runs through July 27th, 2022.
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Join Mayten’s and the artist Alexis Vanasse to celebrate the opening of the exhibition La tulipe est ostensible et l’artiste trivial (The blooming of the ostensible tulip and the trivial artist) at Mayten’s 165 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V 1C6
Next Thursday, June 30th 6:00 – 8:00pm
About the artist:
Originally from Drummondville, I am a young emerging artist who began his multidisciplinary undergraduate training in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. Following this wheelbase, I am continuing my undergraduate academic career at Laval University where I am currently in the process of obtaining my diploma in visual and media arts. Having, first of all, attended a number of training and workshop courses in Los Angeles, Paris, and Montreal, these multiple experiences have greatly contributed to this versatility through various subjects and practices. Deeply rooted in eclecticism and in anecdotal representation, I offer playful universes where the allegory of the image wishes to engage in an intimate dialogue with the viewer.
Through a multidisciplinary practice articulated by a pictorial, sculptural, technological, and performative approach, my poetic, anecdotal visual proposals question the limits of normative and rational readings. In other words, their subjectivity questions the mechanisms of conformity to conventional intellectual evaluation systems of artworks. I subversively collect, pick, adorn, and connect elements to construct spaces conducive to an existence free of interpretive boundaries that do not require justification. The open-ended structure of my practice concerns unpredictable movements of memory, the power of the image as a social meeting point, the balance of power between art historical precedent and the contemporary artist, and the borders of popular discourse. There is no quest to convince viewers of pre-defined meanings. The inclusivity of multiple interpretations is the pulse of the work—the wind in the sails. The concretization of such volatile, fleeting perceptions is the source of my work. Our words are perched between tangible and intangible spaces, overseeing how we share and listen to existence and the debates concerning it.
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165 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V 1C6