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Céline Baril
From August 13th 1986 to August 30th 1986
La bête noire

"La Bête Noire" is the continuation of a series of installations (Le Septieme Jour et Qui Perd Gagne) which do not depend on a particular style or mode of expression but rather rely on a consistent mood and spirit. A with the earlier pieces, she «La Bête Noire» is composed of an interveaving of intrigues and associations which articulate and express a chassé-croisé of concepts and materials, of history and History.

"La Bête Noire" is the site of a confrontation between photography, film, television and sculpture. The preponderant medium is photography; however, there photographic-images originate in the late night movies seen on my TV...they belong to us all and their composition is not my own.

To photographic movies involves questionning the limits of the frame, a notion which clearly distinguishes one medium from the other. In film when a character moves out of the frame, he continues to exist. Photography negates this sense of continuity: it arrests. To photograph movies on TV implies unsettling the components of the image and entails revealing the remoteness of its origins.

"La Bête Noire" is made up of ten sculptures conceived around and with these frozen images; the void between the objects is filled with words. Those words function as titles and actively participate in the piece because of their narrative potential. "La Bête Noire" stars (cinéma oblige): Apprenticeship, Doubt, Memory, Desire, Wrath, Vertigo, Identity, Exoticism and of course L'Amour Toujours L'Amour.

"La Bête Noire" is black. Each of the objects is covered with a thick layer of tar which pave the roads of my history.

"La Bête Noire" is neither scientific, theoretical nor methodical, she simply displays certain constants.

"La Bête Noire" aspires to completeness, yet she will forever remain unsatisfied because she is desire; devouring all that crosses her path and perpetually demanding more.
- Press release (Optica)

Bibliographie
Bérard, Serge , « Céline Baril », Vie des Arts, déc. 86, Hiver, # 125, p. 58.
Daigneault, Gilles, « Exposition », Le Devoir, samedi 23 août 1986, p. C-8.
Falk, Lorne, « Céline Baril, La Bête Noire » C Magazine, #12, 1987, p. 76-77.
Johnstone, Lesley, « Céline Baril, Optica et Arc », Vanguard, décembre 1986 à janvier, 87, p. 29-30.
Lepage, Jocelyne, « Le rouge et le Noir de Céline Baril », La Presse , septembre 1986.
St-Pierre, Gaston, « Céline Baril, Optica », Parachute, # 45, Hiver (déc. jan. fév) 1986-1987.