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Martin Désilets
From March 7th 2003 to April 12th 2003
Les agglomérations - cartes postales et petits formats

These “postcards and small formats” are taken from Les agglomérations, a body of work produced after recent visits to Lebanon. Its title conjures up the housing agglomerations that make up the cities and towns of the country; it also suggests the notion of a journey through these spaces and locations. At the same time, it describes the project in its form and substance — an accumulation of elements, disparate and eclectic fragments (photographic, painted, or assembled) that aggregate to form objects or heterogeneous “zones.” The whole is freely organized around a play of formal and semantic associations. One rule, however, is strictly observed, like a proscription: throughout the production of the project, and in its very construction, this agglomerative work categorically excludes the use of a particular formal element — the green line. This discreet restriction in the use of colour and form surreptitiously gives the work a political dimension.

Born in 1969, Martin Désilets holds a master's degree in visual arts from Université du Québec à Montréal. In his artistic practice, centred on the object and on the paint medium, various fragments coexist and accumulate in a play of exits and recontextualizations that recreate a syntax through which what is not said and not represented often takes at least as important a place as what seems given from the outset. He's been to Lebanon twice: in 2001, during an artist residence in Tripoli; and in 2002, when he presented a part of the Les agglomérations at Espace D in Beirut. His works have been shown in several solo exhibitions in Quebec: at Galerie des arts visuels de l'Université Laval (2002), at Occurrence gallery (2001), at the Centre d'exposition de Mont-Laurier (2000), and at Centre d'exposition CIRCA (1999). He has participated in various group exhibitions, mainly in Quebec, but also in Ontario and in Lebanon. He occasionally publishes in specialized journals.