Montréal based artist Yoakim Bélanger has one seriously beautiful art studio. He’s been spending the last few months creating his multidisciplinary works beneath the vaulted ceilings of the city center’s unused Ste-Brigide de Kildare Church. Surrounded by tall stained glass windows and lines of columns, he has been working on a complete sensory experience which will include light, sound and imagery: a DJ, organist, large scale video projections and his beautiful paintings on plates of steel will fill the space. [Read more...]
Look up in the air! It’s a bird, it’s a plane- no, it’s senior citizens sitting in white chairs, going about their daily tasks! German Installation artist Angie Hiesl made some jaws drop with these elderly people suspended 20 feet in the air on the streets of Montreal for Festival Transamerique this year. Hiesl premiered this concept in 1995 and has taken it all over the world to over 14 countries, including: Poland, Brazil, Colombia, and Perú, with local actors filling in the chairs at each location. The actors are at least 60 years of age, some over 70, and while in the chairs they perform everyday activities; like reading the newspaper, folding laundry, knitting, and eating snacks, as nonchalantly as possible as passersby look on with wonder (at least the ones who take notice).
A row of Christmas stockings hung by the fire are cozy and traditional. A cluster of vibrant Christmas socks strung up to create a sculpture is anything but conventional. This Christmas display was created by Montreal creative agency Paprika, for Domison, a retailer that has become known for creative and eco-friendly holiday installations. The sleigh-like swoop of Paprika Christmas Display comprises 600 socks fastened together with safety pins. For the holiday season it can be seen hanging from the ceiling of the Domison store at 4117 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. After the holidays, the socks will be removed and given to 300 cold toes in need at a local homeless shelter. [Read more...]