Through the Forest
February 27, 2021 to April 18, 2021
Stewart Hall Art Gallery
Exhibition visits by telephone reservation: 514-630-1220
Monday to Sunday: 1 to 4:30 p.m.
The Laurentian forest is rich. It hosts one of the oldest ecosystems on the planet, dating back more than 10,000 years. Its fauna, flora and topographical contours feed the collective imagination, especially through local stories. In this narrative perspective, one can wonder about the constitution of a properly Laurentian mythology. One of the first formulations in favour of this idea is Domingo Cisneros’ The Laurentian Bestiary (1987): a set of 12 sculptures representing fictitious animals of the region, accompanied by descriptive texts with an ethological, anthropological and sometimes humorous tone.
Based on a reflection on this bestiary, most of which was destroyed during a fire that razed the artist’s studio in 1996, the collective exhibition Through the Forest intends to restore and supplement the mythological repertoire of the Laurentian forest. The five artists participating in the project were invited to present new productions that freely deploy the symbolic potential of this vast natural territory. The exhibition, which opens the 40th anniversary program of the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, is also an opportunity to present the photographic archives of The Laurentian Bestiary, as well as the last two survivors of its corpus, La bête de la vallée de la Rivière Rouge and La bête paresseuse.
In partnership with the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides
ARTISTS: Domingo Cisneros, David Lafrance, Jean-Pierre Aubé, Anne-Renée Hotte, Frances Adair Mckenzie
CURATOR: Aseman Sabet