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October 24 - November 29, 2015

Artist: Éric Cardinal

Curator: Gentiane Bélanger

Opening reception: Saturday, October 24, 2015. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m, at the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges in Montréal.

An off-site special event organized as part of Ville de Montréal’s 7th Cultural Encounter. Produced by the Foreman Art Gallery, and shown at the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges with the financial support of Ville de Montréal.

The work of Éric Cardinal is based on successive manipulations of materials and common objects. The initial gestures are usually simple (cutting, folding, and assembling). The resulting shapes and textures are then transposed in new matters, like plaster, resin, and wax. More recently, he has integrated 3D scanning and modeling to his sculptural approach, in dialogue with more direct physical interventions on matter. By digitalizing objects and assemblages, Cardinal sets in motion a recursive process, by which reality and virtuality become entangled.

Delving into the malleable nature of matter, this exhibition establishes a dialogue between collages, photographies, and sculptural assemblages whose production contexts are intermingled and technically ambiguous. With a knack for translation, mutation and displacement, Cardinal’s recent work probes the shifting qualities of matter and of the artistic gesture itself. Like a palimpsest devoid of origin, the presented corpus wavers between digital processes, tactile moldings, and material assemblages to a point of indiscernibility between the tangible presence of matter and the virtual aura of digital processing.

Artist Biography:

Born in Drummondville in 1977, Éric Cardinal currently lives and works in Richmond, in the Eastern Townships. He holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the École des arts visuels et médiatiques at Université du Québec à Montréal, and an MFA from Université Laval. His work was shown in numerous museums, galleries and artist-run centres since 2004, and he received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec on many occasions, namely for public art projects. Cardinal currently teaches at Cégep de Sherbrooke.