They are: Thierry Marceau (performance/installation), Andréanne Abbondanza-Bergeron (sculpture/architecture), Steffi Bélanger (sculpture/installation), Réal Capuano (photography), Peter Gnass (sculpture), Gentiane Barbin (sculpture /performance), Phil Allard (sculpture/installation), Daniel Corbeil (sculpture), Guillaume Allyson (drawing, collage), Macelino G. Barsi, Pétur Már Gunnarsson (sculpture/installation), Simon Beaudry (sculpture /design), Réal Patry (sculpture), Élisabeth Picard (sculpture/installation), Élaine Frigon (video), and Sébastien Pesot (video), showing their work alongside Brillant’s sculptural installations.

Works range from an amusing riff on Damien Hirst – skeletal bones and skulls covered with ‘crystals’; a pile of round coloured stickers so guests could create their own ‘dot’ work – to a four-channel video. (We won’t tell you all the artist’s names. Go and see for yourself. It’s free by the way!)
In one corner, a heavy antique bank safe contains ‘gold’ bars. Long sheaves of wheat cast in iron lie horizontally on its top. It stands beside an installation that combines recycled porcelain vases with rocks and rusty cut-out iron pieces. In both these works, the interplay of textures and shapes by Jean Brillant is, well, brilliant.

Shown under his video, artist Simon Beaudry’s massive moose antlers are attached to a human skull, attracting the attention of many of the under-10 youngsters who rushed around loving the show – almost as much as the adults. Speaking of which, visitors were totally SoHo, Paris, London in their attire, which ranged from biker jackets, huge fur (fake!) coats, red and leopard tights, great sneakers and designer bags. Kids were equally cool. One little girl ran around carrying a long-stemmed rose, her fuchsia tights matching her skirt. A young performance artist in the making.

Outdoors there are two interesting spaces. One greets visitors with a red-clad figure stuck in a tree by the front door, and continues at the back of the gallery where the trees are transformed - dressed with vintage clothing by Élaine Frigon. The back yard of the gallery is chock-full of iron pieces by Brillant. The night of the vernissage, one ‘sculpture’ was lit, transforming it into a source of warmth in the snowy night.

The show is all about transformation. Indoors, the massive atelier itself has become one of the most interesting art spaces in the city. Outdoors, the yards and trees are now art-full.

Les Ateliers Jean-Brillant will house a series of performances during March.

Chantier Libre IV
March 11-23, 2014 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
3520 Saint-Jacques (corner Rose de Lima). Métro Lionel-Groulx.

Schedule at www.lesateliersjeanbrillant.com(lien externe)

 

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Élaine Frigon

 
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Jean Brillant

 
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Jean Brillant

 
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Simon Beaudry

 
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Dorota Kozinska, Jean Brillant et Mayor Benoit Dorais