Exhibition - Yannick Pouliot at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal - February 8 to April 20, 2008

    MONTREAL, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - He charms us with works that have an
undeniable seductive power: opulent furniture straight out of the eighteenth
century, made of mahogany and covered with jacquard upholstery, but that packs
a strong, highly contemporary, psychological punch. "Picture if you can," says
Marc Mayer, "Watteau and Polanski as partners in a firm of interior
decorators." Welcome to the world of Québec artist Yannick Pouliot. The Musée
d'art contemporain presents Yannick Pouliot, the artist's first solo
exhibition in Montréal, from February 8 to April 20, 2008.
    Pouliot started out by experimenting with various media including
photography, video and sound, then gained a reputation for his spectacular
pieces, steeped in sensibility and poetry, that incorporate decorative
elements, furniture and architecture, all put to new use.


    The exhibition showcases a series of ten serigraphs, a group of three
sculptures-Empire : possessif, Eastlake : intransigeant and Régence
monomaniaque, from 2007-and a major architectural installation, Louis XVI :
indifférent, 2008. In these works, Pouliot continues to explore
anthropomorphic domestic forms through pieces inspired by eighteenth and
nineteenth-century furniture. As curator Mark Lanctôt explains, "The isolation
(or alienation) of contemporary society is echoed in disjointed, numbing
settings and in furniture closed in on itself, precluding any possibility of
normal use, and afflicted with excrescences, forced linkages and
disarticulations." Pouliot urges us to take a look at our society and its
decadence, while leading us through a spellbinding visual, emotional and
kinesthetic experience.

    Yannick Pouliot

    Born in Sainte-Justine-de-Newton, Québec, in 1978, Yannick Pouliot lives
and works in Saint-Casimir-de-Portneuf. After studies in horticulture (in
Saint-Hyacinthe), he originally planned to go into small-scale farming before
finally opting for a career in art. He has a BFA from Université Laval, as
well as training in carpentry. His contribution to the 2003 Manif d'art
2 event in Québec City launched him onto the art scene and introduced him to
the public, which took to his work right away. The next year, he was invited
to participate in Artefact 2004, and was given the stamp of approval by major
museums. His work Le Courtisan was purchased by the Musée national des
beaux-arts du Québec and he was invited by the Musée d'art contemporain to
take part in the exhibition L'Envers des apparences in 2005. He also earned
critical acclaim: voted one of the year's top picks by the newspaper La Presse
in 2004, featured in the 2005 year-end roundups in the weeklies Voir and Ici,
singled out for 2003 "work of the year" in the twentieth-anniversary edition
of Espace sculpture magazine, rated a 2008 visual arts "Noisemaker" by Hour
and a "sure thing" for winter 2008 by Voir, and profiled in the February 2008
edition of L'Actualité magazine.


    A catalogue will be produced for release in March in order to include
photographs of the installation in situ. It will contain an essay by curator
Mark Lanctôt, a poetic piece by writer/composer Pierre Lapointe, a
biobibliography and reproductions of the works. The publication will be
available at the museum's Olivieri Bookstore or from your local bookseller.

    Point(s) of View Series

    In conjunction with the exhibition, a guided tour will be given by Musée
curator Mark Lanctôt, who organized the show, on Wednesday, February 13, 2008,
at 6 p.m. The event is free of charge and will take place in French and

    Ces images sonores/Sound Images

    The public is also invited to rediscover the enchantment of Pouliot's
Le Courtisan, currently on display in Ces images sonores/Sound Images, an
exhibition of works from the Permanent Collection, thanks to a special loan
from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

    The Musée d'art contemporain is a provincially owned corporation funded
by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine
du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of Canadian
Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.
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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, Public Relations
Coordinator, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org; Visual material
available: www.macm.org, Newsroom, Link: Visual material, User name: presse,
Password: Borduas

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